KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Sindh United Party (SUP) have finally made the long-expected announcement of allying together for the next elections. The alliance will be sealed formally in the presence of the chief of PML-N, who will arrive in Karachi on Thursday.
This was announced by the SUP President Jalal Mehmoood Shah, and PML-N Senator Zafar Iqbal Jhaghra at a joint press conference on Tuesday at Hyder Manzil, house of late Sindhi nationalist leader GM Syed.
Both the leaders vowed that the alliance will continue even after the general elections.
The terms and conditions of the alliance were decided by the leaders of both parties before the press conference. Marvi Memon, Mamnoon Hussain, Salim Zia and Ismail Rahu, Senator Jhaghra met with the SUP leaders and discussed the alliance in detail.
While addressing the press conference, Senator Jhaghra, who is also the general-secretary of PML-N said that the SUP took the initiative and approached the PML-N to make and alliance with them. “We welcome the SUP leaders,” said Jhagra. “This alliance with make a difference in Sindh’s politics.”
He said that other leaders from Sindh had also approached the PML-N and negotiations with them were under way. “I think most of the political parties will make an alliance on a common agenda soon.”
Jhagra said that Pakistan faced great challenges, especially the energy crisis. It was imperative that the people get rid of the ‘corrupt’ government and support other political forces.
While talking about the recent spate of terrorists attacks on police personnel in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Jhagra said that international forces were conspiring to database the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2012.