Officials: Pakistani PM Called UK, Fearing Coup

By Salon Staff

Published January 13, 2012 11:00AM (EST)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An official in Islamabad and a British official say Pakistan's prime minister made a telephone call to the top British diplomat in the country this week, expressing fears that the Pakistani army might be about to stage a coup.

The officials said Friday that Yousuf Reza Gilani asked High Commissioner Adam Thomson for Britain to support his embattled government.

It's unclear if the British government took any action.

The officials didn't give their names because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Tensions between Pakistan's army and government have soared in recent days, leading to speculation that the army might stage a coup or support possible moves by the Supreme Court to oust the government.


Dodd reported from London.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani commission investigating the unsolved murder of a journalist last year has said that the country's notorious intelligence service needs to be more "law-abiding."

The report released Friday by a government-appointed judicial commission says the inquiry did not find enough evidence to name any perpetrators in the death of Saleem Shahzad, who was killed after he told friends he had been threatened by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

However, the commission does call on Pakistan's intelligence agencies to be made more accountable to the government through internal reviews and oversight by parliament. It also says agencies' interactions with reporters should be closely monitored.

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