LAHORE - Lawyers' long march and the accompanying sit-in before the Parliament House as the time goes by, is attaining significance both at the public and the political level outlining vital changes particularly at the political landscape of the country in the time to come. Senate elections before the big show of the lawyers and certain appointments, particularly that of legal wizard of General Pervez Musharraf, Shareefud Din Pirzada as Ambassador-at-Large in observers' estimations, are moved by the government to gear itself up to deal with the ensuing situation. In their view the ruling PPP, doggedly reluctant to restore Justice Iftkhar Muhammad Chaudry, would do its best to acquire the necessary two-third majority in March 4 Senate election to later on legislate on the PCO not to scrape it totally but partially to keep some necessary parts therein intact. And who other than the magic hand of Peerzada can best do the job after the PPP would have MQM, ANP, JUI (F) and independents under its wings to sail through legislation before both the House. A political analyst reads reported inclusion of Peerzada in government folds also a signal to the PML (Q) to win its support however on the bargain over the Punjab government, the future of which hangs by a threat in view of the court decision of Sharifs qualification. Likelihood of the fate of the 17th Amendment and Article 58(2)b being sealed in the situation after Senate elections, is also not being ruled out by the observers. Besides legislation on PCO, the government holds another option to diffuse or make the long march unattractive. The appointment of new Chief Justice of Pakistan that is due after retirement of CJP Abdul Hameed Dogar on March 21 next. The PPP government holds the card to appoint Justice Sardar Raza Khan, who was also sacked through the PCO, to that slot if it felt any genuine threat to it from the lawyers' side. Justice Khan, re-appointed under the Constitutional oath, commands respect as a fair and impartial judge among the legal fraternity. As CJP he, if not completely, but to a fair amount can develop acceptability for himself in lawyers. The legal fraternity, the mastermind of the entire activity, this time round is much scrupulous neither to become a catalyst to political change nor to provide ladder for the political surge of others after their struggle for democracy and against the dictator were discounted at the political level and the parties coming to power, turned their face on their demands despite promises. Two different sets of political parties are supporting the long march to achieve their respective goals while the PPP is trying to decide things in its own terms and suitability without letting the lawyers' march becoming a problem to its power. PML (N) is supporting the march but with caution not to overplay the situation lest it would cost it the provincial government. Moreover, PML(N) would never run the risk of going to extra length in a move which would destabilise the central government knowing well that any political vacuum in the country has always been filled by a third force, which it did not want to see in the game once again. The APDM and JI other political parties going to march, are likely to provide full support to the lawyers for they don't have any big stakes in the government or in the parliament. Therefore, they are likely to go an extra mile for the success of the long march and the adjoining dharna. Lawyers have announced to take one million people to the federal capital and hold sit-in till restoration of the deposed judges. They would indeed be earning a big success if they fetch that number of people however it unavoidably links to the will of the government which has already declared section 144 Cr PC in the federal capital for two months, indicating it was hardly going to give the lawyers a free hand. But at the same time it has to save its democratic contour after all, it needs to stand apart from the preceding dictatorial regime, which took to the worst kind of brutal action on November 5,2007 when the lawyers were protesting the November 3, PCO throughout the country. Lawyers though have appreciably done much, need a thorough planning for the five-day march and indefinite dharna as it not only needs considerable resources but much more than that wisdom and farsightedness to monitor the participants, particularly the youth, and to regulate their emotions and enthusiasm. They also need to do extra to maintain the peaceful posture of their protest particularly when they are wooing the people to join them with families. They must not have a split opinion on how would they response if the authorities deterred their way. All stakeholders must bear in mind that repercussions of any unpleasant happening may be very serious given the circumstances when Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the lawyers struggle over the two years has been widely recognised internationally. Govt already grappling with serious internal problems, is up against very serious challenges on account of terror issue externally. All the stake holders have kickstarted their efforts to make or break the long march but over and above all, control on emotions and act on wisdom is a call. An independent judiciary is indeed inevitable for progress and survival of any country.