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No army takeover of Pakistan: Sharif
March 11, 2009 22:32 IST
Amidst political turmoil in Pakistan, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif [Images] on Wednesday 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".
The meeting comes at a time when President Asif Ali Zardari [Images] was on a visit to Iran.
In 1999, then army chief General Pervez Musharraf [Images] seized the power from premier Sharif in a bloodless coup.
Despite a crackdown on the Pakistan Muslim League (N) workers and lawyers, a defiant Sharif told CNN-IBN news channel that his party will go ahead with its long march.
Asked if the deepening political crisis will open the door for the US to intervene, Sharif said: "there is absolutely no need for international intervention and we are capable of restoring order in our house."