LAHORE - The PML-N has yet to reach other political parties to muster their support for its movement against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s defiance after the Supreme Court convicted him in contempt of court case.

Besides mass mobilisation, the party leadership says it holds on the every option to oust Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, to make the government abide by the court verdicts and conduct fresh elections.

While announcing the Central Working Committee decisions last week, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif declared movement against PM Gilani to oust him.

He announced broadening the scope of protest by inviting all political parties on the Opposition side including the PTI and those of real heirs to the PPP, namely Naheed Khan and others of the disgruntled of the PPP.

Nawaz Sharif asked every Pakistani to come out and shoulder efforts of his party against what he said corrupt and defiant rulers and in this regard made a particular mention of the lawyers who previously has made history by playing a pivotal role in the restoration of judges in March 2009. Maybe, it was a blind spot or a deliberate ignorance that the party head did not mention about PPP-SB’s Ghinva Bhutto, Fatima Bhutto and others of Bhutto lineage who in their own right, are true legal heirs of the PPP after assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The PTI, enjoying huge popularity since October 30 last rally in Lahore, downplays every other party. The PTI has set the PML-N MNAs resignation and quitting of the Punjab government as precondition to talk the matter of joining the protest campaign against the PPP government and the conditions are though not a straightforward but amounts to refusal. The PML-N has right now, in no mood to fulfill either of the conditions although they are on table as last options. The PML-N has made no formal contact with the estranged of the PPP led by Naheed Khan, yet the lady has evinced her intentions which are not much in favour of joining the PML-N campaign. Lawyers too, want to remain independent of political interference in their ranks, although they side with the Judiciary. Lahore Bar Association has given 15 days deadline to Gilani to quit the office and the Party is waiting what course of action this largest body of the legal fraternity in Asia will take after that and at what point their common goals meet.

PML-N has kicked off the move inside the National Assembly where its 90plus members are resenting the entry of Gilani in the House and the protest is sure to aggravate when the Punjab Assembly will also be called to session. The PML-N is going to formally launch public protest rally in Attock on May 5 which Nawaz Sharif will address. The party has announced protest schedule till May 12 during which protest demonstrations will be held in a part of Punjab while further programme will be announced after that. In other provinces, the protest programme is at an incipient stage as the party provincial presidents have been directed to work out and announce the schedule of protest rallies and demonstrations and the process is underway at their end and hopefully, they will announce the same in a couple of days. The constitution of the committees to contact the masses at the grass level is in progress and the virtual action by them may take some time. Committees have also been formed to contact the leaders of other political parties but that too have to yet to come down to the practical field to yield result. So far, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao of PPP-S has been contacted at the lower level while a committee headed by Khwaja Saad Rafiq has been give the task of getting in touch with the JI and other religious parties. JUI-F Maulana Fazalur Rehman is indisposed and limited to his hometown, Dera Ismael Khan.

Unlike Punjab, the PML-N focus in other provinces is on national and regional parties to get them along against the government and for this, task has been assigned to the provincial presidents.

Party sources say on the call to PTI for joining the protest that, a difference had emerged even at the CEC meeting on this issue but decision was made to invite the PTI so that a formality could be met and the detractors are silenced from making it an issue against the party. What would be respond of the PTI was a foregone conclusion, they said undermining the PTI refusal. They say religious and regional parties, minus the extremist ones, will positively rally round the PML-N against the government.

As to, JI, relevant sources say that this party before extending hand to the PML-N in protest will like to ensure that the latter should not shirk sacrificing Punjab Government and the NA seats when the situation will demand.