Islamabad, June 12 : Indicating that the PPP-led ruling coalition in Pakistan could be at the risk of falling apart soon, former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif said that the early reinstatement of the judges would help keeping it intact.
He said being a part of a coalition he was unable to unilaterally declare a time frame for the restoration of the judiciary to the pre-November 3, 2007 status.
In the wake of the PPP not taking a firm stand over the restoration of judges, around one month back Nawaz had pulled back his ministers form the Yousuf Raza Gilani government.
According to the Daily Times, Nawaz also gave away hints that might even join the opposition benches because of the PPP-led government's failure to reinstate the judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf. "When I think (about the issue) my heart also desires for a timeframe, but I am not in (a) position to make any announcement right now," the paper quoted him as saying when asked if he would join the opposition benches because of the delay in reinstating the judges.
Talking to reporters at Punjab House on arrival from London, Nawaz avoided spelling in clear terms his party's position in government in case of differences with the coalition partners regarding the issue.
Showing his aggression against the federal government over the judges' issue, Nawaz a couple of days decided to join the lawyers in their long march protests this week. "Pakistan is in danger today ... I invite every child of the country to take part in the (June 12) long march for the reinstatement of the sacked judges and to oust Pervez Musharraf. The public wants to see a dictatorship-free Pakistan, independent judiciary and strengthened democracy," Nawaz was quoted as saying.
He added: "The PML-N will honour its commitment to the nation and actively participate in the long march. I will participate in the march in Lahore tomorrow ... the long march is a war for the survival of our country. We would continue to protest till the resignation of Musharraf and re-instatement of the sacked judges."