PML-N seeks to form rival alliance

Published: April 30, 2011

Nawaz Sharif, one of his associates said, had already set up a ‘core group’ of the party’s top leaders. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is sharpening plans to seek snap polls ahead of Senate elections early next year in a ‘panicked but calculated’ response to an emerging political alliance apparently aimed at stealing its Punjab stronghold.

A power-sharing deal between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid has reportedly triggered unease within the PML-N, prompting the party to seek a parallel electoral alliance with some other groups.

PML-N officials told The Express Tribune on Friday that their party would soon initiate negotiations with the religious and nationalists’ parties in Balochistan and Sindh.

Nawaz Sharif, one of his associates said, had already set up a ‘core group’ of the party’s top leaders including Raja Zafarul Haq, Ishaq Dar, Mehtab Abbasi and Iqbal Zafar Jhagrha for this purpose.

And more significantly the party had also decided to hit the roads with a demand for snap parliamentary polls before the provincial assemblies could re-elect half of the Senate members next March.

The PML-N would almost be reduced to ground if the polls for the upper house of the parliament are held under the current equation in the provincial legislatures. The party doesn’t have any representations whatsoever in Sindh and Balochistan.

Both Islamic parties and nationalists have in the past been allied to the PML-N when the party remained in power for a couple of times in the 1990s.

“Our alliance is natural…we are going to revive it ahead of the next elections,” a top party leader said referring to 90s affiliation with parties like Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) of slain Baloch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti.

The alliance, another official said, was going to be on the same lines Sharif was able to establish ahead of the general elections in 1990 that ultimately inflicted defeat on the PPP led by slain former premier Benazir Bhutto then.

The alliance was known as Islami Jamhoori Ittehad.

“It is going to be bigger and more vigorous this time,” the official said of the new alliance.

Already there have been enough evidence that the alliance being finalised by President Asif Zardari and Chaudhrys of Gujrat is aimed at depriving Sharif’s PML-N of what was a comfortable majority the party won in 2008 general polls at least in the central Punjab, its stronghold.

The PML-N chief has also signalled at accepting back in the party some of the leaders who betrayed him to join Pervez Musharraf after the 1999 coup.

According to officials, Ejazul Haq and Humayun Akhtar are among those who might be accepted in the PML-N.

Those leaders of the PML-Q who are opposed to its deal with the PPP would also be accepted in the party, according to the officials.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2011.

Reader Comments (21)

  • amarjamali
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:13AM

    it is good step taken by pml n.hopefully the allaince would be able to bring all nationalist parties in the main steam politics in future.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:14AM

    From 1970 all the right wing parties have sanctioned fatwas against PPP. Yet they could never dare to face PPP one on one. They know and every fair election results showed that PPP is the only national party and most popular as well.

    This time also the right wing religious parties and the remnants of military dictatorships particularly Zia supporters would form a grand alliance to face the “weak, corrupt, unpopular” PPP. They have always feared to contest elections against PPP, one on one and are doing the same. However, this time PPP and Zardari has defeated them in their own game by going ahead with his own alliance.

    If PPP is forming an alliance hell is breaking loose. But when right wing extremes always do this same thing, it if fine with them.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:22AM

    PPP PML-Q and PML-N are having last party in assemblies. People are educated enough to kick them out of politics in next election. Instead of improving condition of common citizens they are preparing for next election. Greedy and Selfish Politicians of Pakistan.Recommend

  • wahab
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:27AM

    PTI has ruined PML N’s popularity in PUnjab…PML N can never get the same popularity now, which she enjoyed a year agoRecommend

  • Saud
    Apr 30, 2011 - 11:51AM

    PTI and PML (N) should form an election alliance.
    Imran must set aside his pride and agree on a national agenda with PML (N).
    This country cannot afford continued PPP corruption and mismanagement.Recommend

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Apr 30, 2011 - 11:58AM

    @amarjamali you are still living in the fool’s paradise!!!
    Nawaz Sharif is not sincere with Pakistan, what can you expect from him. Recommend

