ISLAMABAD - The efforts to bring back the estranged coalition partners were geared up by the President and Prime Minister but so far they had failed to convince both Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) to rejoin the federal cabinet. Sources in the government informed that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had expressed his inability to rejoin the federal cabinet to both the President and Prime Minister and said that the central executive committee of his party had decided not to become a part of the government. In his meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and later with Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik who had called on him at his residence, he said that though JUI-F would not join the federal cabinet but they would continue extending support to the government in all the positive things and would not let any political party to blackmail the government on the basis of number game in both the houses. The sources aware of the deliberations of the JUI-F meetings with the government in the recent past informed The Nation that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had given assurance to President Asif Ali Zardari at the time when ruling alliance was under tremendous pressure following the walking out of MQM from the government that JUI-F would not let the government fall due to number game in the National Assembly but at the same time he made it clear to the President that they would not rejoin the federal cabinet. Meanwhile, according to the officials of Prime Minister Secretariat, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Maulana Attaur Rehman called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and exchanged views on blasphemy law as well as overall political situation in the country. Staff Reporter from Karachi adds: The MQM is not interested to rejoin the new federal cabinet despite repeated contacts from the government. It may be noted here that the PPPs Central Executive Committee (CEC) in its last meeting decided for right sizing of the cabinet under the 18th Amendment and in consultation with the coalition partners in a view to cut down government expenditures.The sources in the MQM told The Nation that Prime Minister and other PPPs top leaders had contacted the MQM leadership to convince them to rejoin the federal cabinet. But the MQM wants acceptance of certain demands.