The decision was taken during a meeting between PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and top PML-N leaders, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Senator Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Asif here at the Zardari House, local daily The News reported today. Beside the PML-N delegation, chief of pro-Taliban JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rahman also joined the meeting. The deliberations lasted about one hour and the PML-N was persuaded to become part of the cabinet.
Sources said the PML-N did not give any positive reply on joining the cabinet but they have indicated that a decision in this regard would be taken in the next meeting that is likely to be held today.
However, there was a consensus among all the allied parties that the three resolutions would be adopted in the first NA session i.e. to probe the assassination of former prmier Benazir Bhutto through United Nation commission, apologise to the people of Pakistan for the hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and ask President Pervez Musharraf to take a vote of confidence from parliament.
The sources also indicated that the PML-N agreed to a proposal that the next governor of Punjab after the formation of the government will be from the PPP.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen outside Zardari House after the meeting, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said it was an informal meeting to finalise the basics for the formation of government.
''More meetings will follow this meeting to give a final shape to formation of the government,'' he added.
He said that all the major steps have been finalised and now only the modalities were being completed for unexplored areas.
''There is no major issue or obstacle remaining in the formation of the government,'' he added.
Chaudhry Nisar said the PPP, PML-N and ANP stand united and will jointly take decisions on all national issues.