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Pakistan President Says No 'War' With Army


Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says his civilian government is not at "war" with the country's powerful military, as reports continue to focus on tensions between the two.

Speaking in an interview with Pakistan's Geo News TV channel, Zardari said: "Why would we be at war with the military? There is no war."

His comments come as pressure mounts on his government over a scandal involving an unsigned memo that accused the military of plotting a coup after it was humiliated by the unilateral U.S. special forces raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil in May.

The Pakistani Supreme Court is investigating who was behind the memo.

If a link is established between Zardari and the memo, it could further threaten Pakistan's weak civilian government, which is facing its worst political crisis since taking power in 2008.

compiled from agency reports
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