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Last week the military warned the government of possible “grievous consequences” ahead, and President Asif Ali Zardari took a one-day trip to Dubai that renewed speculation that he might flee the country.

Analysts say the military may be looking for the Supreme Court to push out Mr. Zardari rather than risk an outright takeover.

Sebastian Abbot and Heidi Vogt contributed to this report from Islamabad. Khalid Tanveer contributed from Multan, Pakistan.