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Zardari returns to Pakistan, meets Gilani

world Updated: Mar 12, 2009 07:47 IST

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In a late night development, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has returned to Islamabad from Tehran.

According to Geo TV, President Zardari convened an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, to discuss the ongoing political crisis.

As per the sources, the situation sparked by the crackdown on lawyers and on opposition political leaders in view of lawyers’ long march and sit-in would have ruled the discussion.

Earlier, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dismissed reports of an army takeover of the troubled country once again.

Sharif, who has urged the masses to defy a government clampdown and join a nationwide protest, said the "chances of army takeover is absolutely nil".

Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and discussed the political and security situation in the country. The meeting comes against the backdrop of a major crackdown on lawyers and opposition party activists ahead of a nationwide protest, said PTI.

Kayani called on Gilani at the Prime Minister's House and discussed matters of national importance, state-run APP news agency reported without giving details.