LAHORE - Although various political parties are making contacts with each other with a view to exploring the possibility of mutual cooperation to meet the requirements of the emerging political scenario, the PML-Q appears more active than all others. So far, the Q leaders have held talks with five different parties, but not much progress has been witnessed, broad smiles exchanged and promises made after each session notwithstanding. The tickling and twinkling made by the leadership to find some allies for political courtship have yielded no results. In fact, the outcome of the first meeting became irrelevant after the second, and what was said about the second meeting was nowhere to be seen after the third. This holds good to the partys fifth and, so far, the last interaction with the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chairman on Saturday. Interestingly, the PML-Q leaderships flirtation mission has been started without taking any steps to resolve intra-party differences, which have divided the party both at the central and provincial levels. In Punjab, more than three dozen MPAs have parted company with the party and are cooperating with the PML-N, defying all constitutional obligations. At the central level, many important leaders are not ready to shake hands with the Chaudhrys because they think Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is holding the office of the party chief in violation of the party constitution. The PML-Q had stirred up ripples in the political situation when its leadership called on Pir Pagara in Karachi a few months ago with the declared objective of uniting all factions of the fragmented party. A steering committee was constituted to establish contacts with other factions. However, it later transpired that the exercise was aimed more at spoiling the show of former president Pervez Musharraf than uniting the divided party. Important PML leaders who were planning to go to London to participate in the ceremony at which Gen Musharraf was launching his All Pakistan Muslim League changed their minds after the Pagara-Shujaat meeting. Thus, the APML remained a non-starter at the very outset. Immediately after the failure of the Musharraf show, the PML-Q leaders started expressing differences about the need for meeting with Pir Pagara. At a meeting of the central leaders, various leaders asked the PML-Q leadership as to when and at what level had the decision to meet Pagara for unity talks been taken. The intra-PML-Q controversy was still going on when a party delegation comprising two senior Senators SM Zafar and Tariq Azeem paid a visit to Raiwind and met with Mian Shahbaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders. The PML-Q leaders gave an impression after the meeting that unification of various PML factions had become easier because of the accommodative attitude of the PML-N leadership. Mian Nawaz Sharif was out of the country at the time, but it was argued that a meeting with the PML-Q delegation would not have been possible without his consent. However, a few days later, top PML-Q leaders came up with a statement that the two senators had met the PML-N leaders in their personal capacity. The statement made it clear that the parliamentarians had not been mandated by the party for the talks. It effectively scuttled the move to get closer to the PML-N. A few weeks ago, the political situation took a new turn when PPPs central leader Dr Babar Awan, who is also minister for law and parliamentary affairs, called on Punjab PML-Q President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. This was the time when the PPP wanted to send a message to the MQM and the PML-N to behave or the party could join hands with the PML-Q as coalition partner at the centre and in Punjab. The media continued to write about the power-sharing formula between the two parties, but then the PML-Q leadership started making statements against the PPP. Its not clear whether the possibility of the arch rivals forming a coalition is still there. Then when the JUI (F) quit the coalition at the centre on account of differences, the PML-Q chief rushed to meet Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The PML-Q leadership gave an impression that it was willing to support the JUI (F) to bring in a new setup in Balochistan that could replace the existing one, led by PPPs Nawab Raisani. While making this statement, the PML-Q leadership conveniently forgot that it was contradicting its own claims of forming a coalition with the PPP in Punjab. Obviously, the PPP would not like to join hands with the PML-Q to form a coalition with it at a time when it was sending signals to share the political bed with the JUI (F) to oust PPPs chief minister in Balochistan. The PML-Qs flirtation with the JUI (F) came to an end when Maulana Fazlur Rehman himself said that the idea to change the Balochistan chief minister had been floated by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, but not supported by the JUI-F. On Saturday, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain met with Imran Khan and discussed the possibility of cooperation between the two parties. Reports say that the two sides agreed to make seats adjustments in the local elections, which are nowhere on the political horizon for the time being. Will the PML-Q really honour its word, and will such cooperation benefit the two parties? The answer to this question will be available only when the PML-Q leadership holds its next meeting with a new leader. Superfluous to point out that there is no final word in politics.