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Wednesday, October 13, 1999 Published at 22:46 GMT 23:46 UK

World: South Asia

In pictures: Military takes over in Pakistan

Life went on as normal on the streets of Pakistan's cities, despite the military's abrupt seizure of power. Some celebrated the dismissal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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One day on from the coup, people in Islamabad went out on the streets in search of news of the takeover.

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Soldiers loyal to General Musharraf stood guard outside the Lahore residence of Mr Sharif, whose whereabouts are uncertain.

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And in Karachi, troops were surrounding the Provincial Assembly building.

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Supporters of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto were jubilant at Mr Sharif's dismissal.

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A day earlier, in the first act of the military coup, soldiers entered and took over the TV station headquarters in Islamabad.

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Another classic sign of a military takeover - troops close Karachi airport.

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Anti-government protesters were open about their enthusiasm for the military takeover.

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