LAHORE - The anti-government alliance launched by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) can be joined by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) at an appropriate time, while that time can be after the formal launch of the anti-government drive by Chaudhrys of Gujrat and Dr Qadri next month.

Political lobbyists working for PML-Q and PAT to form a grand opposition alliance told this correspondent on Sunday that the coalition formed at London on Saturday (May 31) is expected to be joined by the MQM at a right time while that time is likely to be decided after the on-ground launch of the anti-government campaign by PML-Q and PAT next month, which would be joined by Dr Tahirul Qadri himself.

They informed that they had made informal contacts with the MQM leadership, while formal direct contacts with the MQM are likely to be made by the PML-Q and PAT leaderships after the launch of anti-government drive.

When asked whether the shaping up anti-government coalition could become a formidable force like 1977’s nine-star PNA, they claimed that anti-government alliance expected to take the shape of a larger opposition amalgam by August.

On the question which party could lead the shaping alliance, they maintained that PTI could be that party leading the wagon of the anti-government coalition.

When asked that PTI had distanced itself from the anti-government bid made by PML-Q and PTI at London, they said that changes were taking place behind the scene, while the new changes would compel the PTI to take the lead role being the leading party of the country after the ruling PML-N.

They claimed that the shaping up alliance would gather under its umbrella many political heavyweights who were being sidelined by the ruling party.

A senior MQM leader, when contacted, requesting anonymity at this stage said they could opt for joining the anti-government alliance, as 10-point agenda of the PML-Q and PAT was similar to the vision of the MQM on which it had already been struggling under the leadership of Altaf Hussain.

He said MQM had never been accepted by the forces of status quo as a political force. He said MQM would play its part to reform the system in an effort to purge it of status quo forces but it would restrict itself to end the status quo forces and would not involve in any ‘adventurism’.

When asked about informal contacts by some political lobbyists of PML-Q and PAT, he, while confirming the contacts, said he could not call the ‘contacts as informal or formal but contacts had been initiated’.

Veteran political figures were of the opinion that they were foreseeing the launch of more than one anti-government alliance of which one had been launched at London, while other was expected under the command of PTI and the third was likely by the religious political parties. They added that the religious parties’ anti-government alliance could consist of the parties opposing a possible operation in Fata region.