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DATE=10/18/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S-PAKISTAN (L) NUMBER=2-255188 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: Intro: President Clinton has expressed disappointment that Pakistani military chief General Pervez Musharraf - who led last week's coup - is not setting a time- table for a return to democracy. But U-S officials are pleased by his gestures toward easing tensions with India. V-O-A's David Gollust reports from the White House. Text: Mr. Clinton and other administration officials are taking a cautious approach toward General Musharraf - criticizing his overthrow of elected government on the one hand, while still seeking dialogue with the military chief. In a talk with reporters here, the President welcomed the overtures to India by General Musharraf in his address to the nation Sunday, while regretting the absence from the speech of a specific time-frame for a return to civilian rule: /// Clinton act /// A lot of what he said on the substance, including the conciliatory tone he took toward India, I think was quite good. But I was quite disappointed that there was no commitment to a time-table to move toward democracy. And I certainly hope that will be forthcoming. /// end act /// In his address, General Musharraf said he would unilaterally withdraw some troops from the Indian border and pursue peace talks. On Friday, Mr. Clinton - in a telephone talk with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - praised Indian restraint in the aftermath of the coup. A Clinton spokesman said U-S officials are continuing to examine additional sanctions against Pakistan because of the military takeover. But, they say, as a practical matter there is little more the United States can do given the far-reaching sanctions already in place because of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. Through critical of last week's overthrow of the elected government in Islamabad, the Administration has pointedly not demanded the restoration to power of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and has said the modalities for a return to constitutional government are for Pakistanis to decide. (Signed) NEB/DAG/LTD/JP 18-Oct-1999 12:20 PM EDT (18-Oct-1999 1620 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .