DATE=10/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / PAK WRAP (L-UPDATE) NUMBER=2-254943 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States is calling on the Pakistani military to restore democracy quickly, following a coup that overturned the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. At the State Department, U-S officials say the full circumstances of what is taking place in Pakistan are not yet clear. Correspondent Kyle King reports: TEXT: U-S officials are carefully monitoring what they describe as a political crisis in Pakistan. With Pakistani troops surrounding the home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, U-S officials have been reluctant to describe the situation as a coup. Shortly before Pakistani television announced Mr. Sharif had been dismissed, State Department Spokesman James Rubin urged officials to respect the constitution. /// FIRST RUBIN ACT /// We believe as we have stated before, and let me reiterate very strongly today, that Pakistan's constitution should be respected in both its spirit and its letter. /// END ACT /// But Mr. Rubin described the situation in the country as fluid, and he said U-S diplomats were trying to access the latest developments. He said the United States wants a speedy return to democracy if a military takeover has taken place. /// SECOND RUBIN ACT /// If there has been a coup we would seek the earliest possible restoration of democracy in Pakistan and clearly we would not be in a position to carry on business as usual with Pakistani authorities. /// END ACT /// The State Department said the United States had no advance warning of the latest events, which come just three weeks after U-S officials warned of a possible military takeover. Rumors of a possible coup have surrounded Mr. Sharif since early July when he ordered the army to withdraw Pakistani-backed militants from the Indian side of the disputed border in Kashmir. Critics of Mr. Sharif described the action as a humiliation. As the latest crisis in Pakistan unfolds, the State Department is advising U-S citizens to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary trips there. (Signed) NEB/KBK/WTW 12-Oct-1999 18:42 PM EDT (12-Oct-1999 2242 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .