JADDAH - PML-N President Nawaz Sharif says at present his party is assessing its political strength and, therefore, sees no need for forming an alliance for elections.

Talking to reporters here before taking a flight for Lahore, he said it would be premature to talk about any alliance at this juncture.

According to him, alliances formed in the past for elections had failed to yield positive results.

Mr Sharif spent the last 10 days of Ramazan in Saudi Arabia and also celebrated Eid here.

Answering a question, he said, the PML-N was in contact with nationalist parties in Sindh with a view to bringing them into the mainstream. He said the inclination of the nationalist parties towards the PML-N showed the popularity of the latter.

In response to a question, he alleged, the government was responsible for the incessant drone attacks which, he alleged, were being carried out from Pakistan’s territory.

The former prime minister said his government had rid the country of dependence on IMF. But, he regretted, the present rulers had ‘imposed’ the IMF on the country once again.

Replying to a question, Mr Sharif said he hoped that the next general elections would be fair and transparent. He said the constitutional amendment made for the formation of a caretaker setup was ideal.

He said the Chief Election Commissioner appointed in consultation with the opposition enjoyed support of all parties.