ISLAMABAD  - PML (Likeminded) group formally admitted the failure of its talks on Monday, for an election alliance with a major opposition party, PML-N, with its leaders stating that all options were open for next election’s alliance.

Chairing a meeting of the party’s top decision-making body, also known as the ‘Steering Committee’, Salim Saifullah explained that there was a deadlock to their alliance with PML (N), which he said was far away as the general elections were distant. “It takes (a lot of) time while reaching such agreement. PML-

Likeminded and PML (N) election alliance matter is moving in a positive direction. But we are ready to have an alliance with another party in national interest,” he added, reflecting failure of its talks with PML-N. PML-Likeminded group has strength of around half a dozen members in the national assembly, including Humayon Saifullah Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Arbab Zakaullah, Kishan Chand Parwani and Ghulam

Haider Samejo. Calling for an alliance of all major factions of the Pakistan

Muslim League (PML), Saifullah said an alliance of all PML factions was the need of the hour to pull Pakistan out of the existing crisis. The meeting discussed the political situation in the country. Hamid Nasir Chattha, Humayon Akhtar Khan, Humayon Saifullah Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Arbab Zakaullah, Kishan Chand Parwani, Ghulam Haider Samejo, Maj. (r) Ghulam Abbas and other senior party leaders attended.

PML President Arbab Ghulam Rahim also participated from Dubai through video link. It was decided that PML (LM) would oppose the move in Parliament regarding reopening of NATO supply route to Afghanistan.