ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Peoples Party has linked their stay in the Punjab government with Pakistan Muslim League-Ns becoming a part of the federal government and if PML-N decides otherwise, then PPP would sit in opposition but extend unconditional support to the Punjab government. The decision to this effect was made in the meeting of PPP MPAs belonging to Punjab. The meeting was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr under the chair of Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. A number of federal ministers and all PPP MNAs from Punjab also attended the meeting. Sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting disclosed to TheNation that the issue whether PPP should remain part of the Punjab government or not was discussed threadbare and all aspects in this respect were considered. The MPs also gave their comments on the issue. According to the sources, though there were sizeable MPs who had opposed the idea of sitting with PML-N in the provincial government but the majority were of the view that they should become a part of the PML-Ns Punjab government on the condition if PML-N too joined the federal government. They were of the opinion that PML-N should be asked to join the PPP-led federal government, as the reason for which they had quitted it were resolved as per their wishes. It was unanimously decided in the meeting that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani should extend invitation to PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif in this regard and if they agreed to join the federal cabinet, then PPP should join the Punjab government, otherwise it would sit on opposition benches. The sources also informed that a final round of talks would take place between Prime Minister Gilani and Sharif brothers on the issue. The sources further informed that PPP Punjab Parliamentary Leader Qasim Zia slammed the political victimisation of the bureaucracy in the province saying the bureaucracy had been divided for the first time in Punjab due to the wrong steps of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting once again reposed full confidence in the leadership of Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Monitoring Desk adds: President Zardari Wednesday said he would consult with his legal brains about removing political restrictions against Sharif Brothers. I have never said that we can do nothing for Mian Sahib on political grounds, and political restrictions on Sharifs can be removed through presidential order, but they (Sharifs) have not asked me to do so, President Zardari said in an interview to a private TV channel. Ill consult with my legal brains. So far, Im not sure either I can do this or not, the President said, adding, conviction (saza) can be forgiven but crime does exist. The President further said it was a constitutional issue, which could be resolved with two-thirds majority in Parliament. However, he said he would ponder over this issue. He said he had an understanding with Mian Sahib, but he (Nawaz) sometimes becomes aggressive. We had told them that government is unable to restore Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, but Nawaz Sharif adhered to his previous stance and parted ways from the central government, he maintained. Once again we offer Nawaz Sharif to join hands with the government. To a query, he said two-party system could work here and this would take time to take roots. Governor Rule was imposed when no coalition leader was there to lead, he added. He said the Governor Rule could have been avoided but political thinking at that time did against it. PPP members in Punjab government had expressed reservations and they were considering themselves in Opposition even being in the government, he said. So, the PPP had decided to form government in Punjab and if could not do so, well go for another option, the President narrated without elaborating it. When asked about the Prime Ministers statement for a retrial of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Zardari said the PPP had an understanding with PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif that the provincial and the national assemblies will apologise to the nation over this historical tragedy. However, he said now the PML N leaders seemed a bit reluctant and the government would urge them to back this move. He said the decision by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court had already given a decision about Murtaza Bhutto. Rejecting a view that there were thousands of missing persons from Balochistan, he said there were only 200 to 300 people, and most of them had already been released, with only a few people remaining in prisons. It would take time to take the Baloch people into confidence, he stated. The President said Balochistan issues would be resolved this year, adding that he, as President, could announce amnesty in Balochistan, but I wish this should be done by Parliament, so that this step will get a constitutional cover as well. Politics is an art of possibilities and we have restored as many judges as we could, Zardari said, adding that he could not remove Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and that he was waiting for his tenure to end. The President said it was PPP, not he, which decided to make him President. Rather, he wanted to nominate a senior party leader the President of Pakistan, he added. However, he did not disclose the name of that senior party leader. To another query, he said he was ready to surrender his powers and it was up to the Parliament to give its decision in this connection. About Swat peace deal and the signing of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, the President said all stakeholders, including the provincial government, were on board, adding, we are still watching the situation there. To a question, Zardari said the Obama Administration had accepted some of Pakistans viewpoints and there were some differences as well. The US had assured of not launching drone attacks in Balochistan, he said. To another question about the prospects of initiating cases against former President Pervez Musharraf, President Zardari said it was not his decision, as decisions happen to come from the parliament. The Parliament, which had MNAs not soldiers, would take decision in this regard, he stated. He, however, added that he believed in policy of reconciliation, looking to future and not to the past, which was also the policy of Benazir Bhutto. About India, the President said New Delhi had hiked its defence budget by 30 per cent. What is this for? India has 5000 tanks which cannot go across Himaliya, the President said, adding that such facts would have to be kept in view while establishing ties with India. He said an international forum was being held in the US which would be attended by European countries as well. Ill raise a point that not only Indian intelligence agency RAW but other international agencies are also destabilising Afghanistan which is harmful for Pakistan, he said.