PML-N makes deep inroads in Sindh
The PML-N on Thursday entered into an election alliance with Sindh United Party and earlier Sindh National Front also joined hands with the major opposition party meaning that the party has made deep inroads in Sindh. In this perspective Nawaz Sharif was certainly within his right to claim that the PPP has lost the Sindh Card. As general elections are not far away, it is time that all political forces should work to steer the country out of the crises it was facing and in the intervening time decide about their future course of action. One expects that the PML-N would reach out to nationalist parties in Balochistan and smaller parties in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to persuade them to enter into some arrangements for contesting the next elections. The small parties in the three provinces cannot win a seat on their own but if they joined major parties, they would reach the elected houses and thus join the national mainstream, which would be good for the federation. On the other hand, the major parties would also gain because in Pakistan, a candidate wins the National or Provincial Assembly seat with a little margin and these small parties have some following in their areas that would make the difference. Otherwise too in the sub continent, smaller regional parties enjoy lot of influence among the local people and we are witnessing a trend in India and Pakistan that governments are formed with the cooperation of small parties because the major parties are not getting absolute majority in the National and Provincial Assemblies. So the alliance of provincial parties with the major parties is a good omen for the Federation and we would urge the PPP and the PML-N to encourage other small parties to join their ranks, as that would promote national integration and harmony.