Sharif is pulling his party out of the coalition government, and the reasons why couldn’t be more clear:
Zardari and Sharif signed a pact in March promising to restore the judges by April 30 but Sharif extended the deadline until May 12 because of Zardari’s foot-dragging.
Musharraf purged the judiciary during a brief period of emergency rule as he feared the Supreme Court could rule unlawful his re-election by the outgoing parliament in October.
The case against Musharraf could be revived if the judges are brought back, but Zardari is wary of confronting the president.
Zardari signed the pact and took no action. Now Musharraf is stretching out on the bench:
The split in the coalition, analysts say, would be welcomed by U.S. ally Musharraf, who came to power in a 1999 coup and only quit as army chief last November. The humiliating loss of parliamentary support in February polls had left him isolated.
The questions for Zardari are, why did he sign the pact if he had no intention of following through on it? And what is his commitment to a democratic Pakistan?