RE - Back channel efforts have been started to forge an electoral alliance among the PTI, PML-N and JI, The Nation has learnt.
Informed political sources confided to this scribe on Friday that PML-N top leadership keeping in the view the new political realities has given a nod to partys policy makers for making pro-active efforts to either form an electoral alliance with PTI alongwith right-wing party JI or an arrangement of seat adjustment to secure Punjab in the next elections, as all three considered to be the rightist forces and facing each other in the next polls would only split the right-wing vote. The sources maintained that PML-N high command has asked a senior leader of JI to convey their mind to PTI chief besides the offer that three of them could become a force to be reckoned with.
They further maintained that the JI senior leader has conveyed the offer of the PML-N to the top leadership of the PTI.
However, they stated that the PTI policy makers have told the JI messenger that the issue would be discussed in the Central Executive Committee for taking a decision regarding the offer. Sources told that PML-N leadership desired that right-wing forces should get united for saving the rightist vote from split and the PTI should acknowledge the fact that they could not take solo flight.
They stated that JI, which also possess ideologically motivated strong pockets of vote could further split the right-wing vote and an electoral arrangement among the three parties could be only way to block the win of the anti-right wing forces in the province. When contacted, Umer Sarfaraz Cheema, central spokesman of PTI said that the party leadership has already declared a formula, which stated that declaration of real assets by all the politicians should be a 'must to allow anybody for becoming aspirant of public office.
Replying to the specific query of forging alliance or seat adjustment with PML-N and JI, he said that there was no plan under consideration at this stage, however 'change of plan owing to future political realities could not be ruled out. However, inner circle members of Imran Khan told this reporter that they advised the PTI chief that seat adjustment with PML-N and JI would not be a bad idea to secure some seats even from the provincial capital, which was considered to be the stronghold of the PML-N. It may be noted here that both PTI and PML-N share a common bond by having several JI or Islami Jamiat Talba leaders among their ranks, which could become a strong source for bringing PTI, PML-N and JI closer to each other in the next elections.
Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Ijaz Chaudhry formerly part of JI are now leaders of PTI, while Mian Azhar was formerly part of the PML-N.
Similarly, senior PML-N leaders, Javed Hashmi, Ahsan Iqbal, Hanif Abbasi and many others formerly belong to JI or Islami Jamiat Talba.