The Pakistani military is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieutenants, a leading US newspaper reported Wednesday. The military, angry over the inept handling of the countrys devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, has made clear it is not eager to take over the government, The New York Times reported, citing military officials and Pakistanis. "But the governments performance since the floods, which have left 20 million people homeless and the nation dependent on handouts from skeptical foreign donors, has laid bare the deep underlying tensions between military and civilian leaders," correspondent Jane Perlez wrote. "American officials, too, say it has left them increasingly disillusioned with Mr. Zardari, a deeply unpopular president who was elected two and a half years ago on a wave of sympathy after the assassination of his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto." In a meeting on Monday the army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, confronted the president and his prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, over incompetence and corruption in the government, the dispatch said, adding that the general demanded that they dismiss at least some ministers in the oversized 60-member cabinet, many of whom face corruption charges. "The civilian government has so far resisted the generals demand. But the meeting was widely interpreted by the Pakistani news media, which has grown increasingly hostile to the president, as a rebuke to the civilian politicians and as having pushed the government to the brink", it said. A Pakistani official close to the president who was familiar with the conversation but did not want to be identified, said, The president made it clear that he would not leave, come what may. Sanity had prevailed, the official added. Since the floods, the government has defended its handling of the crisis, arguing that any government would have been overwhelmed by its scale. "Still, it is clear that General Kayani, head of the countrys most powerful institution, and the one that has taken the lead in the flood crisis, has ratcheted up the pressure on the government," the Times said. "Having secured an exceptional three-year extension in his post from Mr. Zardari in July, General Kayani appears determined to prevent the economy from bankruptcy". Military officers in the main cities have been talking openly and expansively about their contempt for the Zardari government and what they term the economic calamity, an unusual candor, reporters and politicians said. The gross economic mismanagement by the government is at the heart of it, said Rifaat Hussain, a professor of international relations at Islamabad University. And there is the rising public disaffection with the Pakistani Peoples Party under Zardari and Gilani. As the military demands the overhaul, the dispatch pointed out that the Supreme Court is also pushing the government on the issue of corruption by threatening to remove the presidents immunity from prosecution, a move that would expose him to charges of corruption in an old money-laundering case in Switzerland.nsion of two weeks for the government to reconsider its position.