LAHORE – PML-Q (Likeminded) leaders Humayun Akhtar Khan and Haroon Akhtar Khan have not been promised Senate and National Assembly tickets by the PML-N, while some leaders of the Likeminded are not happy over the contacts of their members with N-League’s top leadership without party’s consent, TheNation has learnt.

Sources in Likeminded privy to the developments regarding differences in the group on making independent contacts with the PML-N leadership by some of its members to keep them alive in the political game, told this correspondent on Saturday that both Humayun Akhtar Khan and Haroon Akhtar Khan had not been promised Senate and National Assembly tickets by the PML-N.  However, they added that some members of the group, especially chairman of the Likeminded Hamid Nasir Chattha and others were not only unhappy over the parleys of some of its members with the PML-N leadership but they were also not keen to advance relations with the ruling party of the province.

Sources quoting close aides of Hamid Nasir Chattha said it would be difficult to keep Likeminded intact if the members met with leadership of a political party suiting their individual political interests instead of the entire group.

They, while giving further details regarding the differences in the group, maintained Chattha and his close associates were of the view that PML-N should be the last option for the Likeminded and even in that case the group should make seat adjustment with the PML-N instead of merging into the ruling party of the province.

They added the chairman steering committee of the Likeminded Saleem Saifullah also supported the idea of seat adjustment with the PML-N. However, he could favour merger if the PML-N decided to give some meaningful positions to the members of the Likeminded.

Sources quoted group members as saying that they had also other options at their disposal if they were not entertained by the PML-N according to the wishes of the Likeminded.

Saifullah, when contacted, neither denying nor confirming the information of this scribe, said “Yes, Hamid Nasir Chattha is not keen on making a political arrangement with PML-N; however, he is less likely to oppose a joint move of the group regarding advancing relations with PML-N, which will help bring a good political package for the entire group”. 

Replying to a query regarding award of PML-N ticket to Haroon Akhtar for Senate and Humayun Akhtar for National Assembly, he said the PML-N hadn’t given a green signal to either of Akhtars as their candidate for Senate and National Assembly.

To another query, Saifullah said Likeminded could forge electoral alliance with different political forces keeping in view their local political necessities in all the provinces, adding that PML-N was not the only political option at hand in Punjab.