ISLAMABAD - During their meeting held here on Tuesday Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari both the leaders agreed to hold the elections with a slight change in the earlier schedule of June 18, now likely to be held on or before June 24. In this connection Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would take appropriate steps and the fresh schedule would be announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan in the next couple of days, the sources in the ruling alliance disclosed to The Nation. In the meeting, which was facilitated on the request of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, both the leaders discussed at length the situation obtaining out of the Election Commission of Pakistan's announcement of by-elections postponement for two months wherein the deteriorating law and order situation was listed as the main reason. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was firm to the point that the elections should not be delayed and in this connection the related issues including the NWFP CM shifting the responsibility of postponement of by-polls on Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik and keeping of Prime Minister in dark on the issue also came up for discussion. On Monday night soon after the statement of NWFP CM Amir Haider Hoti that he had extended the request for postponement of by-elections on the direction of Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik, Asif Ali Zardari had summoned Rehman Malik to Zardari House for explanation where reportedly Rehman Malik had refused to have any contact with NWFP CM on the subject. As Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also expressed his ignorance about the delay in the elections both PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Premier Gilani agreed to enhance coordination among the ruling coalition so that such conspiracies aimed at destabilizing the political dispensation could be plugged. Both the leaders had also agreed to probe the real character behind this conspiracy as the postponement of elections had taken the ruling coalition by surprise and it was termed as an attempt to damage the ruling coalition by leadership of multi-party ruling alliance. Both the leaders agreed that delay in by-polls at this juncture was neither in the interest of the ruling alliance nor the political process and agreed that the elections should not be put off for two months. It was agreed that elections should be held near to the earlier schedule and in this connection Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would take appropriate measures. The sources close to the ruling alliance disclosed that the elections would now be held on or before June 24.The fresh schedule would be announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan in the next couple of days. The meeting between the two leaders lasted for over half an hour and was also attended by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms Sherry Rehman. Meanwhile, in a surprise move just a day after the deferment of controversial by-elections, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has conditionally announced to withdraw its August 18 decision if NWFP government sends a revised report on law and order situation. "The ECP postponed the by-polls till August 18 on the written request of NWFP government but the decision can be revised if NWFP government withdraws its report stating poor law and order situation," Secretary EC Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad told TheNation on Tuesday. He said that the ECP had no direct role in postponement of the by-elections and it was the NWFP government that sent a report regarding deteriorated law and order situation that was unsuitable for holding elections. He said, "If the NWFP government requests ECP to cancel the postponement of by-polls, the elections would be held on June 18." He said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members of ECP would take up the revised report from NWFP government on the basis of strong condemnation from different segments of society on the deferment of by-polls. Secretary ECP, however, denied his meeting with the PML-N President Mian Shahbaz Sharif saying neither he nor the CEC met with him or any other person in this regard. He also denied that the CEC had sought reports from all four provincial chief secretaries on law and order situation. However, some official sources confirmed that the CEC, after a daylong consultative meeting with his staff, sought reports on law and order situation from chief secretaries of all the four provinces. According to them, in the light of these reports the CEC would review the decision about the postponement of by-elections. They maintained that after facing strong criticism from all segments of society including the political parties, the ECP was finding out an escape route.