LAHORE - The PPP leadership, through the prime minister as its messenger, sought support from the PML-Q high command in case the situation in Sindh and Balochistan required extraordinary measures, besides reassuring the PML-Q of its complete control to execute the latter’s game plan for conquering the Punjab, The Nation learnt.

Informed sources in the ruling coalition told this correspondent on Wednesday that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf held an extraordinary meeting with PML-Q Chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Deputy Prime Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi with a special message of his party’s top leadership to get their assurance of supporting the lead coalition party if it has to take extraordinary measures in Sindh and Balochistan in view of uncontrollable events in both the provinces.

They maintained the PPP leadership was feeling isolated after the growing pressure from the MQM for imposing emergency in Sindh and ANP’s demand for a military operation in Karachi to improve  the law and order situation.  The sources at the same time added that the PPP’s emissary assured the PML-Q top leadership of their complete say to launch its game plan to grab majority in the Punjab if the elections were held on-time.

In support of their information regarding the meeting between the leaders of the two parties, they maintained that Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain left for the federal capital right after the meeting for an expected meeting with President Zardari to assure him of his party’s support in this hour of dire need and to discuss the possibilities of imposing emergency in Sindh and to counter the opposition forces if the elections were delayed owing to the emergency.

The sources said that both the sides also discussed the seat-adjustment formula in the constituencies where both the coalition partners lacked potential candidates. The prime minister, being the PPP messenger, again reassured the Chaudhrys of Gujrat that PML-Q would lead them on this count and would be independent to plan an overall political strategy for the most important province.