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DATE=10/14/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK COUP / L NUMBER=2-255003 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: While Pakistan waits to hear from the leader of this week's military coup, the army has sealed off the nation's parliament. As V-O-A's Scott Anger reports, editorials in the country's newspapers have joined the international community in calling for a restoration of democracy in Pakistan, which has seen 23 years of military rule during its 52-year history. TEXT: Two days after Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the civilian government of Pakistan, people are still waiting to hear the military's plan for the country. Despite a meeting between the army chief and Pakistani President Rafiq Tarar, there has been no official word on a new government or what form it will take. Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remains under house arrest at an unknown location, somewhere outside Islamabad. Most of his cabinet members and a number of high-ranking government officials are being held, as well. Meanwhile, reports in the Pakistani press quote an army spokesman as saying the military has evidence Mr. Sharif conspired against the army and that he has leaked defense secrets. The spokesman did not elaborate on the charge. No restrictions have been placed on the news media or political parties in Pakistan. But 400 people aligned with the deposed prime minister are reported to have been barred from leaving the country. Editorials in Thursday's English-language Pakistani newspapers are calling for the restoration of democracy as soon as possible. The "Daily Dawn," based in Karachi, says the brief statement by General Musharraf on the day of the coup failed to explain the army's role or how long the current situation will last. The newspaper blames Mr. Sharif for forcing the military's take over by lusting for supreme power and for weakening the democratic process in Pakistan. The editorial says it is difficult to defend Mr. Sharif. The "Daily Nation," says the constitutional amendments Mr. Sharif introduced were aimed at concentrating absolute rule in one person. The newspaper accuses Mr. Sharif of silencing of political dissent. The Peshawar-based "Frontier Post" says the army must ensure speedy, even-handed accountability of Pakistan's corrupt elements. The editorial refers to allegations of corruption surrounding successive governments in Pakistan, including the ousted Sharif government. Since the restoration of democracy in Pakistan in 1988, all four governments have been dismissed on charges of corruption and misrule. The military quickly removed the 32-month government of Nawaz Sharif Tuesday after he dismissed General Musharraf as chief of the Pakistan Army. (SIGNED) NEB/SA / wd 14-Oct-1999 06:30 AM EDT (14-Oct-1999 1030 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .