Lahore, May 20 : Pakistan Muslim League-N chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif believes that reinstating the judges who were sacked by President General Pervez Musharraf on November 3, 2007, would ensure the resolution of the country's other problems.
"People want to see the change that they voted for in February elections," he said in interview given to the Voice of America.
"Of course, first change they wanted to see and still want to see is to have a new president of this country. Because they are absolutely certain that eight years of Musharraf's rule has brought them a lot of problems," Sharif said.
He rejected suggestions that the government had ignored serious problems while being deadlocked on the judges' issue.
"This issue I think can, God forbid, make or break a democratic Pakistan. So, if we ignore this issue and just simply allow it to fade out, I think we will be committing the biggest crime in political history of the country," Sharif said.
In long term, Sharif said the government must emerge from the shadow of President Musharraf, who he says has dominated Pakistan, and its relationship with the United States, for too long.
"I think Musharraf is Musharraf, Pakistan is Pakistan. They must not equate Musharraf with Pakistan or equate Pakistan with Musharraf. U.S. policy all along has been to support people of Pakistan and to have friendly relations with the country and not with one man," he said.