The Express Tribune published an article, “New alliances: For the PML-N, it’s open season on negotiations”, on July 3, 2011, mentioning the recent talks between PML-N and PML-Like minded about their joint alliance against the PPP government of Pakistan.
As MQM (Muttahidda Qaumi Movement), recently stepped down from the current government, the factions of PML (Pakistan Muslim League): PML-N and PML-Like Minded are preparing promptly for a joint alliance against the government as an opposition.
Leaders of both political parties have agreed to finalize a communion by the beginning of September, possibly after Eid-ul-Fitr.
PML-Like minded is being led by Humayun Akhtar, and two other former federal ministers Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Salim Saifullah. This group has a powerful strength of five senators along with four more former PML senators in Senate. There are seven to 10 MNAs (Members of National Assembly) who fully support the group in the National Assembly.
“In the Senate, four senators who broke away recently from PML-Q have also joined hands with us and in the National Assembly there are three MNAs, who, although have not separated publicly, are supporting us,” said Haroon Akhtar.
“We’re closely cooperating with the PML-N in Senate and the recent elections of a leader of the opposition in Senate are a testimony to that,” Like-minded leader Salim Saifullah Khan told The Express Tribune from London.