PPP offers Nawaz Sharif's party five ministries

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Islamabad, Mar 8 : The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has offered its coalition partner Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) five ministries in the federal cabinet, according to media reports.

The ministries offered to PML-N under formal power sharing formula include defence, communications, privatisation and investment, women development and ports and shipping, PPP sources said.

"The ministry of water and power would be given to Asfandyar Wali-led Awami National Party (ANP)," the Dawn quoted sources, as saying.

They went on to say that the Jamiatulema-Islam (F) would be offered ministry of religious affairs, in case it joins the coalition government.

Currently, senior leaders from both the PPP and JUI (F) are engaged in finalizing the modalities of coalition "with focus on Balochistan where Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) has secured considerable seats and is in position of bargaining," PPP sources said.

They said name of Senator Anwar Baig is also being considered for the federal cabinet and he might get foreign ministry in case Makhdoom Amin Fahim is nominated for the office of prime minister.

"Similarly, Aijaz Jakhrani and Nawab Wasan - both from Sindh province, are also strong candidates to be ministers." "The deputy speaker of the National Assembly would be a woman candidate from PPP," they added.

ANI

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