LAHORE - Chaudhrys of Gujrat, Pir of Pagaro and General (retd) Musharraf are making efforts to form a grand opposition alliance on the lines of 1970s Pakistan National Alliance (PNA), and coalition among the Muslim Leagues excluding the PML-N is the first step in this direction, The Nation has learnt.

Insiders in the PML-Q, PML-F and APML informing this correspondent about the real target of the Leaguers on Thursday said, “Coalition among the Muslim Leagues minus PML-N is the first step to form a grand opposition alliance on the lines of PNA, created in 1970s.”

They informed that formal announcement about coalition of various Muslim League factions is most likely to be made before Ramzanul Mubarik. While some of the political players of grand opposition alliance outside the Muslim Leagues are also expected to participate in the Leaguers meeting in an effort to give the first signal for the formation of grand opposition coalition.

When asked about the prime objective of the expected grand opposition alliance, they informed, “We would press the government to do away with the crises facing the country on priority. We could take to the streets if the need arises and the alliance in discussion gains the strength to challenge the rulers on streets.”

They added that the grand alliance in the making would not be in hurry to make efforts for sending the PML-N and PPP regimes home, as it would not give a protest call until the expected opposition alliance would not acquire the strength to build pressure on the rulers for stepping down.

Sharing details, the insiders informed that In Punjab, Chaudharys of Gujrat would assure the assistance of estranged PML-N leaders, PML-Q electable who had either joined the PTI or the PML-N. Political bigwigs sitting on the fences who see no chance of getting some room in the PML-N and PTI, while the potential PPP leaders would also be part of this ‘support drive’ who foresee no political future of Bhutto’s party in Punjab.

In Sindh, nationalist parties, MQM individuals and groups opposing Altaf Hussain, PPP electable and influential raising voice against Zardari-led PPP. While angry Muslim Leaguers of Sindh including Ghaus Ali Shah, Elahi Bakhsh Soomro, Arbab Ghulam Rahim and others are already in contact.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, contacts would be made with Aftab Sherpao’s Qaumi Watan Party, Awami National Party, Saleem Saifullah, Ameer Muqam and other electable and politically influential who are out of practical politics at the moment.

In Balochistan, BNP (Awami), Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Yar Muhammad Rind, influential of Marri and Bugti tribes, besides other influential tribes, nationalist leaders would be contacted, besides members of former PML-Q governments of the province and centre.

The religious parties, which would be invited for the formation of grand alliance include, Jamaat-i-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Noorani), Sunni Tehreek, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Sunni Ittehad Council, while efforts would also be made to allure the JUI-F for this coalition.

No contact would be made with Dr Tahirul Qadri’s PAT because of its betrayal with the PML-Q and Sunni Ittehad Council and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen regarding the conclusion of the Inquilaab March.

Insiders informed that Sindh nationalist leader, Ayaz Palejo, Jalal Mehmood Shah grandson of late GM Syed and former PPP and MQM leader, Nabeel Gabol had held an informal meeting with the PML-Q senior leader, Aleem Adil Sheikh to ponder upon the efforts of the Leaguers efforts for a possible grand opposition alliance.

Aleem Adil Sheikh, when contacted said, “Formation of a grand opposition alliance is need of the hour, as the political parties claiming themselves to be the national parties had reduced to regional parties. As we can see PML-N is the party of Punjab, PTI is of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PPP talks about Sindh only, while Balochistan has split opinions. Pakistan needs a political alliance which strengthens the federation and gives representation to all its federating units. Under the current regimes Pakistan’s federation is under a serious threat.”

About the coalition among various Muslim League factions minus PML-N, he said, “A formal announcement about the said coalition most likely to be made before Ramzanul Mubarik.”