Struggling with fall out of the Raymond Davis affair, the government of President Zardari faced another challenge on Friday when the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party said it was parting ways with the ruling party in the Punjab province, where the two were coalition partners.
"Enough is enough, we will no longer be a friendly opposition," said PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif who addressed a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, following a meeting of the party high command.
Sharif said that it had taken him three years to come to this decision and that the party backed him fully. He told reporters that President Zardari had "used" him first to get rid of General Musharraf and then lied to him on many occasions.
The PML-N leader said that the provincial cabinet in Punjab would be dissolved and a new cabinet would be announced soon after.
While the short-term stability of the Zardari government is assured because the party has retained the support of smaller, but key, allies, there are questions over long term political future of the government.