LAHORE New alignments appeared taking shape in line with the likely new situation emerging on the political horizon after two senior PML-Q Senators held a two-hour meeting with the PML-N leaders at Raiwind residence of the Sharifs on Sunday, with the approval and knowledge of the heads of the two parties. The development took place on a day when Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani addressed the nation while flanked by ANPs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti, and the conspicuous absence of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and the estranged MQM. Former premier Nawaz Sharifs frontal attack on President Asif Ali Zardari at a news conference in London earlier in the day also showed the uneasy relationship between the PML-N and the PPP, which are coalition partners in Punjab but rivals at the Centre. PML-Q Senator Tariq Azeem, who visited Raiwind along with Senator SM Zafar, told TheNation that unification talks constituted an important part of the agenda as the two sides were fully aware that an in-house change at the Centre was possible any time because of the defiant attitude of the PPP leadership towards the Supreme Court. He said once the two factions joined hands, they would be in a position to form a government at the Centre in case the PPP govt fell on account of any known or unknown reason. PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid told TheNation that the PML-Q did not appear to be serious in the unification process. He said it was for this reason that they had not held any party meeting on the issue. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Senator Ishaq Dar and Khwaja Muhammad Asif represented the PML-N. Senator Tariq Azeem said the meeting was very positive and would be followed by another session, after the return home of Mian Nawaz Sharif. He said both sides understood the need and importance of unification. He said the PPP government had totally failed to deliver and was expected to fall on one ground or the other. And in case the PML factions got united, an in-house alternative would be available, he said. Asked if the two sides were prepared to shoulder the future responsibilities jointly, the PML-Q parliamentarian said it was not a rocket science beyond the comprehension of anyone, adding that both sides were fully aware of the implications The PML-N and the PML-Q have about 95 and 55 seats respectively in the National Assembly; thus, their collective strength stands at 150 while the PPP has 130 members in the assembly. In case the MQM (25 seats) and the JUI-F change loyalties, the PPPs fate will be sealed. Tariq said overall the meeting was very positive, as the PML-N had set no conditions for unification. Answering a question, he said the PML-Q leadership knew that the unification of other factions without the PML-N would be a futile exercise. He said his party would try to address all reservations of the PML-N. But Pervaiz Rashid said it was strange that those talking about unification were still a part of the PPP-led coalition at the Centre and in Sindh, an obvious reference to the PML-F. Asked whether the PML-N was favoured in principle the fusion of League factions, he said political parties should not split or unite on others instructions. He said the PML-N would first ask the Q leaders why they had divided the party (when the Sharifs were out of the country), and once the answer to the question was available, they would be asked to explain what motivated them to talk about unity.