ISLAMABAD-Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif agreed not to become part of any move aimed at destabilizing incumbent political dispensation and reiterated both parties pledge to work jointly for the supremacy of Parliament and democratic institutions. The meeting between the two seem to have allayed, at lwast for the time being, imminent chances of direct confrontation following the provocative statements traded between the two sides in the past couple of weeks, the sources close to both sides disclosed to TheNation. Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif visited Prime Minister House on the special invitation of Premier Gilani and both leaders remained in session for well over two hours and discussed host of issues including the working of coalition government in Punjab, the relations between the two major political forces in the backdrop of the decision of PML(N) to join the lawyers long march and other contentious matters adversely affecting the atmosphere of reconciliation and cooperation being promoted by the political forces in the country. The sources privy to the discussion between the two leaders said that Premier Gilani had assured Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif that Federal Government would not become part of any move aimed at destabilizing the Punjab Government while Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif reciprocated in the same spirit and added that continuation and stability of incumbent political dispensation, be it at Centre or in Punjab, would be vital for the future of democracy in the country. The sources close to Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) informed that Mian Shahbaz Sharif, during his meeting with Premier Gilani, expressed his resentment over the provocative statements coming from responsible personalities of Pakistan People's Party in Punjab which could have negative impact on the coalition government. Agreeing with Shabaz Sharif's viewpoint, Premier Gilani said that he had already directed the PPP leadership to stop giving statements against their senior coalition partner in Punjab as such statements were not serving the cause of democracy and were detrimental to the whole political set-up. The sources further said that both the leaders agreed to scrap the 17th Constitutional Amendment and Premier Gilani assured the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, who is also President of PML(N), that PPP would support any consensus bill tabled in this connection in the Parliament. On the issue of lawyers long march both leaders agreed that it was the constitutional and democratic right of the lawyers to lodge their protest, but at the same time Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif assured Premier Gilani that PML-N would not become part of any attempt aimed at dislodging or weakening of the Federal Government, as true democrats they could not even think of moving against the incumbent political dispensation. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at the same time assured Chief Minister Punjab that he would take up the issue of restoration of judges of superior judiciary ahead of the long march with President Asif Ali Zardari and hoped that the matter would be resolved through negotiations as no political party was against the independence of judiciary and recalled that even before taking oath of his office he had ordered lifting of siege from the houses of the judges of superior courts. The issue of Governor Punjab also figured in the meeting and Premier Gilani said that he had already directed the Governor to stop giving statements against the PML(N) and assured Mian Shahbaz Sharif that on return of President Asif Ali Zardari from China he would take up the matter with him and hoped that the things would be settled as per the mutual satisfaction of the stakeholders. The Chief Minister said that the Peoples Party would be given representation in the Cabinet, Standing Committees and Parliamentary Secretaries of the Punjab Government in accordance with the mutually agreed formula between the two parties. According to the press release issued by the Prime Minister House the meeting between the two was held in cordial atmosphere and both leaders reviewed overall political situation in the country with particular emphasis on the Punjab affairs. The Prime Minister said that the leadership and workers of both the parties had paid a heavy price in the form of exile, incarceration, political victimization and martyrdom for the restoration of the democratic system in the country. "Therefore, the two major parties of the country should work jointly for the supremacy of the Parliament, promoting democratic traditions and national reconciliation," he said adding that the Federal Government would support any consensus bill regarding 17th Amendment. Referring to the Long March planned by the lawyers and the political parties, the Prime Minister said that holding of demonstration is a democratic right of every citizen. The two leaders agreed to instruct their party leaders to desist from issuing inflammatory statements. Maqbool Malik adds: Mian Shahbaz Sharif, after meeting Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held an informal consultative meeting with party's senior colleagues here at the Punjab House and discussed the details of his meeting with the Prime Minister. According to the party sources, the meeting agreed to expand the Pun jab cabinet in a bid to induct more PPP ministers. However, PML-N president and Punjab Chief Minister, sources said, made it clear that he could not decide such issues on his own without taking the party's provincial chapter on board. Meanwhile talking to reports at Golara Sharif shortly after offering his condolence on the sad demise of Pir Naseeruddin, Shahbaz Sharif said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had asked his party leaders in Punjab to abstain from issuing provocative statements. The Punjab Chief Minister said a drama of disqualification is being played. "What wrong have I committed to deserve such punishment," he asked adding, "I am not afraid of anyone."