Published: August 25 2008 14:27 | Last updated: August 25 2008 14:48
Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of the ruling coalition on Monday, citing differences with the bigger Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over restoring judges who were dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.
“We have been forced to leave the coalition. We joined the coalition to promote democracy and independence of the judiciary. Unfortunately the commitments made by the PPP were not honored,” Mr Sharif announced after a meeting of his party.
The departure of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) – is not expected to force a general election as the party of assassinated former prime minster Benazir Bhutto, which leads the coalition, should be able to gather enough support to govern, analysts say.