LAHORE - Former Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has alleged that the incumbent provincial political administration was indulging in massive horse-trading since the imposition of the Governor Rule. He was talking to editors of newspapers, columnists and senior journalists on Wednesday. Shahbaz Sharif said the court gave the disqualification verdict with a nod from President Asif Ali Zardari. "Under the present circumstance, even six months will be pretty long for the government; what to talk of a year," he averred when a journalist commented that seeing the present situation, the government would not survive beyond a year. Shahbaz Sharif clarified that neither he nor Nawaz Sharif had ever talked about mid-term elections. He assured that he would stringently adhere to the Charter of Democracy. He said it would be disastrous for the country if army tried to intervene in present circumstances. "We can reach an understanding on government matters, but cannot compromise on agreements," he added. He was of the considered opinion that there was an urgent need for genuine reconciliation on issues; otherwise there would be a disaster. "Agreements should be on those issues, which are being confronted by all the provinces. Some issues can be decided now, while the rest later on, but there should be a guarantee that these will be actualised," he added. He said that how could he trust the government after it had already backtracked from its previous promises. "The only solution to the present crises can be found in the reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. I have seen Justice Chaudhry only on TV channels and newspapers pages," he said, adding that he had talked to the deposed CJ a few times on telephone only. "Both Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar are neither angels nor devils, but the former has emerged as a symbol of an independent judiciary on the same pattern of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was not a socialist, but became a symbol for the poor," he maintained. "I had never heard till 1960s that the high court judges could take bribe," he said, adding that situation was different now.