ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari HAS regretted the stepping out of Nawaz Sharif from the ruling alliance and urged him to rejoin the coalition government for the sake of country and democracy. In a brief address on state-run television he said PPP wanted persistent support of Mian Nawaz Sharif in its bid to strengthen democratic institutions and both the parties should continue focusing on building a new Pakistan. He sought foregiveness from Mian Nawaz Sharif for wittingly or unwittingly hurting his feelings and said that without his support he could feel immense difficulties facing the political dispensation ahead. "We seek forgiveness from Mian Nawaz Sharif if his feelings are hurt. I want to take along Nawaz Sharif as there are immense difficulties ahead. Perhaps I cannot tell the whole truth to the nation," he said. He said PPP would not make any difficulty for PML(N) and expressed hope that they would reciprocate them with the same gesture. Expressing his good wishes for PML(N) chief he said journey to democracy jointly started by PPP and PML-N with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had registered some successes including success in the election of Prime Minister and ousting of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. Lamenting Nawaz's refusal to cooperate with democratic forces he said politicians should not look backwards as democracy needed seriousness. Politicians should join hands for the progress and prosperity of the country, adding: "We shall not look backwards and go ahead. PPP has the ideology to steer the country out of crisis."   Meanwhile Pakistan Peoples Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) decision to quit the ruling alliance was taken in haste and said that the coalition was in the best interest of the country and the nation. He also termed the fielding of presidential candidate by PML(N) as an attempt to further sever the relations between the two major political forces in the country as three Provincial Assemblies had already adopted resolutions extending support to the candidature of Asif Ali Zardari for the slot of President of Pakistan. To a question former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that his party would not make any effort to derail the Punjab Government and would not indulge in the politics of victimization. The spokesman further said that the four-party alliance was in the interest of the country and nation and PML(N) leadership should have not taken such an extreme step in haste. Meanwhile the Parliamentary Party meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party ahead of the National Assembly session called upon the leadership of PML(N) not to take such an extreme step. The sources privy to the deliberations of the Parliamentary Party meeting disclosed to The Nation that most of the MPs were of the view that PML(N) should be persuaded not to quit the alliance and negotiation channel on the judges restoration issue should be reopened.