LAHORE - The PML-N and the Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP-Noorani) have constituted a six-member committee to discuss and reach an electoral alliance/seats adjustment in addition to launching a combined struggle against PPP-led government as well as for peace efforts in Karachi.
A three-member delegation led by Jamiat Ulema Pakistan-PML-N Senior Vice-President Shah Muhammad Awais Noorani called on PML-N President Nawaz Sharif at Raiwind on Monday. Awais, Pir Ijaz Hashmi and Qari Zawar Bahadur represented the Jamiat Ulema Pakistan while MNA Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan and Asif Kirmani represented the PML-N in the meeting which shared views on the present political situation, with particular reference to peace in Karachi and Balochistan and the matters relating to the upcoming elections. Both the sides decided to set up a joint committee comprising three members from each side, to consult and discuss the matters of bringing both the parties closer on the shared issues as well as to reach an understanding on an electoral alliance. Former chief minister Mamnoon Hussain, Khwaja Saad Rafiq and Mushahid Ullah Khan will be members of the PML-N while Awais Noorani, Pir Ijaz Hashmi and Qari Zawar Bahadur will present the Jamiat Ulema Pakistan-PML-N in the committee.
The Jamiat Ulema Pakistan, a right wing religio-political party originally headed by Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani, played a big role in 70s and early 80s on the national the political horizon of the country in general and in Karachi particular, is though overshadowed by the MQM and the Sunni Tehrik yet its significance for PML-N is not meager in its struggle for expanding the clout in other provinces in the current scenario. The JUP which claims offers for alliance from the Jamiat Ulema Islam, PTI, PML-Q and Pakistan Sunni Tehrik however depends on its central working committee and shoora, for final decisions.
The JUP is dead against the current policies of the PPP-led government and restoration of the Nato supply. The sources said that during the meeting, both the sides expressed serious concerns over the Karachi situation. They further added that both the parties agreed that during the last four years rule, the federal government failed to mitigate economic sufferings of the masses.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik and DCO Noorul Amin Mengal Monday visited Shahra-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat and Allama Iqbal Road, both the officers have taken strict notice of the slow construction work at Allama Iqbal Road, they expressed their displeasure at the concerned officers and directed them to expedite the construction work.
The Commissioner and DCO directed NLC officers and EDO (Works & Services) to use all available resources for completion of Allama Iqbal Road as early as possible as this project should be completed before the start of the monsoon season. They said that the road is under construction for a long period of time and commuters are facing problems.
Earlier, they also visited Shahra-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat and inspected the construction work. They inspected the carpeting of the road and directed the concerned officers to complete work as soon as possible. They expressed their satisfaction over the quality of construction material. CDGL officers were also with them on these visits.