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Army should stay away from politics: Sharif

The former Pakistan prime minister said that the army's interference in politics was the root cause of country's problems.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 14:06 IST

Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Army's interference in politics was the "root cause" of the country's problems, and all political parties should gather on a single platform to stop this practice.

"If a political party tries to strike a deal with the government, it means it is disloyal to the country and democracy," the Daily Times quoted the PML-N chief as saying while addressing his party's Peshawar activists over phone from London.

Nawaz said that Opposition leaders were now expediting the process aimed at the formation of a "grand opposition alliance".

He said that en masse resignations would drive the "final nail in the government's coffin". 

The former prime minister also said nobody could stop him from returning to Pakistan before the upcoming elections, and added that his party would field candidates to contest all seats in NWFP.

He alleged that the Musharraf's regime had been "bargaining" over the Kashmir cause, but the PML-N would not let this happen. "Musharraf is trying to prove that Pakistan is a failed state," added Nawaz.