ISLAMABAD – After failing to lure any influential political figure from Punjab into the party, the PPP may get some breath as former parliamentary leader of PML-Q Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat is likely to join erstwhile party along a number of former PML-Q lawmakers.

When most of the bigwigs of the PML-Q have either joined or about to join the PML-N, PML-Q leader Faisal Saleh Hayat is likely to rejoin his old party.

"The PPP has made a commitment with Faisal that he will be nominated for the slot of the premiership, if the PPP forms the next government. If the PPP sits on the opposition benches, he will be the leader of the opposition," said a source. 

The source said that discussions were underway between two sides and most likely Faisal would rejoin the PPP. "If Faisal rejoins the PPP, he would bring along a number of other PML-Q leaders and winning candidates like Talib Nakai who is a close friend of him," the source added.

Faisal Saleh Hayat, elected as the member of National Assembly several times, is all likely to rejoin the PPP after accepting the PPP's offer. "Initially the PPP was reluctant to lure the PML-Q men just to keep the electoral alliance intact ... Now the PPP leadership has realised that the Chaudhrys are unable to control their men from joining the PML-N, therefore it has lifted self-imposed ban, a source in the PPP said.

"Faisal Saleh Hayat will join PPP with some other heavy weights shortly, as things have almost been decided on his joining," he said.

Faisal Saleh Hayat quit as the minister for housing and works in the cabinet of former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, as he had moved a petition against controversial Rental Power Projects (RPPs) in the Supreme Court.

Though following party's line, being the parliamentary leader of the PML-Q, he voted for Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the election for premiership, he made it clear to the media that he was stuck to his stance and would not take oath as minister. 

Some four months back the PML-N because of its weak position in Jhang district tried to woo the Makhdoom but the talks remained fruitless. A source in the PML-N told The Nation that the talks remained unsuccessful due to Chaudhry Nisar.

Hayat served as a member of Central Executive Committee of the PPP and as minister for commerce and development from 1988-1990.

He abstains from giving any statement on the matter.