LAHORE – JAWAD R AWAN - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) keeping in view its weak political base, can strike seat adjustment in Sindh and Balochistan mainly with the nationalist parties, TheNation has learnt. The sources said the party high command had directed the political strategy committee to focus on Sindh and Balochistan for seat adjustment mainly with nationalist and other likeminded parties, besides politically influential groups and individuals. “The Sindh province is considered to be the strong seat of the PPP and the MQM, besides the share of the PML-F, while a small chunk of people’s support belongs to the nationalist parties,’ the sources said. In Balochistan, JUI-F and other religious forces and right-wingers believed to be the dominated forces of the Pakhtunkhawa area with the exception of leftist leaning party, Pukhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP). While influential nawabs and sardars rule the Baloch area under nationalist party banners and independents with exception of some nationalist parties under the leadership of moderate-educated middle class Baloch leaders. When asked what choices the PTI has its disposal regarding nationalists support, they claimed that there were strong possibilities of striking political arrangement with Nationalist Party and Balochistan Nationalist Party-Mengal, besides some right-wing forces in Pukhtun area excluding the JUI-F. On Sindh front, they maintained that nationalist parties, which were in contact with the PML-N also making back channel parleys with the PTI leadership, besides politically influential groups. Informing about the possibilities of similar political arrangement in Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhawa, they said party candidates would be allowed to make arrangements keeping in view their local necessities, however the PTI candidates would mostly contest polls without the assistance of other political hands. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI vice chairman when contacted, said: “By and large, the PTI will not strike seat adjustments, however it can go for the seat adjustments with likeminded political forces in Sindh and Balochistan”. He claimed that chances of seat adjustment in Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhawa were minimum, however; the local leaderships could be allowed to strike an arrangement with influential groups in the constituencies where the party has average electoral candidates. About the chances of an electoral alliance, Qureshi said: “I cannot rule out the possibilities of such a coalition, however; the announcement of election schedule will clear the sky on our side in this regard”. Qureshi observed that current political alignments would change at the announcement of the general elections and many friends would become political foes.  Ahsan Rasheed said: “Seat adjustment is possible in all the four provinces with likeminded political forces, however; chances of forming an electoral alliance are less likely”. “In Sindh and Balochistan, the PTI can strike seat adjustment with nationalist parties and other likeminded parties, while in Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhawa, the PTI can make political arrangement with JI and other parties close to their programme of change,” he added.