ISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Tuesday said that religio-political parties would restore Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on October 18th, sans Jamaat-e-Islami.
Talking to the journalists, he said that five erstwhile partners of the group including JUI-F, JUI-S, JUP, Jamiat Ahle Hadis and Islami Tehreek would restore MMA on October 18th.
To a question, he said that JI was demanding much seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and the Chairmanship of MMA.
It is relevant to mention here that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Tehreek-e-Jafria are in contact with each other and have arranged many meetings over the issue. The major reasons behind non-reunification of MMA is largely considered reservations between the two major components Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), which have been at loggerheads since long time.
Jamaat-e-Islami has certain reservations on JUI-F as they argued that if JUI-F had decided to sit on Opposition benches in Centre, why the same decision was not practiced in Balochistan.
Considering it a one of major hurdles of split, JI had also quoted the example of PML-N for sitting on Opposition benches in the Centre, but they are in government in Punjab.
JI also has also some reservations from its former coalition partners for holding the Chairmanship of Kashmir Committee, as they consider this slot has been given with the consent of PPP-led government.
The JUI-F had opted to sit on Opposition benches because the former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani sacked Azam Swati from the slot of Federal Minister for Science and Technology on alleged Haj scam.