ISLAMABAD The PPP-led government has initiated spadework for a Saraiki province comprising of Southern Punjab districts and it is likely to make some announcement in this regard during the current month or soon after Eidul Fitr. Sources in the government informed that Prime Minister Gilani had already initiated consultation with party leadership from Southern Punjab. The sources said the main aim behind triggering the move of bifurcation of the largest province in the country was clipping the wings of PML-N and to frustrate its expected agitation against the government after Ramazan. The PM had made Sughra Imam, daughter of Syeda Abida Hussain, coordinator and directed her to have interaction with all political forces to have their input on creation of Seraiki province, the longstanding demand of the people living in southern Punjab, the sources said. At the same time, the government was also attempting to woo the Q-League MPs back sitting with the PML-N to exert more pressure on it so that they could not come up with some forceful agitation in the coming days. The sources further said that Gilani on Tuesday arranged an Iftar dinner for his cabinet members and ministers from Southern Punjab and discussed with them the plan for a new province and the way forward. Though the meeting held in PMs House reviewed development projects in three districts of Southern Punjab including Multan, Bhawalpur and DG Khan, its actual purpose was to get MPs viewpoint on the idea of formation of new province. Those who attended the meeting included Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Professional and Technical Training Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister of State for Defence Production Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar, Minister of State for Production Khawaja Sheraz Mahmood and MNAs Ch Iftikhar Nazir, Azeem Dualtana, Begum Nasir Akhtar Chaudhry, Moazzam Ali Khan Jatoi, Ms Khadija Aamir, Dewan Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, Syed Mumtaz Alam Gilani, Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry and Javed Iqbal Warraich. Sources in the PPP said the government was perturbed over the harsh and hostile statements coming from Nawaz Sharif and his indication of launching a movement against them after Ramazan. To neutralise the expected movement the government would come up with the plan of carving out a Seraiki province, he added. The sources further informed that a committee comprising of leading politicians from Southern Punjab would be constituted in a month or so and formal announcement in this connection would be made by President Zardari. The idea of turning Hazara into a separate province would be placed at the backburner as the key ally of the government from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was against such a move, they said. Meanwhile, a press release issued by the PMs media wing said Gilani assured the MPs that government was committed to the uplift of the under-developed areas of Southern Punjab. He said his focus was on health, education, water supply, roads and communication networks. He said measures were also afoot to address the chronic problem of loadshedding. The parliamentarians discussed with the prime minister the possibility of launching new development projects to bring about a positive change in the lives of the common man. There was also a demand for swift measures to curb loadshedding and to strengthen existing riverbanks and construction of new spurs to protect the people from any flooding.