LAHORE - The PML-N government at the moment is striving hard to settle the issue of PTI’s ‘Azadi march’ and the PAT revolution, while a very important question is striking the mind of everyone what the national political landscape will be if it fails to woo the two parties.

The government is trying to avert a possible serious crisis though the role of the pro-democracy parties is being deemed by it very important. A peaceful settlement of the issue does not seem possible without ‘give and take’ between the government and the hostile parties. And what the government can offer would be answered by the time only. However, if the peaceful means fail, it has made a contingency plan to deal with the situation if the protesters run berserk and take law into their hands, said a party insider.

When asked to give their views as to what the government holds in stock to meet the eventuality of a peaceful settlement of the matter or if a restive situation arises, necessitating the inference of the third force, many members of the ruling party ruled out its possibility and hoped the government would control the situation. When asked why the government is so panicky if nothing threatening will come out of the PTI and the PAT protest, they did not have a clear answer. They, however, said the government is prepared to meet any situation. Notwithstanding the possibility of a peaceful end, the government is not closing its eyes to the other side of the picture, they added. They said the PTI and PAT are being viewed differently by the government; PAT is a full-fledged force and the government can treat it in a political way, but PAT does not accept the political and the parliamentary system.

Some said that planning has been completed at the highest level of the party and what action can ensue according to the situation is in the mind of the top rankers. When asked how the party would react if the third force intervenes, they ruled out possibility of such interference as it loves to see the democratic process in progress. Moreover, they said, after the military takeover of Pervez Musharraf in 1999, the judiciary has changed and will not legitimise any such action.

The PTI and the PAT have one common goal of ousting the government, but PTI wants midterm elections while PAT wants to bulldoze the whole system. In case the government is ousted, whose agenda will prevail is a point of a chaos in the country. A constitutional expert did not rule out the possibility of imposing emergency taking the hostile leaders into protective custody to control the situation. However, a senior member of the PML-N said no such measures would be followed.

On the other hand, political observers say nothing can stop the third force from interference. They say PML-N has failed to put up a convincing image of the government and provide relief to the masses. The party revolves around some family members of Sharifs and all decision making and policy making is carried out by them and very little weight is given to the party legislators while office bearers and workers are totally ignored and given importance only at the time of elections. When the leadership goes to the workers and office holders in difficult times, they give vent to their grievances instead of following the instructions and the leadership has no answer to their satisfaction. They say this attitude is a weak point of the party and a powerful weapon with its opponents. The same is happening this time. This scene was seen when the provincial party gathered the party office bearers in connection with Independence Day celebrations the other day. In this situation if ‘Revolution’ or ‘tsunami’ gets through, the most important question would be the quantum of weight the ruling party can put against the emerging situation. Therefore, the current crisis has also offered an opportunity to the PML-N to build up a strong democratic image of the party, matching its weight in the parliament.

It has reliably been learnt that the government to date is not willing to resort to any violent action against the protesters and will let the manageable number of people gather in Islamabad, who will remain peaceful and end the protest within time. In that case, it can also hold talks on the demands of the protesting parties to enable them to end their protest.

In that duration, the army called in under Article 245 of the Constitution, may be deployed to protect sensitive installations, the parliament house and other important enclaves.