Amid efforts to defuse the political crisis, former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has attacked President Asif Ali Zardari for "fighting democracy" and blamed his actions for the unrest in the country.
"Zardari is fighting democracy. Rather than fighting terrorism, he is fighting democracy... I think he is wasting his efforts on a futile exercise," Sharif said adding, it was a matter of time before the power of the people brought about a change in Pakistan.
"It is the actions of Zardari which triggered off this unrest in the country. Who is then responsible for destabilisation?" the two-time former premier told Dawn News channel in an interview.
Sharif, whose PML-N is backing the long march launched by the lawyers' movement to pressure Zardari's ruling PPP to reinstate judges sacked during the 2007 emergency, said he was not trying to bring down the government.
"I am not trying to dislodge the government at all," he said adding, the PML-N wants to "restore the rule of law and to reinstate the judges who stood against" former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, he added.
Zardari has been buckling under intense domestic and international pressure to bring to an end the political turmoil in the country.