Pakistans former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his opposition PML-N party will not become part of any national
Pakistans former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his opposition PML-N party will not become part of any national government on dictates of the US and would rejoin the ruling coalition only if it dissolves the President`s sweeping powers.
& Sharif said he would never seek support of the Army and the US to come to power though there was no harm if the military helps Pakistan`s democracy.
He said the PML-N wants good relations with the US but on the basis of sovereign equality.
Stressing the need for a healthy opposition, he said the PML-N would extend unconditional support to the Pakistan People`s Party-led government to resolve the country`s problems.
The PML-N would rejoin the federal coalition only if the government restored the constitution of 1973 by purging amendments that strengthened the President and held former military ruler Pervez Musharraf accountable for his actions, Sharif said in an interview with Dunya TV channel.
Sharif feared that Pakistan could lose Balochistan if "former rulers are not held accountable" for actions that had led to deterioration of the situation in the southwestern province.
He also said India should take Pakistan into confidence on anti-terrorism measures and launch a joint investigation into the Mumbai attacks rather than levelling baseless allegations.
Peace with India is a necessity but the presence of mutual trust between the two countries is an imperative, Sharif said.
The solution to the Kashmir issue is key to resolving all issues between India and Pakistan, he maintained.
On the unrest in the North West Frontier Province, he asked the Taliban not to fight, saying his stance against terrorism was clear.
Responding to a question on the "long march" organised by the lawyers` movement and the PML-N in March to pressure the government to restore judges sacked during the 2007 emergency, Sharif said he was unaware if the army or the US had played a role in reinstatement of the deposed judges.
Asked whether the army played a role in ending the long march, he said: "I have no knowledge about it".
In response to another question, Sharif said that there was pressure on him to meet former President Musharraf when he returned to Pakistan from exile in 2007 but he resisted it.