PML-N sends in 'apolitical' Sharif scion to placate Jahangir Tareen.

LAHORE -- As the PPP steps up its efforts to woo a group of south Punjab politicians, led by Jahangir Khan Tareen, the PML-N on Tuesday sent its own emissary to meet Mr Tareen with assurances that their 'alliance with the Tareen group will remain intact'.

The visit of Suleman Shehbaz, his maiden political assignment, to the residence of the estranged PTI leader came after reports that the PML-N had refused to allot tickets to 'electables' ahead of the next general elections in light of their defeats at the hands of the PTI in the July by-polls.

After this snub, over three dozen politicians, associated with Mr Tareen, started weighing options to secure their political future. Two options were mulled over - formation of a new political party and going to the PPP which is overly active in south Punjab to bolster ranks.

PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has reportedly been in contact with the Tareen group members to woo them with the alleged help of the establishment. It may be mentioned here that these electables are expected to play a significant role in the formation of the next set-up.

Aun Chaudhry says Tareen group to retain election alliance with PML-N

'First political assignment'

However, despite these developments, the Tareen group is an ally of the PML-N in the Centre. But in a pre-emptive attempt to counter PPP overtures, Suleman Shehbaz got his first political assignment - to woo Mr Tareen.

'Mr Suleman Shehbaz relayed that PML-N wants the alliance between the two to continue and if there are any issues then these should be brought forth,' a PML-N insider told Dawn. He said Suleman Shehbaz also...

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