ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday held a detailed discussion with Jamiat-I-Ulema-I-Islam Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan on prevailing political situation, expansion of the federal cabinet and the overall working of the coalition government in the face of the contentious issues affecting the four-party coalition. Both Fazl and Asfandyar called on Prime Minister and stayed there well over two hours. The sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting told that the three leaders had decided that the heads of the coalition partners would meet in Islamabad on July 23 to remove the gray areas marring the smooth functioning of the coalition. These sources said though the chances of Nawaz Sharif's participation in the meeting were bleak but according to PML-N sources Nawaz had given assurance to Premier Gilani that his party would participate in the meeting and most likely Shahbaz Sharif would attend the meeting. The sources informed that besides other issues, the upcoming meeting of the alliance would discuss the ongoing military operation in FATA and the concerns of the coalition partners about not taking them on board before re-launching the military operation. The other contentious issues like PML-N concern over the delay in judges' restoration and expansion of federal cabinet would also be discussed. The sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting informed that Asfandyar had expressed his party's concern over keeping them out while making the decision to restart the military operation in tribal areas while also raised the issue of appointment of Baitul Maal Chief from PPP without consulting them. The expansion of federal cabinet and appointment of chairmen of standing committees and parliamentary secretaries also came under discussion and PM assured that the coalition parties would duly accommodated. The standoff over the judges' issue also figured in the meeting and it was the consensus view of all the three leaders that more serious efforts should be made to bring back the PML-N in the federal cabinet, as it was vital to the future of the coalition government. Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Tanveer Mahmood called on the Prime Minister at the PM Secretariat and briefed him about the functioning of the Pakistan Air Force. MNA Jehangir Tareen also held a meeting with Premier Gilani and discussed with him various issues of mutual interest and the prevailing political situation in the country. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir called on the Prime Minister and discussed with him the matters relating to Pakistan's international relations. Deputy Chairman ERRA Lt General Akram Sajjad called on the Prime Minister and briefed him about the progress made on a number of development projects in various sectors in the earthquake-affected areas of AJK and NWFP.