Army chief: Military avoids politics

Jan. 20, 2012 at 8:02 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani assured President Asif Ali Zardari the military will not stage a coup as the two leaders met Friday.

Kayani and Zardari had tea together at the president's residence after a military ceremony, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

"Gen. Kayani assured the President that the army will stick to its professional duties and will not engage in politics. He expressed his commitment to the elected government," a senior government official said.

Also Friday, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the Supreme Court the government does not plan to fire Kayani or Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the director of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the Dawn newspaper reported. The high court postponed a hearing on a petition asking the court to bar the government from taking any action against the two men.

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