- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is praising Pakistan’s plan to reinstate a fired Supreme Court chief justice whose supporters had threatened to march on the capital.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters Monday that the decision by Pakistan’s leaders had “brought Pakistan back from the brink.”

Wood says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s calls over the weekend to U.S.-allied President Asif Ali Zardari, who had refused to restore the independent-minded justice, and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif were meant to signal a concern over the situation and a desire for a nonviolent outcome.

The spokesman was careful to note that there were no U.S. demands and “no threats at all” in Clinton’s calls.

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