LAHORE – The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) decided in-principle not to make alliance with any political party for general upcoming election, party sources revealed on Wednesday.

The sources, however, said that party’s provincial chapters had been given power for seat adjustment at district and provincial levels according to the local conations. They said that the leadership of JI was in contact with different like-minded parties to discuss seat adjustment formula. They further said that the JI could make seat adjustment in Punjab with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Whereas, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the seat adjustment is likely to be made with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rehman. The sources, however, ruled out seat adjustment with the political parties part of the ruling coalition including PPP, ANP, PML-Q and MQM. They said the party had finalised the names of candidates to contest in various constituencies of national and provincial assemblies. They said that the names would be announced on appropriate time.

The JI along with Imran Khan’s PTI and Mehmood Khan Achakzia’s Pakhtun-Khwa Milli Awami Party and other national parties of Balochistan had boycotted the 2008 general elections.

In 2002 polls, the JI contested the elections from the platform of MMA. The MMA secured majority seats in the elections in KP and Balochistan and made governments in the two provinces.