  • Adeel
    Apr 30, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Sharif bros have missed the bus. They created a serious goodwill (though fake) post musharraf time but their politics of fear of military takeover has sent them back to mid 2000s level of popularity…Recommend

  • Ya right
    Apr 30, 2011 - 12:20PM

    PML(N) will suffer massive humiliation. PTI may not get many seats – but it will ruin PML(N) chances. They have lost the Hazara belt – they will lose miserably in the South Punjab against the PPP and PMLQ. They will face stiff competition in central and North Punjab from PTI and in Urban centers from both JPI and PTI. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 30, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.These all are lame excuses,pretences and hypocritical moves of completing the 5-year tenure of present the most ever corrupt,worst and substandard democratic system.Recommend

  • dar
    Apr 30, 2011 - 2:50PM

    PML Q will soon die its own death.It is not a prty but just a saleable limited company put togather by dictators, any one with a bagfull of mony can buy and put it in his pocket.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 30, 2011 - 4:42PM

    I am doubtlessly saying that,
    Mian Nawaz Sharif is a good political leader and have best qualities of leadership,
    As president described him he is a assets of Pakistan when was in hospital in London .

    But,
    as for as the decision taken by Mian Sahib is concerned,
    resulting in ways are parted between the two political major parties
    of the country,at the time that is not favorable for our home land and
    is not understandable also.

    It goes not in favor of common man ,living in this country and has deprived basic necessities
    essential for life.

    Now N league,
    under the political pressure ,
    is seeking support for other parties,
    is not better than that.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 30, 2011 - 7:38PM

    It is result of aggressive political policies,
    N league would feel now alone in Punjab.

    In fact,
    N league has made historical mistake by kicking out
    Pakistan peoples party from the coalition.

    You believed on them,
    they are not dependable,
    any time can turn their hook
    and boat can sink in the center.

    As for as ,Raymond devise case is concerned,
    you should admit as they are recognizing and saying
    court has released him,same way can be adopted by you.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 30, 2011 - 7:45PM

    One Question for those of you are well familar with local party politics in Pak, that is , what does Kiyani think of all this??
    Its seems like Marriage season in Pakistan Politics at present !! ! !Recommend

  • saleem
    Apr 30, 2011 - 8:19PM

    PML(N) should also form an alliance with TTP, Sunni Tehrik, and all others, as they are also having the same ‘natural’ alliance with them. Recommend

  • True Pakistani Patriot
    Apr 30, 2011 - 8:37PM

    Who cares in Govt and in elite, we will be sufferring like anything till our THE END…………..Recommend

  • True Pakistani Patriot
    Apr 30, 2011 - 8:38PM

    But I guess its TOO LATE MIAN SB……..Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 30, 2011 - 9:00PM

    @dar:
    Oh, baseless to say,
    in fact it has filed the vacuum,
    created by N league.

    Some time political vacuum destroy whole nation,
    please see the history of that past relating to Russia .Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 30, 2011 - 9:34PM

    All these alliances ( Govt or opposition) are only for their own survival & self interest but there is NO COMMITMENT for Public & the Nation. Recommend

  • Munir
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:15PM

    PMLN has no future – this is a party of bunch of hypocrites. Recommend

  • Riaz Butt
    Apr 30, 2011 - 10:19PM

    PML-N is no more. The party has already burned Punjab in sasti roti schemeRecommend

  • Rizwan Wasti
    May 3, 2011 - 7:32PM

    No doubt, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was a major political party but that was the story of past. PML-N leaders themselves reflect by their actions that it is a regional party rather than a national party. During the last general elections, it only won seats in one province, i.e. Punjab. Even many of PML-N candidates also faced shameful defeat in many constituencies of Punjab. In Sindh, PML-N even fails to clinch a single seat and now the Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s recent statement demanding Karachi as a separate province decreased the popularity of PML-N. The same is the case with KPK and Balochistan. The only party that represents the people of four Provinces is PPP. PML-N must confess that it is a regional party and limited to central Punjab only. Recommend

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