Pakistan rift

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The Independent Online
Three Pakistani ministers announced their resignations and vowed to topple the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, accusing him of bypassing the cabinet on policy decisions, Reuter reports from Islamabad. The resignations came amid a bitter rift between Mr Sharif and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan that Western diplomats have said could prompt the President to exercise his power to dissolve parliament. The Minister of Planning, Hamid Nasir Chattha, the Environment Minister, Anwar Saifullah, and a senior adviser, Asad Junejo, all resigned.