ISLAMABAD - Senator Latif Khosa from the ruling PPP is likely to succeed assassinated governor of the Punjab province, a development denied by the PPP. Well-placed sources told The Nation on Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari has tipped Latif Khosa as new governor Punjab and his notification was expected soon. According to informed sources, President Zardari would make the final decision before leaving on his scheduled visit for the USA on January 11. Sources said that Latif Khosa rushed earlier Saturday to Karachi to meet President Zardari where they discussed important matters including appointment of next governor Punjab. Some sources even went on saying that President Zardari has also offered the gubernatorial slot to the wife of assassinated governor. Few also named the incumbent ADBP Chairman Chaudry Zaka Ashraf as one of the potential aspirants. However, PPP sources denied these developments saying President Zardari has yet to take decision. There is no decision about appointment of new governor of Punjab, a central PPP leader said. Reuters adds: The choice of who will replace Taseer is crucial for Zardari. Choosing Khosa could mean Zardari is seeking to cool temperatures with Nawaz Sharif. Taseer was fiery and often clashed publicly with Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Khosa, on the other hand, is soft-spoken and non-confrontational. But he is an ardent supporter of the PPP. Analysts say Khosa, a lawyer by profession, will try to avoid antagonising the Sharif brothers and their PML-N to tamp down disputes that have paralysed the federal govt. Khosas likely appointment comes just two days before an ultimatum given by Sharif to Zardaris government to accept his demands.