THE PML(Q) Forward Bloc in the Punjab Assembly has reason to worry about the PPP's decision to remain part of the provincial ruling coalition since it is going to deal a blow to its members' hope of getting their share in the cabinet. Mian Ata Muhammad Maneka, who was elbowed out by Dr Tahir Ali Javed, now heading the so-called unification group, cautioned Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday to be wary of the PPP ministers who, he believed, would try to put pressure on him by highlighting flaws in the issues of governance. That Mr Maneka was quite upset for being sidelined by the PML(N) leadership regardless of his effort to keep the Forward Bloc intact during the Governor's Rule was evident from his annoying observation that he had told his colleagues to contact their new leader if they had any reservations about the issue. Dr Javed meanwhile keeps mum. Perhaps he understands that there is not much to worry about until the two mainstream parties finalize modalities for jointly running the province. The sticking point remains the powersharing formula for which no headway seems to have been made despite frequent contacts between the top leaderships of the PPP and the PML(N). A report in this paper indicates that Mian Shahbaz and some of his senior colleagues are reluctant to concede 40 percent share in the power set-up to the PPP under the changed circumstances when the PML(N) is neither a part of the federal government nor does it intend to be. This gives the Punjab CM a greater room to manoeuvre to deny the PPP its desired quota in the administrative postings in the province on the grounds that it would be done purely on the basis of merit. And the PML(N) leadership can continue to insist on reviewing the 60-40 powersharing formula in its favour until it is pushed to the stage where it feels compelled to rejoin the federal government. Prime Minister Gilani, who met the Punjab CM on Sunday, will have another round with him today to persuade him to reconsider the decision of not becoming part of the government at the Centre. Mian Shahbaz's insistence on reducing the PPP's share in the provincial cabinet might be aimed at inducting some Forward Bloc members in return for their unflinching support during the period he was out of power. But he needs to keep in mind that doing so would only cause heartburning among his partymen many of whom have serious reservation about the official patronage of these dissidents. The CM may however find it difficult to strike a balance between keeping the turncoats happy and not causing annoyance to his own legislators.