ISLAMABAD - With the announcement of the election schedule, the big and small political parties on the national horizon are realigning their positions and accelerating their efforts to finalise alliances.

The developments of the past few days has turned the political arrangements on the national chessboard topsy-turvy with a number of parties sitting on the fence, taking a final decision of allying with the parties which they expect would best serve their interests.

Jamaat-i-Islami has rushed into seat adjustment with PTI in Punjab as well, perhaps, after seeing their impressive show in the lawns of Minar-e-Park, Lahore. JI had allied with PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was in a state of indecision regarding Punjab. But a very big show of Imran Khan compelled Munawar Hassan to ally with PTI.

Sources in PTI said another reason for the seat adjustment between the two parties was that Imran Khan had linked the seat adjustment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the two parties’ alliance in Punjab as well.

On the other hand, the PTI-JI seat adjustment in Punjab after their electoral alliance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made the choices limited for PML-N and would compel it to go for seat adjustments with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl which has already limited options.

It was due to the limited options available to JUI-F that Maulana Fazlur Rehman would move to negotiate with PML-N for seat adjustments. Due to the alliance of Jamaat-i-Islami with PTI, PML-N’s bargaining position with JUI-F and PML-Likeminded has become weak.

In another major development, the PML-N leadership has established contacts with Awami National Party through some well wishers, but it is too early to say something whether the two parties would come closer and enter into some sort of electoral alliance or this softness would be for post-election alliance.

Sources in ANP said PML-N could use it as a tactic to strike a better seat-adjustment deal with Maulana Fazlur Rehman who wants an alliance with PML-N for the obvious reasons.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid is really in trouble with all its efforts to fortify its weakening position. The announcement of the seat-adjustment agreement by Nawab of Bahawalpur Saluddin Abbasi with Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf in Bahawalpur division has rung alarm bells in the PML-Q ranks because the same fellow heading the Bahawalpur National Awami Party had entered into an electoral alliance with PML-Q on all seats in the division.

Though PML-Q central leader Kamil Ali Agha has downplayed this fresh announcement made at a joint press conference by Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and Imran Khan, but the fact is that the earlier alliance of Q-League with BNAP is no more.

Whether or not this new arrangement between PTI and BNAP would benefit either of the party, but for one thing the political observers are sure that it would definitely dent the Q-League and add to its troubles. Chaudhrys from Gujrat are already finding it difficult to keep their party leaders intact because the defection rate of Q-League is the highest and the speed with which the party stalwarts and activists are leaving them, they would be left high and dry in the elections.

Due to these setbacks on a number of fronts their bargaining position with Pakistan People’s Party is weakening with every passing day and it could be judged well from the fact that the party which had dictated its terms to the PPP in the past could not now compel Zardari to even withdraw its candidate against former deputy prime minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi in Gujrat, the hometown of Chaudhrys.