ISLAMABAD - The defiant and relentless lawyers of Pakistan are today embarking upon a journey that symbolizes the struggle for rule of law and supremacy of Constitution in country. Many of the mainstream political parties including Pakistan Muslim League of former premier Nawaz Sharif (PML-N), Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a vibrant civil society have joined the black coats in their call for long march and the subsequent sit-in on Constitution Avenue in the heart of federal capital. The long march which is simultaneously beginning today from Quetta and Karachi is scheduled to reach Islamabad on 16 March after passing through Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Leading lawyers are saying that no hindrance or obstacle can keep them away from their cause and the long marchers will carry on till the achievement of their ultimate goals. According to organizers, the marchers will culminate on the Constitution Avenue on coming Monday to stage a sit-in until restoration of all those judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who were deposed by former President Pervez Musharraf on November 3, 2007. They further demanded the lifting of Governor's Rule in Punjab, imposed on February 25 after an apex court ruling that upheld the disqualification of Sharif brothers, an order that also led to dismissal of PML-N government in the province. The long march is starting at a time when the Zardari rule is massively suffering from trust deficit after it backed out of successive written agreements through which the President and party committed to restore the deposed judges. In the bid to stop lawyers from marching into Islamabad while coming from across the country, the regime has imposed section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) besides snatching containers from different drivers through police in different cities and placing them on the entry routes leading to the long march route in the Capital. Advisor Interior Rehman Malik has also tried to harass the political leaders as well as leading lawyers from proceeding with the long march through his news conferences by reading them clauses of sedition and high treason. Police raids on offices and houses of political leaders, workers and lawyers are also underway since wee hours of Wednesday throughout Punjab and even in the federal capital. Earlier, a series of transfers and appointments in bureaucracy and police in Punjab under the watch of Governor Salman Taseer were also witnessed with the major task to clamp down rampaging PML-N. However, none of these tricks seem to be working for the rulers as masses of Pakistan are growing in number in support of Sharif brothers wherever they go an speak in favour of long march and subsequent sit-in. By every passing day, the public support is immensely rising for PML-N top guns since they have taken on Zardari after being dislodged through apex court where a set of those judges disqualified them who all took oath under Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in the aftermath of November 3, 2007. Though the PML-N rallies in Sheikhupura, Lahore, Jehlum and Abbotabad proved to be a huge success during last two weeks, the one in Gujranwala held even after the imposition of notorious Section 144 turned out to be a huge success for the major opposition party. Not only the public presence is multiplying in these rallies by every passing day, the tone and temper of Nawaz Sharif and especially Shahbaz is boiling. Both the brothers have repeatedly promised to people of Pakistan in these rallies that they and their party would not budge until deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. In aid of PML, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Imran Khan are also not ready to allow and any concession to Zardari and company. With such a massive support from the political parties, black coat leaders including fiery Ali Ahmed Kurd, character full and upright Justice Tariq Mehmood, docile Hamid Khan and motivated Aitzaz Ahsan are fully capable of making the show a success despite all odds. The scene is fully set for a major show down in Punjab and especially in Capital if the long march goes on with its original plan as Zardari and his aides such as Rehman Malik, Farooq Naek and alike are apparently not ready to grasp the situation on the ground and quickly going in political isolation. However, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani is reportedly worried about the whole situation and tried to craft a political solution of the issue. After his very important meeting Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani on Wednesday, the premier is trying to negotiate a package which could pour water on the agitating masses desperate to march with black coats. As these lines were written, reports were coming that Prime Minister Gillani would strongly advise President Zardari today to lift Governor's Rule in Punjab, hold a vote in the Punjab Assembly enabling it to elect its new leader. Sources close to Prime Minister were also claiming that Gillani would make all efforts to either strike a deal with booming Sharif brothers or resilient lawyers before long march enters in federal capital and scene become uglier than Zardari and camp can even think of. "Before the things go beyond repair and democratic system falls in danger of being squeezed out of existence again, Gillani will try to convince Zardari either to reinstate the PML-N government or the deposed judges to minimize the challenge against the PPP government which has prematurely lost its credibility by events of 2008", said a political expert keenly watching the sea-saw of national politics.