ISLAMABAD - After failing to woo JUI-F on proposed 22nd constitutional amendment to change the mode of Senate elections from secret ballot to show of hands, ruling PML-N also failed to convince ally Fazlur Rehman to enter into an electoral alliance with the aim to bring consensus candidates from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Kh Saad Rafique and Pervaiz Rashid met with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman at his residence on Saturday to convince him for entering into electoral alliance with other opposition parties in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), so that consensus candidates could be fielded by the stakeholders to check the expected horse-trading in the elections.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that Fazl once again expressed his annoyance over singling them out at the time of the passage of 21st Amendment saying that now his party would form alliance with like-minded parties in Senate elections.

JUI-F chief also held a meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday and discussed with him the possibility of alliance between the two parties for Senate polls in KP and Balochistan. Although PPP has no seat in Balochistan Assembly but Zardari could use his influence on PML-Q and BNP-Awami in facilitating JUI-F Secretary General Abdul Gahfoor Haideri, who is requiring at least two votes to secure a berth in Senate from there.

In case JUI-F joins hands with PPP and ANP in KP, they could win two seats easily and if Qaumi Watan Party would join this alliance, they could manage a total four seats as per their numerical strength in the 124-member provincial assembly. The QWP and PML-N have established initial contacts for jointly contesting elections from the province but QWP could switch to PPP, ANP and JUI-F trio for a better bargain.

Meanwhile talking to media after meeting with federal ministers Pervaiz Rashid and Kh Saad Rafique JUI-F chief once again made it clear that he has conveyed his reservations over the proposed 22nd amendment to PML-N leaders.

Putting the blame on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Fazl said that had the PTI members not boycotted the proceedings of Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms the issue of transparency in the Senate elections would have been resolved along with removal of other anomalies in the prevalent electoral system.

He further said that now PTI wanted to come back to parliament by using the excuse of voting for 22nd amendment, quickly adding that they would be treated as aliens even if they returned to the house because as per constitution they are no more members of the parliament.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said they would convey the concerns of Fazl to prime minister and hopefully the same would be addressed. He said that all the political forces wanted transparency in the Senate elections and on this point almost all the major political forces have consensus, however, the parties differ on how to go about it. He expressed the confidence that the issues involved would be addressed during a meeting in few days.