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DATE=10/18/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK COUP / U-S (L) NUMBER=2-255172 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States is welcoming a pledge by Pakistan's military leader to return to democratic rule, but is concerned no schedule for the move has been announced. From Islamabad, Correspondent Scott Anger reports. TEXT: U-S Ambassador to Pakistan, William Milam, says Washington is concerned that Pakistan's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has not given a time- frame for the restoration of democracy in the country. /// MILAM ACT /// We did hope for a specific time frame, and remain disappointed that there is not one. On the other hand, we were heartened by his (General Musharraf's) pledge that the military would stay in power only as long as absolutely necessary. /// END ACT /// In an address Sunday, General Musharraf outlined his plan to run Pakistan following the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup last week. Ambassador Milam says Washington is willing to give General Musharraf time to fulfill his plan, which includes the establishment of a National Security Council, made up of military officers and civilian experts. The general has promised an economic revival of the country, and says he will take strong action against high-level government corruption. The U-S Ambassador says General Musharraf's implementation of his revival plan is a big task. /// MILAM ACT /// We know these tasks he set out for the new government are really immense and formidable. And one hopes that, after they are firmly grounded, one hopes the stage can be set for a return to representative government. /// END ACT /// Mr. Milam says General Musharraf is a moderate man who is acting out of patriotism. General Musharraf charges that extensive corruption in Pakistan has led to the destruction of the economy. He has promised a full process of accountability and to punish those -- who he says -- are guilty of plundering and looting the nation's wealth. General Musharraf also addressed the military tension along Pakistan's border with India. He says the two countries must exercise restraint because South Asia is a new nuclear environment. /// MUSHARRAF ACT /// I wish to assure the world community that while preserving its vital security interests, Pakistan will continue to pursue a policy of nuclear and missile restraint and sensitivity to global non-proliferation and disarmament objectives. /// END ACT /// Pakistan's military ruler also says he welcomes unconditional dialogue with arch-rival India, and announced a military de-escalation along the country's international borders as a confidence building measure. The army announced Monday that the de- escalation has begun. Six-days after the coup, most people say they support the ousting of the unpopular Prime Minister Sharif, who many blame for their economic hardship. Pakistanis say they remain optimistic General Musharraf can bring change to the beleaguered nation. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/RAE 18-Oct-1999 07:38 AM EDT (18-Oct-1999 1138 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .