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Pakistani PM says coalition will not split

world Updated: May 11, 2008 14:54 IST
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Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the coalition will not split as it has to steer Pakistan out of crises.

At a press conference on Saturday in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, Gilani said there was no disagreement between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the restoration of deposed judges and meeting the May 12 deadline.

"PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif is our partner and will not sit on opposition benches as we have to steer the country out of crises," he said.

"We have to fulfil the promise in letter and spirit and we also do not want to choose the course of confrontation between the institutions," he said.

The NNI news agency quoted Gilani as saying that there were minor differences on the modalities for the restoration of judges between the two partners which would be resolved very soon. He also rejected the notion of two chief justices.

He said the opposition should play its constructive role in parliament as it is a key element of democracy. Gilani said parliament would decide the future of the president.