*KARACHI - The Pir Pagara-led Grand Democratic Alliance and Muttahida Qaumi Movement have decided to form electoral alliance in an attempt to give a tough time to rival Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh.*
The development came after a meeting between GDA and MQM leaders in Karachi. The meeting was attended by GDA’s Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi, Sardar Rahim and MQM’s Amir Khan, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Faisal Sabzwari.
The two sides are developing consensus on the seat adjustment formula, a dramatic twist in the political scenario before July 25 general elections.
Talks are underway for a finalise the alliance on different National Assembly and Sindh Assembly seats in Karachi, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Tando Allahyar, Mirpurkhas and other cities where PPP candidates have strong positions.
The anti-PPP coalition comprises Pir Pagara’s Pakistan Muslim League – Functional, Ayaz Latif Palijo’s Qaumi Awami Tehreek, National Peoples Party, Sindh National Front, Peoples Party (Workers).
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pak Sarzameen Party are also in talks with GDA to challenge PPP’s 10-year rule in the province.
Some other like-minded politicians including former National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, her spouse Zulfikar Mirza, former Sindh chief ministers Ghulam Arbab Rahim and Syed Ghaus Ali Shah are also part of GDA .