ISLAMABAD Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has decided to challenge political footing of its rival faction PML-Q in Punjab during the forthcoming local bodies polls expected to be held in early next year. Well-placed party sources informed TheNation on Sunday that plans were afoot to deal colossal political blow to PML-Q sponsored candidates in the upcoming LB polls. The sources further informed that PML-N Punjab leadership has directed party activists to make up their minds for elections if they are aspiring for party tickets. PML-N leadership, the source further informed, has decided to go for party-based LB polls and has already conveyed its decision to the main coalition partner PPP. Sources privy to these developments were of the view that both the major political players, the PPP and PML-N, may agree to evolve a joint strategy to contest the forthcoming LB polls. The term of the existing district and city government system being protected under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution would expire by 31 December 2009, leaving the provincial governments to decide future system of local bodies. Except Sindh, the other three provinces have rejected the existing LB system of district and city governments introduced by military dictator General Pervez Musharraf who had placed police under the control of district nazim. In Sindh, PPPs coalition partner MQM has been struggling to retain the exiting system in the province and had even developed serious differences with major coalition partner PPP. According to PPP sources, the party leadership had offered MQM even giving her privilege of adopting its own DCOs but the MQM was reluctant to budge from its position.