ISLAMABAD - Main opposition party PML-N has geared up its efforts to finalise its deal with nationalist and other regional parties in Sindh and Balochistan in order to make it a one-to-one contest with the ruling PPP in the next elections.

Well-placed party sources told TheNation that the PML-N has already completed its homework and is currently busy finalising election alliance with nationalist parties, including Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Jamhoori Wattan Party (JWP).

Sources said efforts were under way to include other nationalist and regional parties including Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party of Mehmood Khan Achakzai.

Also in Sindh, the PML-N is in talks with several nationalist and regional parties to field consensus candidates against the PPP and its allied parties, sources said.

Sources said a final decision about PML-N nominations in interior Sindh and major cities including Karachi and Hyderabad would be announced at an appropriate time.

Sources further said that since there is enough time to general elections, it would be premature to speculate about the outcome of PML-N efforts towards one-to-one contest with the PPP.

However, sources said the spade work required in this connection has been completed and only modalities regarding the candidates are to be finalised.

“Our efforts have upset the PPP-led ruling alliance,” a senior PML-N leader said, hoping that the PPP and its allied parties would find it very difficult to face the rival candidates to be supported by the PML-N. “You would see in the coming days that a grand election alliance in Karachi would be surprising for the PPP and the MQM.”

As regards party’s election strategy for Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sources said that PML-N leadership is waiting for government decision about military action in North Waziristan.

“This will be very important development for the party to decide its election strategy for these two provinces,” sources said, arguing that this operation would have far reaching political implications, therefore the PML-N has to wait and see.

Sources said the government’s decision to launch military action in North Waziristan would change the entire political scene in the country, particularly in KP, thus it was important to see what decision the government takes in this regard.

In Punjab alone, PML-N is optimistic of securing more seats in the general elections than the party had won in 2008 elections.