Pakistan closely monitoring ‘developments’ in Myanmar 1

Pakistan closely monitoring ‘developments’ in Myanmar

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that it is closely monitoring developments in Myanmar. Today, the military launched a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Spokesperson Zahid Hafiz Chaudhri said in response to media queries: “We are closely monitoring developments in Myanmar.”

“We hope that all parties involved will exercise restraint, uphold the rule of law, engage constructively, and work towards a peaceful outcome.”

According to Reuters, Myanmar’s military seized power today in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids.

The army said it had carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud”, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station. A military spokesman did not answer phone calls seeking further comment.

Telephone lines to the capital Naypyitaw and Yangon’s main business centers were unreachable, and the national television station was suspended for hours before the parliamentary meeting for the first time since the overwhelming election of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in November , This is regarded as Suu’s referendum Kyi is just starting a democratic government.

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