The meeting of former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi with PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif is an indication that the PML-N is trying to prevent him from joining the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, and to return to its fold, which he had left back in 1993 to join the PPP. Another sign of the PML-N seeking to woo those who had left it was the move to bring Ejazul Haq back to the party. This was alongside the move to bring Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood back. The Makhdoom is not only Punjab President of PML-Functional and related to its chief the Pir of Pagaro, but is also related by marriage to Jehangir Tareen, who heads a new group of South Punjab politicians and who thought of going into the PTI, but were not accepted by it. Though the PML-N did not pay attention to the need for the unification of the party when Pir Pagaro began his move, now it appears more accepting under the PTI threat, and willing to put aside matters of ego in the effort to bring all Leaguers, both past and present, onto one platform. The original attempt included the PML-Q. That faction has gone into the arms of the PPP, and both Pervez Musharraf and Sh. Rashid have formed their own PML factions, but the need of the hour is for the PML to reunite in the form which allowed the Quaid-i-Azam to lead it in the struggle for the creation of Pakistan. It should be noted that both the Makhdooms as well as the group around Jahangir Tareen, belong to South Punjab, an area which the PPP and the PML-Q have paid close attention to. Not only have both declared that it deserves separate provincial status, but the PPP has also made a separate provincial unit of the party. South Punjab is where the fate of the Punjab is decided, and thus that of the country, for the party winning in South Punjab usually forms the central government too. Therefore, the PML-N wants to win support in this area, and needs to win over strong elements here. That these elements were formerly in the PPP, or aspiring to join the PTI, is obviously an additional advantage. The PML factions are faced with a stark choice. Unity would mean that the party would be able to play its due role in national politics. Being split into warring factions would mean the splitting of the vote to the advantage of its opponents, and a national failure to develop the two-party system essential to the smooth operation of democracy. The PML-N leadership has a special obligation at this juncture to rise above ego and let bygones be bygones.