Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah gave a fig to the demand for their resignations in connection with the Model Town tragedy as the January 7 deadline set for the purpose by the multi-party conference organised by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) expired on Sunday.

The two leaders rather spoke at a conference of spiritual leaders (caretakers of shrines) here on Sunday, apparently as a counter strategy against the likely anti-government campaigns of the PAT and Pir Hameeddudin Sialvi on the Khatme Nabuwat issue.

On the other hand, a meeting of PAT central core committee held under Dr Tahirul Qadri discussed various options available for its protest strategy.

In the light of the discussions, the PAT chief began making telephonic contacts with members of the steering committee the MPC had formed on Dec 30, sharing with them the outcome of the party meeting.