ISLAMABAD - The final fine-tuning of the truncate federal cabinet is in full swing and the government is likely to announce the names of around 15 members who would be inducted in the cabinet in the first phase at any time. Sources in the government informed that President Asif Ali Zardari had discussed the future cabinet and the new faces to be inducted in it with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his (Zardaris) close confederates. The PPP leadership is giving consideration to the people from all the four provinces while picking their ministers in the future cabinet and all the four provinces will be given due representation to maintain the federal posture of the party, a senior PPP leader informed. Besides slashing down the number of ministers in the future cabinet, the government is also considering merger of some ministries and divisions to further smart up the working of the government. The new faces likely to join the federal cabinet include Ms Fouzia Wahab, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Abdul Qadir Patel, Senator Jahangir Badr and Ejaz Virk. The sources in the Pakistan Peoples Party informed The Nation that a number of old faces would remain part of the new federal cabinet as well keeping in view their impeccable performance in the past three years. Those who would retain their cabinet berths, with a few facing change in their portfolios, included Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, Syed Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ayatollah Durrani, Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Dr. Babar Awan and a couple of other federal ministers of defunct federal cabinet and they would take oath in first phase. A source in Pakistan Peoples Party informed that the future cabinet would be a blend of old and new faces with the people from Presidential Camp dominating it. The sources in the government further informed that some of the heavy weights like Rehman Malik might not become part of this spruced up cabinet and could be given some other assignment. There is strong possibility that Rehman Malik can be made the Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security, a source close to Prime Ministers House informed. The sources further informed that almost all the state ministers were unlikely to get back into the federal cabinet except a couple of them who would be elevated to the status of full-fledged ministers. Although both MQM and JUI-F have refused to join the federal cabinet, yet in case they decide otherwise one minister each from these two parties would be installed as ministers in the first phase while they would get the rest of their share in the second and final phases. From ANP Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour would be inducted in the first phase and most likely he would continue with the same portfolio, sources in ANP informed. After receiving resignations from all federal ministers in the farewell cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Gilani has asked all the ministers to carry on their duties till the installation of the new cabinet. The sources in the government informed that now Prime Minister Gilani would likely send all the resignations of the federal ministers to President Zardari for final approval. But the matter could be delayed further for a day or so as all the state ministers in the defunct cabinet have yet to furnish their resignations and they are directed by the Prime Minister to submit the same with Prime Minister Secretariat by Thursday. A senior PPP leader informed The Nation that it was just a formality to get resignations from the state ministers and they would be submitting it to the PM Secretariat by Thursday. To a question he said that as the state ministers were not invited in the final cabinet meeting, so they were directed by the government to fulfil the obligation of tendering their resignations by Thursday. The sources further informed that a number of federal and state ministers, whose chances of becoming part of the future federal cabinet were grim, were hectically engaged in lobbying to turn things in their favour.