World reaction to coup in Pakistan
October 13, 1999
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook
"Britain's objectives ... must be the restoration of democracy and rule of law."
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
"The armed forces should recognize that the order they impose may be orderly ... but it will nevertheless lack legitimacy ... The forces therefore, as speedily as possible, unweave themselves out of the situation they feel has been thrust on them. They must draw up a timetable -- not of years but of weeks or months -- for returning the country to democratic governance."
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
"We are monitoring the situation and keeping ourselves fully informed. India's policy towards Pakistan is consistent and principled ... We wish the people of Pakistan well."
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine
"France is following the events in Pakistan with concern and vigilance and urges the country and the army to respect its institutions."
International Commission of Jurists
"The ICJ firmly condemns any form of seizure of power or interference by the armed forces in the political system of a country, at any given time and for whatever reason ... The ICJ therefore urges General Musharraf and the army to announce a prompt return of Pakistan to constitutional normalcy and civilian government."
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
"To me, that incident is very regrettable. Everybody must respect leaders elected by the people. If anyone disagrees with Nawaz Sharif, they should wait until the elections are held."
Russian Foreign Ministry
"The fate of Pakistan is of concern to us and we hope it will manage to avoid excesses and that constitutional and democratic norms will be re-established."
Chinese Foreign Ministry
"Pakistan is China's friendly neighbor and we are very concerned about changes there and attempting to further comprehend the situation."
Umar Farooq, Kashmiri separatist alliance leader
"The army's return to power in Pakistan will not affect our struggle. I hope any government that comes to power in Pakistan will continue its support to Kashmiris morally and diplomatically. But I feel democratic credentials in Pakistan should be upheld."
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
"I would like to say to the military that many in Pakistan understand why you did this -- we had a civilian dictator who was ruling the country."
Shop owner Zahid Chaudhry
"We gave (Sharif) votes hoping that because he was a businessman he would improve our economy. But the situation just went from bad to worse."
"The European Union profoundly deplores the developments in Pakistan and condemns the military coup. The EU can in no circumstances approve extra-constitutional and non-democratic means in any country and therefore urges the Pakistani military to respect democracy and the parliamentary process."
U.S. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin
"Pakistan's constitution should be respected in the spirit as well as its letter. The circumstances of this current crisis, this current confrontation within Pakistan, are not yet clear."
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