ISLAMABAD – Suspecting some ‘hidden hands’ behind Dr Tahirul Qadri’s demand for a caretaker setup ahead of elections, President Asif Ali Zardari has decided to engage PML-N leadership on his plans to ‘preempt’ Qadri’s efforts.Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief, who returned to political scene of the country after a long hibernation - mostly spent abroad, held a successful show in Lahore on Monday where he voiced several demands in the existing political and electoral systems before conduction of elections.He also gave a deadline of January 10 to implement these reforms, threatening to hold a massive rally of ‘four million’ in Islamabad on January 14 if the demands were not fulfilled. Among his demands was putting in place a caretaker setup, strictly in accordance with Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution.Sources told The Nation on Wednesday that President Zardari plans to cut short the term of the government by dissolving it before March 16 and has decided to engage PPP’s main political rival PML-N in process of installation of caretaker government without loss of time.According to the sources, Zardari would put his proposal before PPP’s Central Executive Committee for a quicker nod to ensure that his plans are implemented without a ‘deadly delay’ in face of the threat of Dr Qadri’s march on Islamabad.Sources said that President Zardari took this decision at Bilawal House after deep analysis of ‘ostensibly untimely’ demand of the cleric believing that some ‘powerful hidden hands’ were definitely behind his move. They said that Zardari has nominated his close aide to engage PML-N President Nawaz Sharif for a joint struggle to tackle this challenge that could delay the general elections for ‘ruthless accountability’ of the present rulers.“It’s now up to the main political players PPP and PML-N how quickly they can agree to place in caretaker setup. Otherwise, both would suffer a fatal blow,” a source told the nation requesting not to be named. He was convinced that public pressure of Qadri’s movement would intensify in the coming days and the things could end up in a serious constitutional crisis.He opined that if they (PPP and PML-N) failed to handle it, several likeminded political parties like PTI, MQM, Jammat-e-Islami and some PML factions would eventually join hands with Qadri’s TMQ against the two main players to pull them down. “You never know when Dr Qadeer Khan would eventually jump in to the bandwagon and assume a central role in the anti-government movement,” he said, adding that people were sick of bad governance and corruption of the rulers. He noted that situation was ripe enough for a political change.Sources in the PPP were also expecting some major announcements today (Thursday) from the party’s top leadership gathered at Larkana on the occasion of fifth death anniversary of former PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. These decisions, they thought, could include President Zrdari’s quitting co-chairmanship of PPP and handing this role to former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and announcement of a timeframe for installing of caretaker setup.Sources further said that PPP and PML-N were on the same page over appointment of Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood as new governor in Punjab who, the sources believed, would play role of a bridge between the two political rivals. The PML-N sources denied any contact between the two parties so far. They also said that there has been no effort on the part of PPP to discuss the modalities of caretaker setup.