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Sharif hoping for third term as Prime Minister

Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, who recently made up with President Asif Ali Zardari after leading a movement against him, hopes to serve a third term as PM but only after the present government finishes its term.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2009 10:42 IST

Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, who recently made up with President Asif Ali Zardari after leading a movement against him, hopes to serve a third term as Prime Minister but only after the present government finishes its term.

Sharif, who emerged as the most powerful politician in the country after the recent political turmoil, seeks to change a constitutional provision that imposes a two-term limit for holding Premiership, a media report said.

In an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Sharif said he hopes to take charge again as Prime Minister after the elections, which could still be four years away.

Sharif, however, said he is in no hurry. "I want the present government to complete its term," he said.

In the meantime, he has offered to work with the government, now that Zardari has conceded to his key demands.

Zardari agreed to end Governor's rule in Sharif's home province Punjab after bowing to the opposition's demand of reinstating former Supreme Court Chief Justice Inftikhar Choudhry, ending a debilitating political crisis.

"Now, since the reconciliation efforts have been started, we are ready to establish a working relationship with the government," Sharif told the paper.