ISLAMABAD - With the imminent showdown between the government and Supreme Court, the saner leaders in PPP and other coalition partners came into action to convince President Asif Ali Zardari to adopt restraint and look for some middle course to let the ball of democracy rolling.

Sources aware of the behind the scene developments taking place informed The Nation that the leadership of the three coalition partners of the government- Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) though standing with the PPP but did not agree with PPP to go for a showdown with judiciary at this critical juncture.

Sources in Awami National Party (ANP) said that although they were part of the coalition government with PPP but they did not subscribe to all their policies and decisions, giving a tacit view that they were not on same page with PPP on this particular issue.

Sources said that PML-Q President Ch. Shujaat Hussain was totally against confrontation with apex judiciary and that was the reason he had come up with the statement soon after the apex court decision that government should handle the situation with sanity and let not prevail the emotions.

It was in this backdrop that all the major political parties had called their party meetings in next couple of days to have their independent reflection on the situation arising out of the apex court decision, which in itself gave six prepositions to the government on which the government could act in the face of complete defiance of government to implement the NRO verdict of the court.

Sources in ANP informed that the party Central Working Committee meeting was called on Jan 12th to take stock of the situation while MQM would also be holding meeting of its Central Rabita Committee in next day or so.

Sources informed that MQM was not happy with the government for non-implementation of a series of promises made with them including the future Local Bodies set up in Sindh and that was the reason they would also not likely to stand with government in its row with the superior judiciary.

Shujaat was also sharing the same views and asked President Asif Ali Zardari not to go for clash with superior judiciary as it would pave the way for wrapping up the incumbent political system in the country to the disadvantage of all.

Sources in the PML-Q said that Ch. Shujaat Hussain was of the view that government should gain time by initiating process of writing letter to Swiss authorities to let the Senate elections held uninterrupted.

Sources in PPP informed that some doves in the party were of the view that instead of locking horns with the judiciary the government should initiate the process of writing letter to the Swiss authorities, which in no way would cause any political damage to the part or its leadership.

The veteran party leader and leading lawyer Ch. Aitzaz Hussain, who had regained his lost pride in the party recently by thrashing out his differences with party Co-Chairman President Zardari, was also of the view that government should write letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of cases against President Zardari.

Meanwhile, on the other side the main Opposition parties including Pakistan Muslim League-N Jamaat-i-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf come out in support of the apex court with the commitment that they would not let the government undermine the independence of judiciary.

PML-N leadership was meeting in Lahore on Wednesday (today) to devise their future strategy while PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced here on Tuesday that his party loyalists were standing behind the judiciary and would not let anyone undermine the superior judiciary.