ISLAMABAD - President Asif Zardari Friday offered to hold talks with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for holding early general elections in October.

In an interview with a private TV channel, he ruled out any clash with judiciary or army. “The perception is wrong. You think it is clash, but I say it is part of evolution,” he said, adding: “After this evolution process, atmosphere will simmer down.” On memo issue, Zardari said let’s wait for the reports by Parliamentary Committee on National Security and a Supreme Court Panel. “In my view the Parliament is sovereign.

He laughed off the question when asked whether he has personal differences with Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. “He (CJ) doesn’t belong to my village.”

About trial of Musharraf, Mr Zardari said had he tried Musharraf it would have demoralized armed forces. However, he said the Parliament can always try the former dictator.

Clarifying PM Gilani’s remarks on visa to Osama bin Laden, he said the prime minister actually questioned Musharraf regime and not the army. “Gilani is a powerful PM and he has the right to take any position on anything if he feels it right.”

On extension to General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), he said it was thing of past and part of history now.

The President disagreed when told that all the major utilities owned by government including PIA, Railways, Wapda have virtually collapsed. “They have just gone weak.”

Asked if the PPP was deliberately trying to destabilize PIA to promote Indus Airline allegedly owned by his sister Faryal Talpur, Zardari strongly dispelled it by saying that his sister has fully devoted herself to politics and she has no time for these things. He ordered immediate cancellation of licence given to Indus Airline.

About differences with Zulfiqar Mirza, the president said I don’t know how he was dissociated.