ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - The differences between religio-political parties in the country has finally pushed them to take almost final decision about reunion of erstwhile group sans one major pillar Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).
As Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is also dropping hint about restoration of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) without their participation in it, background interviews and discussions with the members of erstwhile MMA left this impression.
Though seat adjustment for upcoming elections is still bit early, this splinter group’s alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is most unlikely, said sources in religio-political parties.
The MMA fell apart ahead of the 2008 polls when Maulana Fazl’s JUI-F went against the majority decision of the alliance to boycott the elections under former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. The defunct Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) is still not restored due to alleged difference between of its two main parties Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).
“We are not demanding any special seats as a condition to restore MMA...The statement of JUI-F leaders is the testimony of their seriousness to restore defunct group without our participation,” said JI leader Liaqat Baloch talking to TheNation.
“Double standard is not acceptable as if any party is sitting in opposition in center then same should be in province,” he said talking about Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F). To a question about seat adjustment with Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PT), JI leader said that things are still not finalised but all options are open for upcoming elections.
Whereas, JUI-F claimed that they wanted restoration of the MMA with the participation of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). “JI is inclined to join hand with Imran Khan as they want revolution of Imran Khan in the country,” said senior JUI-F leader Ghafor Haideri talking to TheNation.
“Maulana is in Turkey and soon after his return final decision would be taken in this month. If JI is not coming with us we will restore MMA without them,” he maintained.
Haideri said that they have directed provinces to make alliance with different political parties as per the ground realities. “Position in different areas of country is different and we have asked our party members for lobbying in their area,” he said adding that previous religio-parties will be their priority.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Tehreek-e-Jafria will most likely to participate in the crucial meeting, he said, adding that the participation of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is not sure.
It is relevant to mention here that JUI-F is currently sitting on opposition benches in center and enjoying treasury benches in Balochistan, which is the one of the reason of annoyance by other religio-political party especially Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).