KARACHI - Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and PPP leader Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari, has assured PPP dissident leader Dr Zulfiqar Mirza that present Nazim-led local government (LG) system would not be retained. Sources told The Nation on Sunday that Khurshid Shah, who got a task from President Zardari to persuade back the estranged leader, told Mirza not to go against the party line as it was harmful for the government as well as the party. Shah met with Mirza at his residence in city the other day where over a dozen members of Sindh Assembly and some ministers of ruling PPP were present with the dissident leader. On behalf of Zardari, Khurshid assured Mirza that the existing local government system would not be retained and the government would revive the commissionerate system with some amendments. The federal minister conveyed President Zardaris message to Mirza, asking him not to hold gatherings of PPP lawmakers and ministers and refrain from issuing statements, which could harm the image of government and the party. Zulfiqar Mirza has already announced to launch campaign against the proposed continuation of existing local government system through reissuing of ordinance. Mirza by holding meetings of partys MPAs has built up pressure against the existing local government system. At least six ministers and over two dozens MPAs have already joined hands with him for this cause. Provincial ministers, including Information Minister Sherjeel Memon, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Revenue Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Excise Department Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Prison Department Minister Sadiq Memon and others in are in contact and attended the meetings led by the Mirza. However, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah told the party parliamentarians two days ago that government would not take any decision about the local government system which was not acceptable to the people of Sindh. After the clear assurance, the angry MPAs assured the leadership in return that they will not indulge in any activity averse to party line.