The odd couple: Nawaz calls party leaders to discuss alliance with Imran

Published: November 6, 2011
PML-N chief has also instructed party members not to issue statements against the PTI chief. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

PML-N chief has also instructed party members not to issue statements against the PTI chief. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE


The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is contemplating on an alliance with political parties, including emerging rival Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), for a protest campaign aimed at dislodging the government.

Officials told The Express Tribune on Saturday that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has called a meeting of his party’s top leaders in Islamabad next week to decide when and how to approach Khan and other right-wing and nationalist parties for joining its public agitation campaign against the government.

No schedule has been finalised for the meeting but insiders said it could take place either next Saturday or Sunday, before the National Assembly session commences on November 14.

Sharif, who returned to Pakistan after touring Turkey and Britain for two weeks, is said to be worried about the turnout at PTI’s rally in Lahore last week and wants to move ahead with his political maneuvers as soon as possible.

Sources said that Sharif had ordered party leaders hostile to PTI, including Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, not to issue statements against Imran, in an apparent attempt to prepare grounds for opening negotiations with the former cricket hero.

At the meeting after Eid, which will be attended by members of the party’s central working committee (CWC) as well as the parliamentary board, the PML-N is also likely to decide to open a scrutiny of candidates it wants to field in the general elections. However, one official commented, the top most issue on the meeting’s agenda would be how to tackle the rise of Imran as a political opponent in the urban centres of Punjab – a conventional stronghold and major vote bank of the party.

“Of course, Imran Khan is an important factor in Punjab’s politics now …we cannot ignore him anymore. That’s why Mian Sahib (Nawaz Sharif) doesn’t want to overlook him in future,” the official added.

Although PTI’s October 30 rally in Lahore is said to be the real trigger behind the PML-N’s decision to seek an alliance with rightwing parties in Punjab and nationalist parties in Balochistan, a party spokesperson refused to admit it.

“We were planning it long before Imran rallied in Lahore …we are a political party not stock brokers that we change our decisions with the wind,” said Senator Mushahidullah Khan.

He, however, did not rule out that the party could offer an alliance to Imran Khan or seek one with him.

Last week, Punjab’s Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said in Faisalabad that the PML-N might think of inviting the PTI to join its campaign in order to dislodge the government.

Imran Khan’s reciprocated promptly.

“It is only possible if party leaders including Sharif declare their assets,” the PTI chief told journalists at the Lahore airport before his departure to China.

PML-N leaders said the decision at next week’s meeting would be limited to negotiating an alliance with the PTI on a one-point agenda of cooperation in an anti-government campaign.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Akbar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:48AM

    he doesn’t need to do this. PTI will burn to ashes come the election. all this fake hike will be blown away. off-course if ISI doesn’t play a role in election.

    imran and his internet revolutionaries will see what the reality is, it’s one thing voting on facebook, twitter and winning the election is another thing.

    you don’t become PM with one seat in paraliment.


  • PTI Supporter
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:04AM

    Now the Dengue Brothers are afraid of Imran Khan . . . .!!!!….(;-)


  • JJ
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:04AM



  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:14AM

    The day Imran joins PML(N) it will be the end


  • zia ur rehman
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:31AM

    No alliance with u… It will damage PTI’s reputation…. U can try PPP. ..:D


  • smssr84
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Imran kHan will tell them to declare their assets which they wont… so then they have to dissolve punjab assembly… which will result in elections in march! … :D


  • Falcon
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:57AM

    lolz…I find Mr. Mushahidullah’s comparison between stock brokers and politicians hilarious…let’s agree that stock brokers tend to make their decisions more intelligently!


  • zia ur rehman
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:03PM

    agreed… It will be suicidal for PTI to join any corrupt party of this rotten status quo..


  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This shall Imran Khan’s biggest ever committed mistake if he joined PML-N because PML-N has joined PPPP and then left and this is the most dangerous hypocritical move played by PML-N’s leader Nawaz Sharif and this collaboration between PTI and PML-N shall defame and make incredible and untrustworthy not only Imran Khan but PTI and its movement.Nawaz Sharif is the biggest hypocritical leaders and now he is trying to capture Imran Khan.So please Imran Khan if you want to be popular,honorable,respectable and graceful as you have been shown yourself now-a-days in the eyes of common man and youth then never join PML-N.


  • Hamid
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Alliance with the PML-N would be a disaster. Please Imran don’t do this. I wont vote if they make an Alliance with the PML-N


  • akhtar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:45PM

    there are hints in Imran khans postures that he can work with nawaz,after all how long can he wait to get into the power game

    Mannerless brute brothers should be booted out along with this unreliabl peolitician who could not even keep his family together
    how can he keep the country together


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:55PM

    There is a saying in Punjabi language “Bunder kitna hi budha kiyon na hojae muger Qalabazi Khana NaheeN Bhoolta”. Now this is the case with PML-N and Double Shahs of Politics. I hope Mr. Imran Khan will not fall in their trap. He should move forward with his campaign and with the passage of time many good politicians from already established parties will join him. Many silent supporters are also waiting for him in other provinces.


