ISLAMABAD Only a miracle could avert showdown between the Government and the apex judiciary and this time the last moment stereotype telephonic contact of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani with Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday evening is unlikely to leave any positive impact. Background interview with political leaders in the coalition Government and interaction with many in Government quarters, it has transpired that hawks in the PPP are all set for confrontation with the superior judiciary on the NRO issue. Sources in parties sitting in coalition Government informed TheNation that they would not going to stand by the PPP in NRO cases, as they had done in the National Assembly by dissociating themselves from the issue. The sources further said that non of the PPP coalition partners would stand by it on NRO issue while PML-N had already demanded in clear terms that all the judgements of apex court should be implemented and that the looted public money should be brought back in the country. The PPP core committee comprising the Presidents close confederates had outwitted the doves lead by Prime Minister Gilani on the issue, who were showing little bit softness on writing a letter to the Swiss Government on reopening of the Swiss cases against the President. The legal minds supporting the point of view of writing a letter to Swiss Government gave arguments that the response of the Switzerland Government on the issue would be the same, as they had already given in response to the letter written by NAB authorities on the issue that they would only take up these cases in case the same would be reopened in the homeland. These legal experts were of the view that in case of adopting a confrontation course, the issue of Presidential immunity would come in question and finally the apex court would strike down the immunity available to President in the constitution against criminal proceedings till the time he was holding the office of President of Pakistan. The sources in the Government informed that a group of PPP leaders were of the view that the Government should lock horns with the apex judiciary on the issue of 18th Constitutional Amendment instead of NRO case, as in this way they would be having the full support of Parliament. While on the other hand, the hawks in the party were of the view that the apex court was out to destabilise the incumbent political dispensation and restraint on part of the Government would not serve any purpose and that was why they had adopted an aggressive strategy to deal with the issue. These new faces in the party comprising the core committee, courtesy President Asif Ali Zardari, had incapacitated the saner elements in the party including Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani are virtually calling the shots. APP adds: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would protect the democratic system in the country as the party leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto set the example by sacrificing her life for the revival of democracy. Talking to the media after inaugurating the Expo Centre in Lahore, he said the PPP would honour the commitment between Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif about the continuity of democracy in the country. He said the PPP was in coalition with other political parties in all the provinces, adding that the party leadership was aware of its responsibilities towards democracy. To a question, he said judiciary had also suffered during the movement for restoration of democracy and it realised the responsibilities for strengthening democracy in the country. I telephoned Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and assured him that the PPP respects the courts as it is a part of the party manifesto, he told reporters. Answering a query, Gilani said in future, the federal ministers would appear before the courts in major cases. Replying to a question about the Swiss cases, he said the govt would follow the rules and the Constitution. About the independence of judiciary, Gilani said it was evolutionary period for all the institutions, including the Parliament and the media. Earlier, addressing the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister said the facility of Expo Centre was first of its kind in Punjab, which could be compared with any other around the globe. He hoped it would serve the nation in the years to come and prove a gateway to the international trade besides helping the export sector, saying it would provide opportunities to private sector and help overcome unemployment and poverty in the country. International bilateral trade is very important for the economy of the country and Pakistan wishes to improve its bilateral trade, he said. Gilani made it clear that Pakistan was interested in bilateral trade not only with European Union but also with the US, just like the strong trade relations currently enjoyed with China, Sri Lanka and Iran. The prime minister said more Free Trade Zones (FTZs) were in the pipeline in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for improving international trade as well as to facilitate the local exporters, adding that the govt wanted to facilitate common man and it had taken tangible steps to eliminate poverty. He said the govt had introduced power saving strategy since the exporters faced a multitude of problems in fulfilling their export agreements, as the power saved through the plan would be diverted to the manufacturers very soon.