Concerned over the deepening political turmoil in Pakistan, leading authors and academicians from the neighbouring country on Sunday appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif to bury their differences to save democracy and root out terrorism from the trouble-torn nation.
"Zardari and Nawaz Sharif will have to join hands for the sake of Pakistan. They should save the country," said renowned poet Zahid Nawaz Ahmad Khan, who was among authors, activists and academicians participating in the four-day SAARC Festival of Literature in Agra.
Khan felt if the two leaders fail to overcome their differences then the country may face uncertain future. "The lawyers' movement have awakened the people."
Speaking in the vein, Raza Rumi, well-known author and political commentator, asserted that the country must have a democratic government to root out terrorism. "In Pakistan we need democracy to fight terrorism.
"I think democracy should have taken roots and set off well. But the politicians have failed to resolve their differences and continue to bicker among themselves."