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Pak insists on political stability in Thailand

Pakistan calls for political stability in Thailand after the military ousted the Thai chief on Tuesday night.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 21:06 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Pakistan on Wednesday called for political stability in Thailand, where the military seized power in a bloodless coup on Tuesday night.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said that Islamabad was "watching the situation (in Thailand) with concern." "We hope there will be calm and avoidance of violence," Aslam said.

Thailand's army commander sent tanks and troops to the streets of the capital, Bangkok, and declared martial law early Wednesday, seizing power from the popularly elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was at the UN General Assembly in New York.

"Pakistan traditionally enjoyed good relations with Thailand. We want to see political stability in Thailand," Aslam added. Pakistan, a conservative Muslim South Asian nation, has been ruled by the military for most of its history since it gained independence from British rule in 1947.

Its current leader, President General Pervez Musharraf, seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, toppling an elected prime minister who now lives abroad in exile.

On Wednesday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch urged US President George W Bush to pressurise Musharraf to restore civilian rule and hold free elections.

Musharraf, who is in the US on a visit, is a key Washington ally and is scheduled to meet with Bush on September 27 for talks on regional security.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 21:06 IST

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