KARACHI: Quelling rumors of the alliance between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) being on shaky ground because of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Friday stated that Nawaz Sharif and his party will “get surprises in Sindh”.
Addressing the media after a meeting between PML-Q leaders and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Pervaiz Elahi was answering a question posed by journalists regarding claims that PML-N was going to Sindh and had, to an extent, broken down the local leadership.
Elahi reiterated that both parties remained united in Sindh, adding that talks for seat readjustments were underway.
Qaim Ali Shah, answering queries on whether the alliance faced any danger in the form of PML-N or not, said, “We don’t overestimate ourselves, but we don’t underestimate ourselves either.”
He added that the politics of the party and the leadership were the reason why Nawaz Sharif went to places in Sindh where one “need not go”.
“He has approached non-entity people and those who criticised him a lot, the nationalists, asking them to join him,” he said, adding that these people had never even won a single seat.
“He is trying but, thanks to God, he still does not have a seat, even in the assembly, and none of our party members have joined him,” said the Sindh chief minister.
He said that Nawaz was approaching people “who had left his party earlier, who have cases registered against them and those who have always been disagreeing with us since the beginning like Mumtaz Bhutto”.
On PML-N making alliances with nationalists, Shah said that some of them totally disagree with the constitution, and these were the people Nawaz Sharif was recruiting.
Refusing to comment on PPP’s cases in the courts, Shah said that it was a matter of the federal government and since these matters were sub-judice, they should not be commented on but said that the Sindh government was supportive of the party.
Shah said that talks with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were underway and progress had been made on issues that were not being sorted out earlier. “We hope to reach an understanding soon,” he said.
Answering questions related to local body elections, Shah said that after general elections, which would take place in seven to eight months, the elected governments would hold local body elections as per the constitution.