PTI to be given due share in interim set-up
09 August, 2012
ISLAMABAD: People's Party and its allies have finally decided to give due place to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf in formulation of an expected interim government by officially recognizing it an influential emerging party in the political arena of the country.
The well-placed sources in the government corridors and political circles confirmed our sources that a backdoor negotiation with the PTI chief Imran Khan and his party's big guns has been ensued a few weeks ago and initially MQM was given a special mandate to chalk out a feasible plan of mutual cooperation with PTI that would be acceptable to all the stakeholders of the coalition government.
The PPP leadership is also willing to give a support to PTI if it floats any proposal for setting up a neutral setup of an interim government in Punjab and Khabir Pakhtoonkhawa provinces with an assurance that PML-N would not be allowed to bring interim setup according to its own choice in Punjab. The sources said this is an appropriate time to play political maneuvering in Punjab to retaliate tactically all PML-N' s anti- PPP moves and no doubt PTI is the only party in Punjab that has a potential to wipe out PML-N political legacy.
The sources further claimed that the PPP leadership is ready to facilitate PTI with available corruption record of the PML-N past governments especially those scams related to the present Punjab government run by Shahbaz Sharif, a severe critic of the federal PPP government. "In return the PPP and its allies want an assurance from Imran Khan of either becoming a part of expected coalition government in future if PTI succeeds to snatch maximum electoral seats from PML-N or in case if PTI prefers to sit in opposition benches then to play a soft opposition role," the sources maintained.
The sources further said the PPP policy makers are also working on an envisaged plan how to keep its strong political position after the general elections and working out with its two major allies MQM and ANP to give a reticent support to Imran Khan in Khabir Pakhtoonkhawa province as well as in Karachi if PTI and Jamat-e-Islami contest elections on joint platform while in Punjab to give maximum dent to PML-N by nominating a strong political candidates in PML-N strong constituencies so that vote bank would be divided to give space for PTI candidates to win the seats. The sources said in Punjab this settlement would be materialized with the help of PML-Q as it has visible influences in PTI.
The sources further revealed to this scribe that PPP government has concrete evidences that more than 50 strong PML-N sitting MNA and MPAs would join PTI as soon as interim government would be setup in the country while on the other hand it wants to secure its own party from any reasonable damage resulted in case of its party leaders' possible joining of PTI.
The sources said the PPP leadership deemed the PML-N played a negative role for creating present judicial crisis for the government and did not entertain PPP soft cooperation with PML-N especially in the Punjab government.
The recent meeting between PTI and MQM leaderships in Lahore is giving a powerful signal of red alert to PML-N as the body language of Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi was telling that PTI could sit in All Parties Conference proposed by MQM to chalk out a uniform approach on national issues.