PML-N, MQM to explore possibility of poll alliance

Published: September 4, 2012

Delegations of both parties meet today to discuss political scenarios before and after elections. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee which will meet a Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) delegation in Islamabad today, with the two set to discuss a possible electoral alliance and the political scenario pre and post general elections, sources in the PML-N told The Express Tribune.

Nawaz, who presided over a high level PML-N meeting in Murree on Monday, held talks with its senior leadership, following which he formed a three-member committee to hold talks with the MQM delegation.

Senator Ishaq Dar will head the PML-N’s committee, which also comprises Senator Pervez Rashid and MNA Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi.

According to an MQM official, MNA Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Ghauri are the members of MQM’s delegation at present. However, he refused to divulge any information of what the meeting will be about.

According to reliable sources in the PML-N, Nawaz was informed by the party’s senior leadership that the MQM was willing to discuss key issues with them at the leadership level.

When Nawaz asked the senior party leadership about the agenda and purpose of their meeting, Senator Dar replied that the MQM wanted to develop a mutually beneficial understanding, vis-a-vis the ongoing political issues between the two parties, to discuss the political scenario before and after the elections and a possible electoral alliance, sources said.

Senator Dar added that Altaf Hussain’s party had approached the PML-N in July to have a meeting with Nawaz, but at the time, he was unavailable to meet them. Sources also said Senator Dar informed him MQM was also willing to discuss and negotiate with the PML-N on any possible electoral alliances.

Sources said that keeping in view MQM being an ally of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led coalition government, Nawaz directed the committee to talk to their counterparts with an open heart to discuss a pre and post election alliance.

According to the sources, PML-N’s committee will ask the MQM delegation to get the party to press the PPP for a smooth political transition from the current government to the next after the general elections. They confirmed that if the meeting is fruitful, then Nawaz will himself hold talks with MQM’s delegation. They also said that on one hand, MQM was willing to soften its stance towards PML-N, but at the same time it wanted to convey a strong message to the PPP about its future course of strategy with other political parties, in order to gain more benefits from the federal government.

It is pertinent to mention that in July, MQM had announced a planned roundtable conference on national security, featuring key stakeholders, including the military leadership, religious and political leaders and held meetings with major political parities, but the PML-N was unwilling to be a part of it. According to sources in both the parties, MQM has called off the roundtable conference and instead continues its talks with the PML-N.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (20)

  • ibrahim Hashmi
    Sep 4, 2012 - 10:00AM

    Where is ET cry over this development?
    They would criticize Imran for having links with MQM.
    Whats this? These statusquo parties will join hands again.Recommend

  • Sep 4, 2012 - 10:40AM

    it’s difficult to trust Mian Nawaz Sharif, very often he tries to become one man show. though good move by MQM, PMLN and MQM should be natural allies, since their vote bank doesn’t conflict.

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  • Mohajir
    Sep 4, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Nice move .. i hope next CM of Sindh will be from MQM ….

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  • Faraz
    Sep 4, 2012 - 11:15AM

    If PML N doing a blunder its no excuse that Imran Khan is doing the right thing.
    Doesn’t he have brain?

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  • Sep 4, 2012 - 11:29AM

    oh so no issue. two rotten eggs !!

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  • Asim
    Sep 4, 2012 - 11:45AM

    PMLN feels happy in grabbing those rejected by PTI. The slogan ‘Politics of Principles’ has just went the drain.

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  • ahmad
    Sep 4, 2012 - 12:36PM

    MQM Begging PMLN for political relevance….Keep it up NS.

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  • MAC
    Sep 4, 2012 - 12:43PM

    If one grants that PML-N is a status quo party for joining hands with MQM, then what is PTI’s excuse for doing it? Politics, for both the corrupt and the honest, is all about power. If a politician does not want power, then he is not a politician. The grand ideals cannot be realized until adequate amount of this commodity is obtained first.

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  • Concerned
    Sep 4, 2012 - 12:43PM

    Good to see all Statusquo parties making alliance. One think IK was correct in predicting this last year.

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  • X-Supporter
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:03PM

    I am ashamed that I supported PML (N) in paxt

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  • Kaleem
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:10PM

    PML-N or PTI, Both should look to make electoral alliance with MQM. If this move leads to any of these parties making next govt and getting rid of PPP, we should welcome this. Why give 25 seats of MQM so blindly to PPP?

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  • Sep 4, 2012 - 1:40PM

    .. Shame on PMLN for Taking a U-Turn !!

    Me , My friends & relatives will vote for ImranKhan PTI :)

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  • Sep 4, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Time for a face change, yet loot and plunder will continue.

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  • Naeem
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Soon there will be a news of electoral allaince with PPP too! Aagay Aagay Dikho hota hey kya

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  • Yellow
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Both will be clean bowled by PTI

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  • Rehan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 3:06PM

    MQM’s flexible approach in politics is praiseworthy, which seems to be aimed for the overall betterment, no party of Pak should bash MQM as each and every main stream party closely interacted with MQM

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  • Abubakar
    Sep 4, 2012 - 3:24PM

    I guess its an irresponsible editorial from Tribune. All the parties in parliament are supposed to sit and formulate joint proposition for upcoming caretaker setup and this does by no means shows that they are going for election alliance. Please for the sake of God, don’t play with words to malign parties & misinform people. Thanks!

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  • Umair Khan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Imran Khan was right that all will unite against PTI. Now i will vote for PTI TOO. Shame on You PMLN. I regret

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:33PM

    So here they are a few months ago:
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    http://youtu.be/jW7eRXNo6Fc
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    And here they are talking about election alliance. WAHOOOO! This is like the WWF wrestling matches where they hit each other but not enough to make the other person bleed.

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  • Mohammad
    Sep 4, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Political parties uniting again. No surprise to see PPP+PML-N, PPP+MQM, PPP+ANP, PML-N+ANP, MQM+ANP, PML-N+PML-Q, PPP+PML-Q and all other combinations. On the argument of – all is possible and flexible in politics. Same faces, same system, and obviously the same fate for people (actually worse). Sleep on people. Hanooz Delhi Dor Ust.Recommend

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