ISLAMABAD - The talks between the ruling PPP and PML-Q resulted into a power sharing deal at a crucial dinner meeting between the top leadership of the two parties, held at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Sunday night. PML-Q team comprising Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervez EIahi and Wasim Sajjad called on President Asif Ali Zardari at a dinner he hosted for the participants of the meeting. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Raja Pervez Ashraf also participated in the meeting. Later briefing media persons, Spokesperson to the President, Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting was a part of the ongoing consultations between the two parties aimed at realignment of the political forces in the country and promoting reconciliation for political stability. The spokesperson said that the meeting took place in the context of the ongoing dialogue between the two parties aimed at strengthening reconciliatory process to address the various issues confronting the country. The two parties agreed to work together and cooperate for strengthening democracy, ensuring electoral reforms, and creating new provinces especially in Southern Punjab (Seraiki) and Hazara by making appropriate amendments to the Constitution for this purpose. Farhatullah Babar said that the two parties agreed to cooperate in a number of areas including economic uplift, controlling inflation, power shortage, transparency and accountability and strengthening of the law and order in the country. Following the agreement, the PML-Q agreed to form coalition government with the PPP in the centre to be headed by the PPP Prime Minister. The two parties also agreed to cooperate in the next elections, which will be held in accordance with the Constitution, he said. The two parties also rejected any change in the government except through the mechanism of free, fair and transparent elections as laid down in the Constitution. However, other sources said that both sides discussed draft agreement prepared by the PML-Q. Besides cooperation in the approaching Senate elections and seat adjustments during next general elections, both the parties have agreed to a power sharing formula. The sources said that PPP has agreed to induct PML-Q ministers as per its numerical strength in the Parliament. Accordingly, both sides have agreed that six federal ministers, six ministers of state and three advisors will be inducted in the federal cabinet from the PML-Q. Ch Pervez Illahi will be made senior minister in the federal cabinet instead of deputy prime minister as demanded previously by the PML-Q. Others five names for federal ministers from PML-Q are Ch Wajahat Hussain, Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat, Ghous Bakhsh Mehar, Jam Yousaf, Amir Muqam. While those who are being considered for either four or six ministers of state included Sardar Shahjahan Yousaf, Khwaja Sheraz, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Akram Messeh Gill and Ms Shanaz Sheikh. In addition to this, three advisors are likely be taken from the PML-Q including Raja Basharat, Mustafa Nawaz Khokher and Syed Qasim Shah. The oath taking ceremony is likely to take place at 7:00 p.m. today. Abrar Saeed adds: In the latest development Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) has withdrawn its demand for the slot of deputy prime minister, as currently there is no provision of the same in the Constitution. Sources aware of these developments informed The Nation that the decision to this effect was made by the PML-Q leadership as a goodwill gesture for the greater cause of democracy. The sources further said that on the persuasion of Pakistan Peoples Party the Q-League leadership has also voluntarily withdrawn their demand of Punjab governorship and also agreed to the PPP policy of reconciliation and consensus across the country including Punjab. The sources in Pakistan Peoples Party informed that President Asif Ali Zardari was in no mood to go for any adventurism in Punjab and made it clear that the coalition government would not destabilise the PML-N-led Punjab government, and perform the role of a formidable and vibrant opposition in the province. The sources further said that initially President Asif Ali Zardari had accepted the demand of Q-League to create a slot of deputy prime minister but later the legal and constitutional hiccups came in the way as carving out a slot of deputy prime minister required constitutional amendment and institution of such a slot through an executive order could generate a new controversy. To avoid such a controversy the Q-League leadership itself withdrew from their demand and said that as they were joining the government for the greater cause of steering the country out of the prevailing economic and political turmoil so such things should not come their way.