ISLAMABAD - The coming together of the opposition political parties to form an 'alliance against the government sounds a far cry in the wake of deep rooted differences between the opposition forces. A dinner table cannot help the bitter memories of past go away just like that, is the unanimous view that political sources in PML-N, MQM and Jamaat-e-Islami share regarding the assembling of opposition parties at the residence of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday. Insiders do not read much into this recent move given that it requires a lot to melt the ice of hostility running between the opposition factions. It would be a bit too idealistic to assume that PML-N and MQM or PML-N-PML-Q or JI-MQM would get along on a united opposition platform, TheNation was told. The central leadership of PML-N has adopted highly cautious approach towards the issue. When contacted on Saturday, senior PML-N leader Siddiq-ul-Farooq refused to comment about the possibility of an alliance of opposition parties despite insistently asked. He said that Fridays dinner at JUI-F chiefs home was an event that was a step towards clearing 'hesitation. He quoted Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khans statement and said, Hesitation between political parties to join hands together is no more. However, regarding joining hands, he did not give any direct answer. I have told you more than enough and at this point I cant say anything else, he said. JUI-F spokesperson Maulana Amjad Khan said that the purpose of JUI-F-sponsored efforts was to unite the divided opposition. He also said that it was too early to say anything about the future of these efforts. Its just the beginning. Given that opposition political parties are divided, nothing can be said at this stage. He termed Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan as the captain of our team, saying the opposition forces needed to be united on national issues like governance crisis, economic decline, security situation and public plight.