LAHORE - People have expressed mixed views over the PML-N's separation from the ruling coalition, some saying that Nawaz Sharif has stuck to his principled stance while others say that the decision can inflict irreparable damages to the six-month-old democracy. Some persons say that the split in the ruling coalition was written on the wall once their common enemy Pervez Musharraf was out of power corridors. Majority of the people supported the stance of Mian Nawaz Sharif, saying that the decision was justified as Asif Zardari thrice failed to honour the promises of restoring the deposed judges. "Nawaz Sharif has taken a right step in the right direction at the right time. The PML-N waited for more than the desired time. The PPP did not fulfil its commitments with the nation and did not honour the promises of unconditional restoration of deposed judges. There was no need for the PML-N to remain in the coalition", said Muhammad Ashraf, a resident of J-Block Johar Town, adding, the PML-N has emerged as the only political party confronting the establishment. "Nawaz Sharif stuck to his principled stance and refused to compromise on the independence of judiciary and restoration of deposed judges. The nation has given mandate to the PPP and the PML-N for strengthening the democracy and restoration of judiciary. The PML-N has fulfilled its commitment and preferred to leave the power corridors", said Muhammad Naseer, a resident of Garden Town, adding, Nawaz Sharif has emerged as a leader of high stature. Some people fear that split in the coalition could damage the democratic process, as both the major parties would be opposing each other in the centre and in Punjab. "The split has come too early. Small political parties and pressure groups like the MQM could reap benefits from the split in the ruling coalition. These factions flourished in Musharraf regime and now they got the opportunity of reaping benefits from the PPP government. Political manoeuvring is also expected in Punjab and it could prove fatal for the democratic process", said Fatima Hussain, a resident of Gulberg. "The alliance of the PPP and the PML-N was quite unnatural. Both the parties have different ideologies. The nation was expecting split sooner or later. The only binding force between the PPP and the PML-N was the dictator sitting at the President House. Once their common enemy Pervez Musharraf was gone, the split in the ruling coalition was expected and it happened today", said Muhammad Arsalan, a resident of Allama Iqbal Town. However, he expressed hope that both the parties would avoid confrontation. He hoped that the former partners would avoid destabilising the PPP government in centre and that of the PML-N in Punjab.