ISLAMABAD-Amidst the claims and counter-claims of breakthrough in the impasse between two erstwhile coalition partners, PPP and PML-N, the deadlock persisted between the two sides, primarily on the core issue of restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The sources in PML-N and PPP have confirmed to TheNation that the deadlock in negotiations between the two sides was on the issue of judiciary and the participation of PML-N in the lawyers' long march. The sources close to PML-N said that the party would not accept anything less than the restoration of the deposed CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry to the pre-November 3, 2007 status. The rest of the issues for instance lifting of Governor's Rule and restoration of PML-N government in Punjab were of secondary nature, they added. The sources close to the developments taking place behind the scene were of the view that Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Asfandyar Wali Khan went to Mian Nawaz Sharif with the offer of lifting Governor's Rule and restoration of their government provided PML-N backed out from its support to the lawyers long march. PPP has also agreed to do away with the 17th constitutional amendment and reduction of Presidential powers, paving way for true Parliamentary form of government in the country as per the Charter of Democracy, the sources further said. They said that Mian Nawaz Sharif did not agree to the offer and told the Presidential emissaries that PML-N would not back out of its stand on judiciary. The government should first restore judges and lay the foundation of future political dispensation on Charter of Democracy signed between the two political forces, demanded Mian Nawaz Sharif. However, both sides agreed to continue dialogue and it was the only positive outcome of the interaction between the two sides through ANP and JUI-F. The sources further revealed that the major problem faced by the ANP and JUI-F leaders in breaking the ice between the two sides was the trust-deficit between President Zardari and PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif. The sources in PML-N said that they were betrayed several times by President Zardari and charged that Asif Ali Zardari had backed out from written agreements between the two sides. PML-N has made it clear that in order to establish trust between PPP and PML-N PPP should come up with some concrete confidence-building measures like unconditional lifting of Governor's Rule and undoing of their disqualification from the Parliament. The other two options of getting the decision of disqualification revoked through presidential pardon or going for review petition in the apex court were not acceptable to Mian Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother. The sources further said that Asfandyar Wali Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman had informed the president about the outcome of their negotiations with Sharif brothers on telephone and suggested him to show some flexibility in his stance on the judicial issue. On the other hand both PPP and PML-N were vigorously pursuing their game plan to outwit each other. PPP was heavily engaged in activities to carve out a forward bloc in the PML-N and to woo the Q-League on board along with its forward bloc while on the other hand PML-N was out in the streets to gear up the masses for the upcoming long march of the lawyers and their proposed sit-in to achieve their targets.