Political wheeling and dealing: PML-N, Likeminded poised to form alliance today

Published: May 12, 2012

Nawaz to accommodate 13 politicians from Chattha’s group for National Assembly seats. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: 

Ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is inching towards its goal of piecing together a ‘grand political alliance’.

After assimilating the Sindh National Front, the party has engaged the PML-Likeminded, a breakaway faction of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ).

“The two sides have reached an agreement on forming a political alliance, which general secretaries of the two parties will announce at a joint news conference today (Saturday) in Raiwind,” sources told The Express Tribune.

According to PML-N’s information cell, the conference will be preceded by a meeting between a delegation of the Likeminded group and Nawaz Sharif.

The Likeminded group, led by Hamid Nasir Chattha, has some of the political heavyweights of Punjab and Sindh including Humayun Akhtar and Arbab Ghulam Rahim.

Former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri was also one of the office-bearers of the party before he defected to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf a few months back.

Last year, the Likeminded group had entered into negotiations with PTI Chairman Imran Khan to discuss a possible alliance. But the talks broke down after Imran asked Likeminded leaders to join his party individually or collectively.

The Likeminded group split, with Chattha and his supporters favouring an alliance with the PTI, while Humayun Akhtar pushing for joining hands with the PML-N. Sources, however, say that on Saturday both groups would join hands with the PML-N.

Sources said that it took Akhtar a lot of efforts to convince Chattha to agree to an alliance as the latter and Nawaz have been political rivals since 1993.

Seat adjustments

Sources privy to the contents of the draft agreement say that after an alliance, Likeminded leaders will contest elections on PML-N tickets. The PML-N, in turn, has agreed to allot party tickets for the National Assembly to 13 Likeminded politicians.

Likeminded leaders will be given five seats in Punjab. Of which Akhtar and Mian Asif will get one each from Lahore; Chattha and Iqbal Dar one each from Gujranwala, and another from Kasur will also be given to the Likeminded group.

Three seats in the National Assembly for lawmakers from Sindh will be offered to Arbab Ghulam Rahim, his brother, and former senator Ghaffar Qureshi. Likeminded group’s Kashmala Tariq will be given a reserved seat for women from both sides.

Sources in the Likeminded group, however, said that they have put the condition of contesting the elections under their own symbol and that both parties establish separate parliamentary boards for the issuance of tickets.

They added that Chattha was to try and convince Nawaz of the same, arguing that the Likeminded group has potential ‘hot’ candidates on 31 seats, while the PML-N was only granting it 13.

The strategy in Sindh will be for both parties to keep PPP candidates out of the mix.

Sources believe that Nawaz would use Chattha to launch an offensive against the Chaudhrys of Gujrat and seek Shujaat Hussain’s disqualification as president of the PML-Q.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (24)

  • popsaeed
    May 12, 2012 - 11:01AM

    PML-N Gainning its target slowely and very wisely

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  • Ziaahmad
    May 12, 2012 - 11:51AM

    What happened to asooli siyast of nawaz sharif?
    and claiming that we wont take Bakiyat of Musharaf?

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  • Iram
    May 12, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Right hand men of Musharaf is going to be right hand men of Nwaz Sharif. PTI rejected these people and NS is happy to take them, what a difference.

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  • faraz
    May 12, 2012 - 11:53AM

    So PTI fans can safely say that PML-Q Likeminded group is not revolutionary?

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 12, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Well Done PML-N. Start to collect Lotta’s and beat TPTI. Recommend

  • adeel ahmed
    May 12, 2012 - 12:14PM

    @posaeed Arent they were with Musharraf? abt which Nawaz used to say that alliance is not possible with Musharraf allies.

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  • scholar
    May 12, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Where are the commentators, anchors and experts who claimed that NS has learnet something from the past ???

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  • Taz100
    May 12, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Oh..these r not Mush remnants and Turn coats and r not influenced by ISI..only those who dnt join PMLN are supported by ISI and r the biggest devils..Shaabash what hypocrisy!

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  • Ahmad
    May 12, 2012 - 12:47PM

    Nawaz Sharif….the most sensible and down to earth Leader…..I love Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Karachiite
    May 12, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Whatever happened to the principles touted by mawaz sharif. Pml in general is a group of lotas aa evident from convention league of ayub. Pathetic

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  • Azmat Ali
    May 12, 2012 - 1:00PM

    Mature Politics!!!

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  • Numan
    May 12, 2012 - 1:11PM

    How can they blame IK now for joining hands with Musharraff allies. They are granting seats to hum khayal where is democracy in that’s. Its all a muk muka. You scratch mine back and I will scratch yours. Now are not these political tested.

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  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2012 - 1:34PM

    looks like pml n hasnt learned from it’s recent multan bi poll defeatRecommend

  • Faizan
    May 12, 2012 - 1:48PM

    4-year topi drama coming to end. Status quo forces joining hands ahead of elections.

    pity the nation who votes for them again

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  • Ahmad
    May 12, 2012 - 2:04PM

    Joining Likeminded with PMLN is not wrong….they are returning back to their parent party.

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  • ali tipu
    May 12, 2012 - 2:05PM

    asooli siasat of nawaz sharif at display.first brother of musharraf ameer muqam and now right hand of musharraf on mian sahabs right hand.Recommend

  • popsaeed
    May 12, 2012 - 2:09PM

    If PTI Supporter say that to change a party is defination of lota then almost 60 percent of pti comprise of lota so try to be mature.

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  • Pakistani
    May 12, 2012 - 2:17PM

    @Iram:
    i think u did not read the whole article have a look again
    collectively.**

    collectively.*> *Imran asked Likeminded leaders to join his party individually or

    collectively.collectively.

    collectively.**

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  • Mo Sheikh
    May 12, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Alhamdolillah. PML-N has become the cleanest & strongest party in Pakistan after these inductions….
    *sarcasm

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  • Salman
    May 12, 2012 - 2:25PM

    So whts it now… N league or Q league….
    Inducting people like Arbab Rahim will surely hurt PMLN…

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  • Mubasher Raheem
    May 12, 2012 - 2:29PM

    Another Pact for the greatest interest of Country….Wa Mian Sb Wa..

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  • Umair
    May 12, 2012 - 2:33PM

    If your leadership is good then you can turned the mess into an asset, like all lotas in PTI are become heroes then why not in PML N? Both leaderships has positive approach towards Pakistan’s progress and they can do more if they work together by keeping their egos aside.

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  • popsaeed
    May 12, 2012 - 2:44PM

    @adeel ahmed:

    They are coming back to there base party

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  • zeeshan bukhari
    Jun 8, 2012 - 12:05AM

    i like ”””hamid nasir chattha”””inshahallah he will win the election in NA-101….from both seats…i love him…..he is nice leader….
    regards zeeshan bukhari

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