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Zardari fighting democracy, not terrorism: Sharif

Former Premier Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the President had offered him a deal on the basis of "give and take" before the removal of his PML-N party-led government in Punjab.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2009 19:58 IST

Accusing Asif Ali Zardari of fighting democracy rather than terrorism plaguing Pakistan, former Premier Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the President had offered him a deal on the basis of "give and take" before the removal of his PML-N party-led government in Punjab.

Sharif, whose PML-N is backing the long march launched by the lawyers' movement to pressurise Zardari's ruling PPP to reinstate judges sacked during the 2007 emergency rule, however, said he is not trying to bring down the government.

"I am not trying to dislodge the government at all," he told Dawn News channel in an interview, adding the PML-N wants to "restore the rule of law and to reinstate the judges who stood against" former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Charging Zardari with fighting democracy and not terrorism, two-time former premier said that the power of the people will bring about a change in Pakistan. This would happen within a few days or a few years, he said.

A decision has to be made by the nation, which is at the crossroads, and this decision would be vital for the future of country, he said.

Sharif claimed that PML-N government in Punjab could have been saved if he and his brother Shahbaz, ex-Chief Minister of the province, "had come to terms with Mr Zardari and if we had accepted his so-called deal on the basis of give and take." Such a move would have also prevented the Supreme Court's judgement barring him and his brother from contesting polls and holding public offices, he claimed.

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