ISLAMABAD - Resolving the impasse between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) to jointly form next government in centre, the leaderships of both parties are likely to announce their alliance next week.

“The ongoing talks, which is going in the positive direction, between the two parties will be concluded this week,” sources in the JUI-F shared with The Nation.

PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on the conclusion of talks might announce JUI-F as their future allied partner in the National Assembly, they said. It is relevant to mention here that PML-N had formally invited JUI-F to jointly form the government in centre. JUI-F ostensibly to exploit the situation did not accept the offer abruptly and formed a committee headed by Abdul Ghafor Haideri to finalise terms and conditions for support to future government.

Commenting on the progress of talks, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman has said that talks with PML-N are progressing in the positive direction.

He said, “We have good discussion on policy issues namely reforms in law, protection of human rights, including women rights, peace in country, economic reforms, implementation of Islamic ideological council agreed upon by all parties and war on terror.

Maulana further said that on most of policy issues both parties had evolved a consensus. Sources said that the religio-political party through its terms and conditions conveyed that it would not give nod on every issue to the ruling party.

They said that the JUI-F’s committee would urge the next ruling party for further continuation of its recently called APC’s proposal to initiate dialogue with the Taliban.

 This idea was also discussed with PML-N’s leader who formally invites JUI-F to join government in centre but he stated to be unprepared to deliberate on this matter. The top politicians of the country in the APC had extended full backing to efforts for staring dialogue with the Taliban on March 1.

 The political leaders of almost all parties except Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had participated in the APC.

The APC drew out a five-point joint declaration calling upon the Grand Jirga to start dialogue with Taliban, asking the government to provide necessary support and enabling environment to ensure peace ahead of general elections.

Sources said that the religious party is also interested in taking Ministry of Housing and Works and Chairmanship of Kashmir committee.  However, the JUI-F spokesman clearly denied the demand of ministries.

The PML-N, which emerged as the biggest party in May 11 elections, had formally invited the JUI-F to join hands with it in a meeting between JUI-F Chief Fazalur Rehman and PML-N central leader Shahbaz Sharif a couple of days before.