Amidst a political showdown between the government and the opposition, Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Wednesday met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and discussed the political and security situation in the country. The meeting comes against the backdrop of a major crackdown on lawyers and opposition party activists ahead of a nationwide protest. Kayani called on Gilani at the Prime Minister's House and discussed matters of national importance. Official sources told that the two leaders had discussed the internal security situation and political issues. The two leaders met at a time when President Asif Ali Zardari is out of the country to attend a summit of the Economic Cooperation Organisation in Tehran. The government moved to refute media reports that Zardari was going to UAE and might not be present when the opposition march to press for reinstatement of judges sacked during the 2007 emergency takes place.