LAHORE - As the PML-N wants the PPP to quit Punjab cabinet following its decision to sit on Opposition benches in National Assembly, the latter has decided to stay in the Cabinet for the timebeing. A high-level meeting of PPP leaders held at Governor's House on Friday decided that PPP ministers would start attending their offices from Saturday (today). The PML-N has also been informed of the decision. Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik, Advisor to PM on Industry Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Qasim Zia and PPP ministers including senior minister Raja Riaz and Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira attended the meeting, which discussed the ongoing state of tension between the two parties, and the party strategy to cope with the situation. A member of PML-Q forward bloc, Najaf Sial, who voted for Asif Ali Zardari in the recent presidential election along with his group of around six like-minded legislators, was also present. The meeting decided that PPP ministers would sit in their offices from today (Saturday) and re-start their routine work. The ministers were told that PPP intended to remain part of the present set up in Punjab till the outcome of an anticipated meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif due in the first week of October. During this period, the PPP would watch the conduct of Punjab Government with the party ministers and then take a decision accordingly, the meeting further decided. Later, Rehman Malik left Governor's House and went straight to CM secretariat, where he had a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Mr Rehman informed the CM about PPP decision, and told him that his party did not want to destabilsie the Punjab Government. Putting the ball in PML-N's court, Malik told Shahbaz that PPP would not quit Punjab coalition on its own. No word of confirmation about this meeting was, however, available from the PML-N side. It is to be noted that PPP ministers in Punjab were not attending their offices after the presidential election following harsh statements by senior PML-N leaders that PPP should quit the Punjab coalition in reciprocation of their party's decision at the Centre. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that PPP has joined hands with the PML-Q to assist the latter in its efforts to bring back its 30 legislators who have formed forward bloc in Punjab Assembly, and recently voted for PML-N's presidential candidate Justice (R) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, thus raising the parliamentary strength of Nawaz party to 201 members from 171. The recent meeting of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer with Chaudhrys of Gujrat is also being seen by political observers in this context. A proposal is also under consideration at the moment to apply defection clause on the unbending members of the PML-Q forward bloc on the allegation of changing their loyalties.