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2017-11-14 06:21:43

MMA revival: Is it an attempt to induct extremist religious parties into politics?

 

The country’s main political parties see different reasons behind the ongoing efforts to revive the defunct six-party religio-political alliance Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) suspecting the move as an establishment-backed drive to “mainstream” banned organisations.

 

 

On the other hand, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are on the same page on the issue as both believe that an indigenous effort was being made by the religious parties out of despair to revive the MMA in an effort to consolidate their vote bank before the next general elections.

 

 

 

 

Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq after a meeting of the of six religious parties in Lahore last week had announced that the constituent parties had agreed to revive the MMA.

 

He had made the announcement in the presence of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan chief Pir Ijaz Hashmi and leaders of three other parties.

 

 

 

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) was a coalition of Islamist parties, formed in 2001 to contest that year’s provincial and the following year’s general elections.

 

 

MMA captured the majority of seats from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP, now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) in the 2001 regional and 2002 general elections.

 

The coalition won 52 out of 99 seats in the provincial assembly and went on to form a government in the province. MMA also grabbed 29 National Assembly (NA) seats from the province, winning a total of 45 seats in the assembly from all over the country.

However, in 2007 MMA was dissolved to internal difference among the leaders of religious parties.

 

Once again the revival of MMA has given rise to many questions?  What is the purpose to revive MMA? Would all the religious leaders stand together again?

 

At current one of the reason behind MMA’s revival could be a legal way to add banned outfits into political arena. JuD’s Milli Muslim league is struggling for its consideration as a legal political party and similarly Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah is also looking towards ECP for its registration.

 

Now if both of these parties joint MMA, they will find a short and legal way to be registered as political party. Thus MMA’s revival might have some political reasons but it also has number of other vested interests as well.

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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