LAHORE – Talks between PPP co-chairperson President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-Q high command on Tuesday remained inconclusive over the crucial issue of seat adjustment, TheNation has learnt.
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar, PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo and Nazar Muhammad Gondal were also present.
PML-Q insiders maintained that though President Asif Ali Zardari expressed his willingness to resolve the disputed matters with the PML-Q over seat adjustment, the Chaudhrys, referring to the statement by Manzoor Wattoo about Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar’s candidature from NA-105 Gujrat, questioned the sincerity of the PPP.
According to sources, the Chaudhrys refused to retreat from their claim over constituencies of Gujrat, including those that were won by the PPP candidates.
A senior PPP leader defied the PML-Q claims on some of the constituencies, including those of Gujrat.
However, the PPP co-chairperson, known for his delaying tactics, assured the visiting delegation of resolving all the issues amicably and stopping Wattoo from intervention.
A PPP leader said that the PML-Q is desiring too much, overlooking the fact that it is losing ground in Punjab and at least eight of its parliamentarians are seeking the PPP nomination to contest next polls. He added that the PPP would nominate the PML-Q members, if the two parties do not contest next polls under an electoral alliance.
The PPP leader maintained that many of the party leaders were suspecting that the PML-N might offer the PML-Q to join hands with it at the eleventh hour.
He went on to add that alliance with PML-Q was always uneasy, as party leadership never trusted Muslim Leaguers.
A PML-Q leader and federal minister said: “I don’t see that the PML-Q and PPP will enter into an electoral alliance for the next polls, however both the parties can become partners once again after next polls. “The PPP leadership is playing ‘music chair’ with the PML-Q and I fail to understand why our leadership is falling into the trap.”
The PML-Q leader said that carrying on with the PPP and focusing on only few constituencies for seat adjustment would eliminate whatever remains of the PML-Q before the next elections.