Pakistan's ruling parties are deliberating the future of the coalition
as a deadline looms for the reinstatement of deposed judges.
Aides close to the Pakistan Muslim League (N) say party leaders will
meet Monday to decide whether to stay in the coalition with the
Pakistan People's Party.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the head of the Pakistan Muslim
League (N), has indicated his party could join the opposition if the
PPP does not agree by Monday to restore judges fired by former
President Pervez Musharraf.
Analysts say PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari is reluctant to reinstate the
judges because of concerns they could reopen old corruption cases
Zardari announced plans Saturday to run for president, after Mr.
Musharraf stepped down to avoid impeachment charges this past week.
A smaller coalition partner, the Awami National Party, announced its support for Zardari on Sunday.