Pakistani opposition groups to decide on new government

Pakistan's opposition leaders were poised to decide on the makeup of a new coalition government Sunday after winning parliamentary elections last month, officials said. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, the widow of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, met for talks at Sharif's home in Murree, a scenic hill resort near the capital, Islamabad. Senior leaders from Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party and Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N have been discussing forming a new government since the February 18 general elections. "The meeting will formalize the working of negotiating teams from both the parties," said Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for Sharif's party.