ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided that the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly would not engage himself in any sort of consultation with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, since “the latter was a convicted person and no more a legitimate chief executive of the country”.

Sources in the party informed The Nation that Leader of Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan was in the process of consultation with Leader of the House Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on the appointment of the new Chief Election Commissioner, but the party leadership decided after the April 26 conviction of the Prime Minister to halt the process till a new chief executive is installed by the ruling coalition.

The party leadership, after the conviction of Prime Minister Gilani, held a detailed discussion in Lahore wherein it was also decided that the Punjab Government would no more accord protocol of Chief Executive to Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and would also move all appropriate forums to stop him from functioning as the Chief Executive of the country.

Sources said that the party would also consider bringing “a reference” against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the National Assembly in the light of the Supreme Court of Pakistan verdict and the date and time of submitting “the reference” to the Speaker National Assembly would be decided in the Monday meeting of the party at the Punjab House, Islamabad.

The final decision of the party's future course of action, both within and outside the Parliament, would be decided in the Monday meeting of the party as by the time the party leadership would also have taken into confidence the other political stakeholders in the Parliament.

Sources said that Ch Nisar Ali Khan also took into confidence both Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif about his telephonic contacts with heads of various political parties including JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PPP-S chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, PML-Likeminded chief Saleem Saifullah Khan and some other nationalist leaders who do not have representation in the Parliament.

Sources said Ch Nisar Ali Khan would be meeting Maulana Fazlur Rehman ahead of the party meeting on Monday as the PML-N wanted to evolve a consensus on the opposition’s strategy in the National Assembly when it would resume its session Monday evening.PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif declared open war against PPP the other day when he said that Gilani would have to step down or face a long march.