Sharif Would Consider Pakistan Unity Coalition
4 May 09 | FT
Nawaz Sharif, the main Pakistani opposition leader, would consider joining a national unity government with Asif Ali Zardari, president, according to a senior leader from his Pakistan Muslim League party.
The senior politician said Mr Sharif wanted to assure foreign powers, including the US, that he had no intention of trying to destabilise the year-old elected government of Pakistan.
“Depending on the circumstances ahead, it looks a bit hard to predict,” said the politician. “[But] for the sake of Pakistan’s best interests, if there is a national unity government, Mr Sharif will consider supporting it as long as its in Pakistan’s interest.”
Signs that Mr Sharif is attempting to assuage concerns of the US and other countries with a stake in the stability of Pakistan come ahead of a meeting in Washington on Wednesday when Mr Zardari will meet Barack Obama, the US president, and Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president. >>>