Nawaz Sharif pulls out of Pak coalition

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Islamabad, Aug 25: In a significant development in Pak politics on Monday, Aug 25 PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif opt out of coalition government lead by PPP. PML-N decided to sit in Opposition. Nawaz told to media that PML-N will field former Chief Justice Saeed Siddiqui as its Presidential Candidate. He added that he was forced to quit coalition by PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Sharif said that Pakistan People's Party reneged on the promise to reinstate sacked judges. Sharif said that as per the agreement with PPP, judges had to be reinstated. We've made this decision after losing confidence in the PPP. The meeting of the PML-N's central working committee, chaired by Sharif, held in the wake of comments by top party leaders, and accused the Pakistan People's Party of not honouring commitments to reinstate judges sacked during last year's emergency by former President Pervez Musharraf.

Earlier, PML-N spokesman Siddique-ul-Farooq said, "There is no need (for the PML-N) to be part of the coalition government if one party is taking decisions unilaterally,"

The PML-N withdrew its nine ministers from the cabinet in May after the PPP-led government failed to meet two deadlines for reinstating the deposed judges. Since then it has been extending issue-based support to the government.

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