Lahore : JUI (f) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman and JI’s Liaqat Baloch were elected the President and the Secretary General (respectively) of the Muttahida Majlis e Amal, (MMA) at a meeting of the heads of the parties of the religious alliance, held in Karachi on Tuesday.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, flanked by other leaders of the parties, told the media after the meeting that the MMA would contest the general elections on one manifesto, one banner and one constitution. He said that the doors of electoral understanding and seat adjustment with other parties would also be kept open. MMA Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, announced the decisions of the alliance at a news conference.
The MMA chief said that the religious alliance would devote all its all energies to the enforcement of the Islamic system, the solution of the problems of the nation and safeguarding the rights of the minorities and the neglected communities in the country.
The parties in the MMA include the JUI(F), the JI, JUP, Islami Tehrik Pakistan and Markazi Jamiat e Ahle Hadith Pakistan.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman greeted the nation on MMA’s revival and said that the need for unity of the religious parties was being felt since long. He said the religious alliance would make its best efforts to come up to the expectations of the nation. He said that the Muslims all over the world were facing innumerable problems and the MMA would also voice their grievances.
He said that the decisions of the alliance would be taken by mutual consultation while the doors of electoral understanding with other religious and political parties would remain open and a consultative committee for the purpose had been constituted. A Manifesto Committee was set up under Prof. Sajid Mir.
Liaqat Baloch said that the first meeting of the MMA would be held at the Convention centre , Islamabad during the first week of April.
Asked about leaving the government, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that in the past, all MMA parties had adopted uniform policy not only on legislation but on different issues and had also turned against the government. He said it had been decided that the MMA parties in the government would soon leave the government. He further said that the MMA leaders believed in national unity and the unity of the Ummah.
Asked about the distribution of seats among the MMA parties for the national and the provincial assemblies’ seats, he said that the issue would be decided in line with the MMA constitution.
JI Ameer, Senator Sirajul Haq, said on the occasion that the MMA wanted a strong and prosperous Pakistan, and also to steer the shake the status quo. He said that the MMA wanted to open the doors of the premier institutions to the general public. He said that State of Madina was the model for the MMA and the Khilafat System was its goal.
Sirajul Haq said that the MMA leadership was aware of the difficulties on its way as conspiracies against the religious alliance would be made both from within the country and abroad because the forces presently controlling national politics would not like the religious alliance to come forth.
He appealed to the nation and all peace loving and democratic minded people to stand by the religious alliance in every field. He said that all conspiracies to divide the nation would be foiled.
Prof. Sajid Meer said that the MMA had resumed its journey from Karachi as was the case in the past also.
Pir Ejaz Hashmi said that the Nizam e Mustafa provided the solution of all the problems of the nation and added that the MMA would also promote the concept of the unity of the Ummah.
Allama Arif Husain said the religious alliance had been formed to end petty sectarian difference.
Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Maulana Amjad Khan, Maulana Awais Noorani, Hafiz Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer and Allama Shabbir Meshami were also present.