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Daily Mail: Pakistan President pleas for British help
Quote: News of the plea for help came after the government fired its defence secretary.
Retired Lt. Gen. Naeem Khalid Lodhi, an army loyalist seen as a bridge between the generals and the civilian government, was dismissed for 'gross misconduct and illegal action' and replaced with a bureaucrat close to Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani, the government said in a statement.
The developments are a sign of near-open conflict between the army and the government.
Such is the weakness of Pakistan's state institutions that leaders have often looked to foreign powers to intervene in domestic affairs. The United States and Gulf nations have in the past been invited to mediate in disputes between the country's competing centres of power.
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