LAHORE – Having brokered a seat adjustment deal with the Sunni Ittehad Council, an association of Sunni parties belonging to the Barelvi school of thought, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid will shift its focus on Central and South Punjab in the coming days in a bid to improve its tally for the next general elections, due in 2013. But it is unclear whether this agreement remains intact, as immediately after Sahibzada Fazal Karim struck the deal with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain-led PML-Q on Tuesday, his chairmanship was suspended by SIC member parties for acting in an arbitrary manner. Nevertheless, aides of the PML-Q leadership said they would make efforts to convince these angry SIC members to reconsider their decision. They also said that those opposed the deal had no political significance. The PML-Q believes that the SIC has been well-entrenched in six divisions of the Punjab: Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore in Central Punjab, and DG Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur in South Punjab. Likewise, the party has in mind to cooperate with the SIC in the remaining Punjab when they sit together for devising a seat adjustment formula anytime before the polls. The aides said that seat adjustment with the SIC would be made across the country, and in regions, where both could benefit each other by the virtue of their political influence. “We will reach seat adjustment with the SIC across the country,” Kamil Ali Agha, spokesperson for the PML-Q, said, adding that some of the regions in the Punjab were definitely of significance. Since February this year, the PML-Q has been slogging hard to rope in politico-religious parties and reach an electoral agreement with them. In the first half of the year, the party’s top leadership met with leaders of the SIC, JUI-Fazl and Jamaat-e-Islami. Meanwhile, member parties of the SIC, in a meeting on Tuesday, nominated Pir Syed Mehfooz Shah Mashahdi as the acting chairman, suspending Sahibzada Fazal Karim. Earlier, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Pervez Elahi held a meeting with Fazal Karim at his residence to take decisions as regards seat-adjustment between the two sides for the next elections. The meeting also formed an eight-member committee from both sides to hold talks to evolve a certain seat-adjustment formula. Talking to the media after the meeting, Karim announced that the SIC would make seat adjustment with the PML-Q in the next general elections. He said the SIC would also welcome such offers from other political parties. PML-Q chief Shujaat Hussain, on this occasion, said his party, after entering into an electoral alliance with the SIC, would further its efforts for forging a grand alliance, as it was difficult for a single political force to resolve the issues facing the country. Deputy Prime Minister and senior PML-Q leader, Pervez Elahi, said that formation of this alliance was the result of “our one-year talks”. He added that the alliance would dedicate its efforts for restoring enforcement of Nizam-e-Mustafa besides working for progress and welfare of the masses and security of the country. He maintained that changing political sides was part of the game and those who left the PML-Q would not matter, as they had replacements at hand. Haji Hanif Tayyab, secretary general of the SIC, said that they joined hands with the PML-Q to restore Nizam-e-Mustafa.