BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Amid mounting political turmoil, Pakistan's main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz has called for early elections.
PML-N also demanded the elections be free and fair. Officials said Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari left the country on Thursday amid a deepening crisis between the government and the powerful military.
As Zardari left, media reported military chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani met with top commanders.
On Wednesday, the prime minister fired the defense secretary in a public display by the civilian government against the army. The court is investigating that affair and a second one linked to past corruption cases against the president.
The army has ruled Pakistan for much of its six-decade existence.
The Zardari government, elected in 2008, is determined to see out its term. The president’s administration has been criticized for ineptness, poor or ineffectual governance, and alleged corruption.