Washington: Dismissing the possibility of
a coup in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has said the situation in the country was too grave to inspire the military for such a move.
"I don`t think anybody in his right mind will be
wanting to take this responsibility. It`s only democracy that
can carry this yoke," Zardari told a group of foreign
journalists in Islamabad.
His comments come as a MQM chief Altaf Hussain has
said his group will support "patriotic" generals if they take
"any martial law-type action" against Pakistan`s corrupt
politicians and feudal lords.
Zardari said it will take at least three years to
recover from this devastated flood that has engulfed one-fifth
of the country and affected more than 20 million people, the
Time magazine reported.
He also warned that militants in Pakistan, including
those suspected of killing his wife and former premier Benazir
Bhutto, are keen to exploit the situation in the wake of
He said Pakistan`s resolve to fight the militants has
"I`m hoping that most of them have drowned also,"
Zardari said with a slight smile.
"I also have information that some of their armaments
have come down," he was quoted as saying.
"I see always such organizations and such people
taking advantage of this human crisis. It is again a challenge
to not let them take advantage of this human crisis," he said.