ISLAMABAD - The Federal Cabinet will meet here today (Thursday) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf mainly to discuss Tehreek Minhajul Quran ultimatum to the federal government.

Besides overall review of the current political situation, the meeting would likely accord approval to a bill for the establishment of Logistics Services Providers Regulatory Authority.

According to Prime Minister Secretariat sources the other items of agenda included seeking approval of the cabinet for signing of defence cooperation agreements with Itlay and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sources in PPP informed that the party leadership was panicked due to the MQM joining the bandwagon of Allama Tahirul Qadri while the partial support extended to the cause of Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief by PML-Q leadership.

Sources in PPP informed that on the direction of President Asif Ali Zardari Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would be meeting some senior leaders of other political stakeholders in government as well as sitting on opposition benches to tackle the situation.

Sources in the party further said that the PPP leadership would also be discussing the caretaker setup and the announcement of the upcoming elections schedule and caretaker Prime Minister could be made ahead of Tahirul Qadri’s long march with the aim to break its momentum.

Sources further said that there is strong and considered thinking in the PPP ranks that caretaker Prime Minister should be some trusted political leader either from their own party or from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to be installed as caretaker prime minister with mutual consultation between the leadership of both the parties and PPP did not want to trust some apolitical person who could be derailed by certain forces of status quo who did not want to see smooth transfer of power to the next government.

Political sources said that though the PPP leadership had not discussed this idea with PML-N but it is believed that there are some back channel contacts between the leadership of both the parties and now in the given situation both the parties could sit together for the greater cause of the democracy and for the sake of continuity of the political system could thrash out differences on some thorny issues and land on same page.