Altaf Hussain is done like a dinner. His MQM(s) are so chopped up that their many monikers represent an alphabet soup. Add to it a dash of favourable delimitation and renewed friendship with "the establishment", and it becomes clear why the PPP is so optimistic that it has the perfect recipe to emerge as Karachi's dominant party in polls 2018.

But does their optimism have actual legs? Can the PPP really snag 10 NA and 18-20 PA seats as one of their leaders recently claimed? Azfar-ul-Ashfaque answers these and more PPP-related questions in his analysis in today's Dawn.

Even PPP’s rival parties, particularly the MQM-Pakistan, acknowledge that the party has a realistic chance of improving its electoral results. — an excerpt from Ashfaque's write-up

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