After all, the PML-N and the Like-minded Group, a breakaway faction of the PML-Q, signed an agreement when they met at Raiwind on Saturday to form a political alliance on the understanding of seat-to-seat adjustment in the next general elections. The PML-N agreed to allocate 30 general seats (11 per cent) in the National Assembly and provincial assemblies to the Like-minded Group. This breakthrough came when a 20-member delegation headed by Hamid Nasir Chattha including Hamayun Akhtar, Saleem Saifullah and Gauhar Ayub Khan met Nawaz Sharif. A consensus was reached that a united vote bank of the Muslim League was the only hope to deal with the crisis-ridden situation of today.

Three days earlier, the merger of the Sindh National Front into PML-N was seen by political observers as a landmark development in providing a foothold in Sindh to counter the PPP. One hope that the PML-N leadership would also ponder the future of Unification Bloc in the Punjab Assembly which has been waiting on the sidelines to either join the PML-N or have a similar agreement. Now that the Leaguers are getting together, it is time to expand the canvas and bring the PML-Q back in the fold.