ISTANBUL - TDN with wire dispatches

Pakistan's political turmoil deepened yesterday after the two main parties in the ruling coalition split, weakening the fragile government just a week after president Pervez Musharraf resigned. The world's only nuclear-armed Islamic nation, already facing a fresh campaign of bombings by a resurgent militant movement, now faces the prospect of a bitter political battle over the choice of Musharraf's successor, reported Agence France-Presse.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of the coalition on Monday, saying they were moving to the opposition, because of what he said were the broken promises of the other main party's leader, Asif Ali Zardari. He said Zardari had gone back on a pledge to reinstate dozens of judges sacked last year by Musharraf. "We have taken this decision after we failed to find any ray of hope and none of the commitments made to us were fulfilled," Sharif said Monday. "This situation forced us to withdraw our support."