HAQ NAWAZ & Abrar Saeed ISLAMABAD - Following series of negotiations, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced early this morning (Monday), to reinstate Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary as Chief Justice of Pakistan to avert political crisis. Announcing the decision, the Prime Minister told the nation in a televised address that he restored Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary as CJ Supreme Court of Pakistan along with all the deposed judges and notification to the effect being issued soon. However, he explained that CJ Iftikhar would assume charge of the office of the apex court after the retirement of the sitting CJ Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, who will be retired on March 21. Before making the decision public, troika met late Sunday night and finally agreed to settle the touchiest issue of reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary, an outstanding demand of the lawyers community and opposition parties led by PML-N. The Premiere said that he had ordered the concerned authorities to release lawyers and all the political workers arrested across the country under section 144. He also announced that the government would file a review petition against the disqualification of Sharif brothers in the apex court. "I invite Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take all the political leaders on board to implement the constitution and Charter of Democracy to move forward," Mr Gilani urged. After consulting all the stakeholders, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani sat together to finalize the package. As the news of PM address to the nation was reported by various TV channels and confirmed by the state-run PTV, people from all cross sections including lawyers, political workers, civil society activists and general public rushed to the residence of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary to celebrate the historic moment. The euphoric people, gathered outside CJ residence, were chanting slogans in support of CJ Iftikhar and independence of judiciary. Earlier, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani held a round of detailed talks on the prevailing chaotic political situation in the country with special reference to the incidents that took place in Lahore the whole day. The sources disclosed to TheNation that both the army chief and the premier struck the common note and agreed that negotiated solution to the present crisis was in the best interests of the nation. "Both saw the confrontational politics detrimental to the country as well as future of democratic institutions," the sources further said. In the meeting, Prime Minister Gilani had informed Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani about the efforts being made by the coalition government to defuse tension and to bring the lawyers and the political forces on the negotiating table in order to work out some middle course acceptable to all the stakeholders. To defuse this standoff, the sources said, Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had to step in once again and now he would likely give some guarantees to both the lawyers' fraternity and the political parties to call off their protest so that all the issues could be resolved through constitutional means in due course of time. According to the sources, Prime Minister Gilani told Gen Kayani that he had talked to both Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif on telephone and discussed with them various options to break the impasse but both of them (the Sharifs) though in favour of negotiated settlement made it clear that they would not accept anything less than the restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and all the other deposed judges to pre-Nov 3 2007 status as prerequisite for any future negotiations. Prime Minister Gilani informed the Army Chief that the government was ready to settle all the issues including the standoff on deposed judges in the light of Charter of Democracy and the same was conveyed to Mian Nawaz Sharif but he wanted the judges' restoration first. The sources aware of the developments taking place behind the scene said that President Asif Ali Zardari had shown flexibility on the issue of judges and expressed his willingness to restore them under CoD but the whole exercise required time while on the other hand lawyers fraternity and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) along with their allies were not ready to put off their long march and sit-in. they were insistent that the judges should be restored through an executive order. After the restoration of the Chief Justice, a large number of lawyers, PML-N, PPP workers, journalists and members of civil society gathered outside the residence of Ch Iftikhar. Those included PML-N Central leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood, Athar Minallah and many others. Speaking at the occasion, Javed Hashmi attributed the success to the lawyers, media, civil society and political workers, who played important role in restoration of independent judiciary. Monitoring Desk adds: The government has issued notification for the restoration of all deposed judges, reported a private TV channel.