ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN   - As all the major religio-politcial parties are set to restore Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) by the start of next month (December), the last ditch effort to convince Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) as a member of the group is likely in a couple of days at Mansoora.

“The party heads or stalwarts of religio-political parties will shortly visit Mansoora after the arrival of JUI-F Chief, Maulana Fazlur Rahman from Azerbaijan, to convince erstwhile partner to join them,” sources in JUI-F told TheNation. It is relevant to mention here that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had not joined hands with its other partners who had decided in principle to restore Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) last month (October).

Sources said that the religio-political groups except JUI-F were making all out efforts to include Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in their reshaped group but back-to-back statements of JUI-F chief had created visible distance and annoyance.

Interesting development is also on the cards as some members of Jammat-e-Islami (JI) are of the opinion to join MMA and then make adjustment with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) near the upcoming elections.

While another group of same party is showing tilt toward Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) and then shakes hand with main opposition party in National Assembly (NA) Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

Sources said that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) would take final decision after the meeting with other members of religio-political parties. The party will also chalk out its final strategy after a crucial meeting with other five members including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-Senior), Markazi Jamiat Ahle-e-Hadith and Islami Tehreek. “It is also likely to drop both the ideas make direct adjustment with main parties near forthcoming elections,” they added.

It may be mentioned here that the five members of former group include Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-Senior), Markazi Jamiat Ahle-e-Hadith and Islami Tehreek had decide in principle to reunite MMA previous month and final shape would be given in next month.

Unlike previous elections, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is all set to contest in upcoming elections with full zeal and zest as preparation in this regard is underway for last many months.

The MMA garnered the second-largest majority in the National Assembly (NA) Majlis-e-Shoora with 58 out of 342 seats, as well as a provincial majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a provincial minority in Sindh and Balochistan. But later, in 2005, due to difference the parties separated and could not reunite till now.