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Pakistan

Zardari active for multi-party alliance ahead of Senate polls

KARACHI: Co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former president  Asif Zardari has stepped up his efforts for a multi-party alliance ahead of Senate elections.

According to reports, the PPP leader has so far contacted JUI-F Amir Maulana Fazlur Rahman, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and PPP-Sherpao leader Aftab Ahmed Sherpao.
Sources say the political forces have agreed on a joint strategy to forge an alliance in Senate ahead of elections of the Parliament’s upper house.

The three party heads, source said, have discussed possibilities of cooperation in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. Zardari has also offered olive branch to Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).
In a telephonic conversation overnight, Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain again agreed to mend fences and work with each other.
The two party chiefs discussed several national issues including Senate elections, according to Muttahida’s statement issued from Nine Zero—the MQM’s headquarters.