ISLAMABAD - JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Saturday had another round of talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and succeeded in softening President Zardari's stand on judicial crisis due to which the chances of breakthrough in PPP-PML-N deadlock seem to have brightened. During the meeting both Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Asfandyar Wali briefed President Zardari on their meeting with PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif who had taken stiff stand on the restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. According to the sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting held at Awan-i-Sadr for well over two hours and later continued at lunch table, both the leaders discussed with President Zardari the prevailing political situation in the backdrop of disqualification of Sharif brothers, imposition of Governor's Rule and the hostile position taken by PML-N to settle the score with PPP on streets. Both Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Asfandyar advised the President to soften his stance on judicial crisis and accept the demand of Nawaz Sharif to restore the judiciary to pre-Nov 3 2007 position. Taking the positive nod from President Zardari along with some other conditions, Maulana Fazlur Rehman met PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq to get the message delivered to Nawaz Sharif. On the other hand, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani held meeting with Sharif brothers at their Raiwind residence to persuade them to get back to the negotiation table so that the matter could be resolved through negotiations. The sources further disclosed that all the emissaries of President Zardari had admitted in their meetings with Sharif brothers that imposition of Governor's Rule was out of place. All of them had also regretted the disqualification of Sharif brothers by the apex court. The sources aware of the developments taking place at various fronts still considered the patch-up between the two major political forces in the country a far cry, as according to them both sides were not trusting each other and also pursuing their own agenda of outwitting each other side by side with the efforts being made for reconciliation between them by the political stalwarts. These sources were of the view that PML-N was not ready to budge an inch from its declared stand of judiciary and both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif had made it clear to the emissaries of President Zardari that unless the deposed judges were restored to pre-Nov 3, 2007 position, they would not step back from their proposed plan of backing the lawyers long march and sit-in. Sources close to PML-N disclosed that they would not lower the tempo of their mass mobilization campaign for the upcoming long march and sit-in till the time the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was restored, as they had little faith left in the promises of President Zardari. The sources further disclosed that President Zardari had set tough conditions for restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and he also wanted guarantee from PML(N) that after the lifting of the Governor's Rule both PPP and PML(N) would remain coalition partners in the province. The disqualification of Sharif brothers would be undone through Parliament and in return Sharif brothers would facilitate the smooth functioning of political set-up in Punjab and Centre. The sources further disclosed that some hawkish elements in PML(N) were suspecting it as another deceptive move by PPP to gain time and to defuse the fully geared up mass mobilization campaign for the long march and sit-in. Some sources in the government disclosed to The Nation that some foreign players had also prevailed upon both parties in defusing the existing tension and the key role in this connection was played by Army Chief who had advised both President and Prime Minister in his meetings soon after his return from America and persuaded them to help defuse political tension as at this critical juncture country could not afford such things. On the other hand PML(N) sources had assured the President's emissaries that in case of restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and restoration of the Punjab Government they would not create any trouble for the Federal Government and would let them complete the five years' term. The sources further said that as part of the reconciliation move the PML(N) could even join the Federal Government and would follow the power-sharing formula with PPP in true letter and spirit.