Islamabad (Online) - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have felicitated PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on his acquittal in the plane hijacking conspiracy case. In a statement, the President said the verdict, which further opened the door to Mian Nawaz Sharif for electoral politics, was a step in the direction of ensuring level playing field to all political leaders and parties, thus strengthening the democratic process. It upholds the principle that political battles must be fought politically and in Parliaments and not in courts, he said. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has also congratulated Nawaz over the SC decision and termed it as a victory of the democratic forces.