ISLAMABAD Owing to the mounting pressure from the Sindh chapter of the party, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party has decided to revert to the old local bodies system once the incumbent system completes its mandated term on December 31, sources in the ruling coalition informed TheNation. The district government system was extended till December 31 under the presidential ordinance and after that the local bodies setup would automatically go back to the provinces and it would be up to the provincial governments to deal with it as per their requirements. Except Sindh, all the remaining three provinces had agreed on a point that they would revert to the old local bodies system wherein urban centres would be governed by municipal corporations while rural areas by the Zila (District) and Tehsil councils. In Sindh, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was insisting to go with the incumbent system and held a series of meetings with PPP but both the parties could not reach any consensus. Now in the post-NRO fiasco in the Parliament wherein the MQM had ditched the PPP there was little likelihood that the latter would give some extra concession to the former vis-a-vis retaining of the incumbent local bodies system, a sources in coalition government informed. Though President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also Co-Chairman of PPP, had directed his party leaders in Sindh to stop giving statements against MQM, yet the damage had been caused to the PPP-MQM alliance by the hostile posture taken by Zulfiqar Mirza, PPP Minister in Sindh cabinet and close confederate of President Zardari. The sources close to the developments taking place on this front revealed that it was due to the bitterness between the two sides that MQM central leader Dr Farooq Sattar had deferred his plan to meet the leadership of other three provinces to convince them on retaining the incumbent district government system in the country. The sources informed that a cold war was going on between the two main coalition partners and it could trigger into an overt conflict between them on the issue of fate of local bodies in the province. The sources close to PPP informed that President Asif Ali Zardari was under tremendous pressure from the party leaders to pay back MQM in the same coin but President Zardari had put his foot down and stressed the need of taking along all the political forces in the larger interest of the country. However, the sources privy to the developments taking place in the Aiwan-e-Sadr said that President Zardari was in no mood to impose any unpopular decision regarding the Local Bodies setup in Sindh and in this connection he would respect the views and desires of Sindh chapter of the party. On the other hand, MQM would go to any extent to save the incumbent District Government system at least for the main urban centers of the province. But it is premature to say that in case of non-acceptance of their demand they would not part ways with the government, an insider in the party commented.