  • Parvez
    Nov 6, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Politics is about compromise and negotiations. If Imran’s PTI talks with PML-N it will do so, at this stage, from a position of strength and that is no mean position to be in.


  • Yasir Mehmood
    Nov 6, 2011 - 1:40PM

    That is not possible Mian sahab. If this happens that means Imran deviates from his given task of breaking your votes.


  • PM Punjabi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @zia ur rehman
    Main Azhar… is not rotten?


  • Farrah
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:43PM

    PTI will never do this… IK has explained it in his latest interview (Nov 5) on Dunya TV…


  • bhai
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:08PM

    @Akbar: you’re a blind man!!


  • afsos
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:08PM

    Imrans career as a politician will end as soon as he gets into alliance with PML-N….silent majority the 80 % who do not turn up for votes, will remain inside homes if such alliance takes place….


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Blind as a bat?, if I may add.


  • starboy
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:26PM

    I guarantee u guys that PTI will never make an alliance with PML(n). Cos PML(n) would never be able to declare its assets abroad.


  • Adnan Ilyas
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Sure Mr Akbar we people are sold out to PML-N and PPP and are in their pockets and surely we insane, uneducated, misguided and helpless population will once again select PML-N and PPP to rule us! please yaar Wake Up!!!!! I can’t wait to vote in this coming election for PTI and IK and kick out PML-N from Punjab and then I would love to see your face and faces of all PML-N worshipersRecommend

  • naveed
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:06PM

    Nawaz Sharif is trying to use old tactics like what he did in the past for Independent of courts ,PTI dont make any kind of allaince with PMLN not only in the election also in any kind of the protest againist govt , they are trying to Hijack PTI , will go for any kind of attempt (alliance , character assasination etc ) . Be carefull PTI and be away from PMLN


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 4:13PM

    I hope Imran Khan will not make any alliance with PML(N), that would indeed be suicidal for PTI & its supporter’s motivation to bring a change. In order to bring a change, we must get rid of old faces.
    Trust me, you will do excellent in coming elections without doing this absurd alliance with Nawaz Sharif. Don’t do this please !!!

    PTI Supporter/Voter
    Saadat SheikhRecommend

  • Tariq
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:34PM

    PMLN has been in power off and on since 1980s. Nawaz Sharif was CM Punjab from 1985-90 , I live in Punjab and don’t See any “Doodh and Shehad kee Nehren” in Punjab , Give it Up guys ..You had Enough of power… We had Enough of you..


  • Tariq
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:39PM

    True that PMLN might be sitting on an Iceberg but that Iceberg is melting everyday with PTI heat…


  • Mohammad Kabeer Mughal
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:51PM

    @PTI Supporter:
    But what will be happend that if in next election imran will make alliance with PPP. Imran khan can not win election seprately may be he could win in some parts of Punjab or NWFP but in whole country PPP will be strong if PTI will not make alliance with anyone.


  • Khalid Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:02PM

    PTI, Minar-e-Pakistan Jalsa has turned the tables. Politicians living in fools paradise has finally realized that People of Pakistan are not fools. People have rejected politics of Status quo and inshallah only truth will prevail. Imran Khan will never compromise with the corrupt politicians. He has full faith in poor people of Pakistan and Almighty Allah


  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:28PM

    I am prety sure Imran will not join the PML (N) group and he no need them now.


  • Bhatti
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Ab aya na oonth pahar k neechay… No need to ally with PML-N or else PTI will lose its growing support.


  • Tariq
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:54PM

    And those Who are underestimating the Power of Youth Sitting On Facebook and Twitter Haven’t Learnt any lesson from Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan Revolution….


  • KHAN
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:02PM

    absurd comment.. so u want Nawaz shareef to be PM again? or Shahbaz shareef? or rest of them? Recommend

  • Salman
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:54PM

    All i can repeat is “mian saab jaan deh sadi vari aan deh” ;)


  • blithe
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:14AM

    PTI will not win a single seat from Lahore , leave alone the rest of Pakistan.

    if the bigger evil is PPP , he will need to get practicle and make an alliance with PML N


  • RK
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:50AM

    Imran will not join hands with pml n his masters i.e Army/ISI have given him the task of damaging pmln votes but i am sure he will join ppp+pmlq+mqm+anp later


  • Lodhi
    Nov 9, 2011 - 1:39AM

    I am PPP supporter but I will not vote PPP in this election due to their poor performance.I think nawaz sharif should get retirement from politics. Imran Khan will be the winner in next Election.


  • Nov 10, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Next election in Pakistan is all about truth based agenda,where we should come out of hanky panky(living on corruption) and borrowing money from world bank,.IMF,from USA on the name of Afghan war and other means.our borrowing now is above $67 billion.In ppp’s 3and half years rule this amount increased sharply.This trend is very worrying.we need election criteria for candidates ,where we should bar those candidates,those that have a bad reputation ie they owe borrowed money to banks or Govt institutions and had criminal record through courts.Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:26AM

    If PML N makes alliance with PTI it will damage both parties,


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