ISLAMABAD - Religious political parties are all set to revive Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) or come up with an alliance with a new nomenclature and broader spectrum to deal with the ever-changing challenges facing the people of Pakistan particularly due to ultra-liberal position adopted by the rulers.

Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed The Nation yesterday that in the meeting of religious parties held at the residence of Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) group chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman in Federal Capital Sunday last, it was principally agreed to revive MMA or come up with some new alliance of religious parties to tackle with the sensitive issues like the recently passed act to grant protection to women against domestic violence. Ulema saw some of the clauses of the act repugnant to the Islamic injunctions.

The sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting held at the residence of the JUI-F chief said that the revival of MMA was on the main agenda list but as couple of main leaders of the religious parties including Quaid-i-Millat-i-Jafaria Allama Syed Sajid Naqvi and Jamiat-i-Ahle Hadis Senator Allama Sajid Mir could not attend the meeting due to some other engagements, the announcement of MMA’s revival was deferred till March 15.

The sources in JUI-F informed that both Allama Sajid Naqvi and Allama Sajid Mir were among the strong proponents of revival of MMA and were taken onboard by JUI-F Chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Senator Sirajul Haq about the move, and both of them had strongly supported it.

But the announcement of the revival of MMA was deferred till March 15 when the religious parties’ leadership would announce the decision at Jamaat-i-Isami central headquarters Mansoora, Lahore. The sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed The Nation that the leadership of the main parties including JUI-F, JUP, JI and some other religious parties, which are part of Milli Yakjahti Council, including MYC head Moulana Abulkhair Mohammad Zubair were in constant touch with each other and were busy fine-tuning the format, scope and immediate targets of the alliance.

During the meeting at JUI-F chief’s residence last Sunday the participants stressed the need for resisting the moves of the government to alter some of the fundamentals of the religion in the name of liberalism, like the legislation by the Punjab Government which in the name of granting protection to women against domestic violence hit the fundamentals of Islam.

Similarly, some of the participants feared that after executing Mumtaz Qadari in a dubious way now the government would attempt to alter or weaken the blasphemy laws and stressed the need for forging unity among the religious parties to resist such nefarious designs of the rulers.

The sources further said that since the dismemberment of MMA JUI-F had made several attempts for its revival especially before the 2013 General Elections, but all such moves were mainly frustrated by Jamaat-i-Islami leadership but this time JI Amir Senator Sirajul Haq was among the frontrunners for its (MMA) revival and he had initiated the move to revive MMA on new lines or to come up with an alliance of religious parties with some other nomenclature in case the participants at Mansoora so proposed.

The sources in JUI-F said that the scope and mandate of MMA would be different from that was made in 2002 and now Milli Yakjahti Council members would also be invited to join the alliance to fight and safeguard Islam from the onslaught of the so-called liberals from the Muslim society.