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PML factions hold talks for joint candidate

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LAHORE: Muslim League (Nawaz) has formally contacted with Muslim League (Q) for alliance and to field joint candidate in the presidential election. Senator Ishaq Dar and former Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Ghous Ali Shah held meeting with President PML (Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the party Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed and exchanged views over the political situation and the presidential elections.

According to the sources, the PML-N leaders discussed with the PML-Q leader for withdrawal of Mushahid Hussain from the presidential election and unification of the two factions of the Muslim League. The PML-Q leaders in response demanded withdrawal of the PML-N candidate Justice (Retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. PML-Q leaders proposed an alliance if the matters settle between the two parties, so the PML-Q could maintain its identity. The meeting could not reach to a result as the both sides were insisting over their demands; however they agreed to remain in touch in future.

While PML-Q President in NWFP, Amir Muqam said on Wednesday that contacts are being made between PML-N and PML-Q; however, no decision has been taken to withdraw the PML-Q presidential candidate. Talking to private TV channel in Peshawar, he said PML-Q’s presidential candidate, Syed Mushahid Hussain would secure more than expected votes from NWFP Assembly. He confirmed two parties were in contacts but added chances of Mushahid Hussain quitting from presidential race remained slim.-SANA

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