ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government is likely to include a member of coalition partner from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in federal cabinet very soon.

“The ruling party (PML-N) in the next phase will accommodate its coalition partners in the federal cabinet,” said JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman dropping a hint that both the parties have almost agreed on expansion of the federal cabinet. Fazl was talking to media persons after holding a detailed meeting with Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Ishaq Dar. Both of them discussed prevailing political and economic situation in the country and other matters.

To a question, JUI-F chief said that his party supported the initiation of talks with Taliban.

Earlier, Dar in the meeting briefed Fazl about the steps taken by the government for the improvement of economic situation and the socioeconomic prosperity of the country. The incumbent government has also taken measures for broadening of tax base regime in order to enhance tax-to-GDP ratio in the country, he added.

Fazl hoped that economic policies initiated by the government would benefit the masses and improve overall economic situation in the country.

It is relevant to mention here that former Chief Minister KPK, Akram Khan Durrani, will be given ministerial slot in coming week, JUI-F sources shared with The Nation.

The JUI-F after getting space in treasury benches started demanding of the ruling party to award it two ministries; however, it will get one ministry, said the sources. The sources said that negotiations between two parties were also going on about chairmanship of standing committee on foreign relations of both houses (National Assembly/ Senate).