ISLAMABAD - The ruling coalition is likely to announce a ceasefire ahead of the holy month of Ramazan, defence ministry sources told TheNation on Friday. Informed sources said that the operation launched to purge the FATA and Swat regions of the foreign militants has by and large achieved the due objective. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to announce the truce after his return to Islamabad on Saturday (today). It was further learnt that Prime Minister had also consulted the Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in this regard. The coalition government has also briefed the FATA MPs and taken them into confidence about the ceasefire during Ramazan in the tribal areas, including Bajaur and Swat. A number of FATA MPs, who met PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday had persuaded him to agree to the proposed ceasefire plan that would span over one and half a month. Our Monitoring desk adds that the government has decided to announce a ceasefire with the militants in tribal areas and Swat and the decision in this regard will be made public today (Saturday), reported a private TV channel and BBC. A military spokesman, Major Muhammad Murad, said that if the Army were ordered by the government to do so, it would halt its activities. Munir Khan Aurakzai, who led the 10-member FATA MPs delegation, has confirmed that consensus on ceasefire has been reached in talks with Asif Zardari. "We told the PPP Co-Chairman that if the military operations do not come to an end, if the government does not opt for talks, it would become very difficult for them to remain in the ruling coalition and support Zardari in the presidential election," he added. He also said Prime Minister Gilani and Army Chief Gen Kayani, who is in the US, would also be consulted, "but Zardari had told us that it's 98 per cent done and an announcement would be made on Saturday." He further said the ceasefire would be for 40-45 days during which efforts would be made to resolve the issue through talks. "We would part ways with the ruling coalition and would not support PPP in presidential election if the announcement was not made," he warned. "Advent of the holy month of Ramazan is another reason for seeking a ceasefire," Munir maintained. On Sunday last, PM Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik had rejected the offer for negotiations by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) saying it was possible only if they lay down arms and stop terrorist activities.