LAHORE – According to sources in the Likeminded Group, the chairman steering committee, Saleem Saifullah Khan has already made his choice by sending his nephew and son-in-law, Usman Saifullah to Senate on PPP ticket from the federal capital and the upcoming talks with the PML-N leadership would not affect them much.
The remaining members of the PML-Q, LM are expected to make choices of their individual political interest, instead of opting for an electoral alliance with a meaningful political force as a single entity if the upcoming talks with PML-N do not prove fruitful, The Nation learnt on Wednesday.
Sources maintained that PML-N leadership was too choosy about forging alliances even with their former party men, which was compelling the remaining group members to make choices suiting their own political interest keeping in view local electoral dynamics of the areas and constituencies.
Talking about secretary general of the LMG Humayun Akhtar Khan, they maintained that he would continue efforts for getting party ticket from the PML-N for himself and his brother, Haroon Akhtar. Both the Akhtars were earlier refused tickets from PML-N for the next general elections and Senate polls, however in the changing scenario, the PML-N might rethink its policy options regarding accommodating the former deserters.
The sources quoted Hamid Nasir Chattha as saying that he was  not consider the PML-N as a political option, as an electoral adjustment is expected to revive PML (Junejo) instead of joining hands with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and PPP or rejoining the PML-Q.
They added that Chattha who was not in the habit of working under anybody’s command, demands an independent role for himself whether working with any faction of Muslim League or PPP.
He formed a coalition government with the PPP with less than two dozen members of PML-J in Punjab with Manzoor Wattoo as the chief minister of the largest province. They maintained that Chattha might have allied himself with the Pakistan People’s Party if Benazir Bhutto was alive; however he would not feel comfortable working with the current leadership.
They added that there was a small possibility of Chattha joining the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf provided he was given a steering role, which should be parallel to party chief, Imran Khan and above Javed Hashmi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, Mian Azhar and other political heavyweights in the party.
Assessing the political fate of Arbab Ghulam Rahim, president of the group, they again quoted some associates as saying that he was likely to rejoin the PML-Q, as the Pakistan People’s Party’s Sindh leadership and workers considered the former chief minister of Sindh as the second ‘Jam Sadiq’ for the PPP.