ISLAMABAD-With the induction of four new ministers, two each from JUI (F) and MQM, the strength of the federal cabinet swelled to 61, making it the second largest cabinet in the country's history. Those who were administered oath on Monday by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr included Dr Farooq Sattar and Babar Khan Ghauri of MQM and Maulana Attaur Rehman and Muhammad Azam Khan Swati of JUI (F). The oath-taking ceremony was attended among others by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chairman Senate Mohammadmian Soomro, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, and JUI (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, federal ministers, parliamentarians and senior officials. The sources in the Parliament informed The Nation that members from Opposition parties were not extended invitation to attend the oath-taking ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Even the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly was not invited to the ceremony contrary to the Parliamentary norms. Though the portfolios of these ministers were not notified after their formal induction into the Federal Cabinet but the sources in the government said that JUI(F) were given the ministries of Science and Technology and Tourism while MQM were given the portfolios of Ports & Shipping and Petroleum. These sources further disclosed that MQM was promised three slots in the Federal Cabinet but at eleventh hour the third minister was not inducted due to some confusion in allocation of the portfolio as MQM was demanding the portfolio of housing or commerce while government had expressed its inability to give any of these portfolios already occupied, one by the JUI (F), and the other by the President of PPPP Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Babar Khan Ghauri after taking oath as federal minister told the newsmen that the current situation and the challenges faced by the country including the economic and security situation demanded unity among various political forces and joint efforts. He said the MQM being third political force in the country had joined the Federal Cabinet keeping in view these challenges. The Minister said MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had always been striving for the solidarity of Pakistan and by joining the federal cabinet; the MQM has given a positive response. Babar Ghauri said, MQM was already coalition partner of PPP in the provincial government of Sindh, and will now strive further for progress and well-being of masses at the federal level as well.