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DATE=10/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / PAK / REACT (L-ONITER) NUMBER=2-254949 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States is calling on the Pakistani military to restore democracy quickly, but the overall American reaction has been cautious following the coup that overturned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government. V-O-A's State Department Correspondent Kyle King reports: TEXT: U-S officials were cautious in their initial response to the ouster of Mr. Sharif, refusing to even characterize his removal from office as a military coup. But U-S officials say they expect authorities in Pakistan to respect the country's constitution and restore democracy as quickly as possible. State Department spokesman James Rubin says relations with Pakistan will be harmed if democracy is not restored. /// RUBIN ACT /// If there has been a coup we would seek the earliest possible restoration of democracy in Pakistan and clearly we would not be in a position to carry on business as usual with Pakistani authorities. /// END ACT /// Just three weeks ago, U-S officials had warned of a possible military takeover in Pakistan. But the State Department says it had no advance knowledge that Mr. Sharif was about to be ousted by the chief of the country's armed forces. Rumors of a possible coup have surrounded Mr. Sharif for months, with opposition leaders calling for his ouster. Critics of the Prime Minister were outraged when Mr. Sharif met at the White House with President Clinton in July, and agreed to withdraw Pakistani-backed militants from the Indian side of the disputed border in Kashmir. Critics described the action as a humiliation. As the latest crisis in Pakistan unfolds, the State Department is advising U-S citizens to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary trips there. The U-S ambassador, who has been in the United States, has been ordered back to Islamabad immediately. (Signed) NEB/KBK/WTW 12-Oct-1999 20:31 PM EDT (13-Oct-1999 0031 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .