Pak ruling coalition allies to meet soon to devise future strategy

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Islamabad, July 15 : The ruling coalition partners in Pakistan are scheduled to meet within next days to devise future course and to take them into confidence on all major policy decisions, the country's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

Gilani reportedly gave this assurance to the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and ANP president Asfandyar Wali who met the former at the Prime Minister Secretariat.

The proposal for convening the meeting of heads of the coalition partners was given by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who expressed strong reservations about the government's inability to take the coalition partners into confidence on major policy issues.

The meetings were part of the consultation process that the prime minister has initiated to discuss with them the likely expansion of the cabinet, elections of the standing committees' chairmen and appointment of the parliamentary secretaries, reported The News.

Gilani will meet former premier Nawaz Sharif on the latter's return to Pakistan from London. He is scheduled to meet the PML-N president and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today to persuade his coalition partner to rejoin the cabinet.

ANI

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