KARACHI - In a major political development, the PML-N has successfully negotiated the terms and conditions to make alliance with the Sindh United Party (SUP) to counter the ruling PPP in Sindh.

PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and SUP Chief Jalal Shah will formally announce the declaration of alliance on Thursday. PML-N Secretary General Senator Zafar Iqbal Jhaghra and SUP President Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah while addressing a joint press conference here at Haider Manzil said that the alliance would be continued beyond the next general elections.

Alongwith other party leaders including Marvi Memon, Mamnoon Hussain, Salim Zia and Ismail Rahu, PML-N Senator Jhaghra arrived from Islamabad and held a meeting to finalise the negotiations with Jalal Shah at his residence for elections alliance.  After their meeting, they briefed the media that two parties had finalised the agreement to go into alliance which would continue beyond the elections.

Jhaghra said that two parties reached understanding to go into an alliance, which would be formally announced on Thursday. The PML-N leader declared that the SUP initiated the step to make alliance, which was welcomed by the PML-N.

The negotiations are in process with the other political parties in the province, he said, hoping that a majority of the political forces stand together on common agenda, the PML-N leader said. The country plunged into crises, so the situation invited the political forces to join hands on common agenda to get rid of problems, he said, adding that PML-N wanted to take all the parties along with it.

When asked about the alliance will be only for next elections, the PML-N secretary general said that the alliance between two parties is aimed to face the challenges jointly. 

He said that recent incident of terror attack on the cops of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa in Lahore and other such incidents were international conspiracy to bring the instability in the country. When asked about the highest numbers of reported crime in the Punjab, the PML-N leader claimed that good governance prevails in the Punjab government due to efforts of Shahbaz Sharif.

The Sindh nationalist leader said that his party’s alliance with the PML-N would not affect the politics of the province as the Sindh Progressive Nationalists’ Alliance (SPNA) comprising nationalist parties would remain intact. Without sharing the common agenda of the alliance between two parties, the PML-N and SUP leaders told the media that their coalition would be in best interest of the province of Sindh and Pakistan.

“You will see surprise Thursday when the two parties will sign agreement of alliance,” they added. On this occasion, Marvi Memon of PML-N said that her party would not compromise on the rights of Sindh.