The leader of Pakistan's key partner in the coalition government, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, says resolving the current dispute over the judiciary is crucial to the nation's democratic future.
In an interview with VOA, Mr. Sharif said to ignore the issue of re-instating judges who were fired by President Pervez Musharraf would be the biggest crime in Pakistan's political history.
His party -- Pakistan Muslim League - N -- has not yet resolved a split with its governing coalition partner - the Pakistan People's Party -- over exactly how to restore the judges to power. The split is threatening the newly-elected government -- polls which sidelined President Musharraf's political allies.
During his interview with VOA, Mr. Sharif also repeated his call for Mr. Musharraf, who overthrew him in 1999, to step down. The former prime minister says Pakistan must emerge the shadow of the president, who he says has dominated the country for far too long.