LAHORE - Six mainstream religious parties of Pakistan yesterday decided to revive Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, after a decade of its disbanding, in a meeting of the parties’ heads at Mansoora.

The MMA would contest next elections under the old symbol (book) and manifesto. The parties’ heads decided to contact other religious parties to convince them to join the alliance.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq, JUI-Noorani President Pir Ijaz Hashmi, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith head Professor Sajid Mir, JUI-S Secretary General Maulana Abdur Rauf Farooqi and Islami Tehreek Secretary General Allama Arif Wahidi attended the meeting which continued for two and a half hours at the JI head office.

Later, the leaders announced at a press conference that they have decided in principle to revive the MMA, but the official announcement in this regard will be made in December in Karachi.

The MMA was founded in 2002 and dissolved in 2007 over differences between Jamaat-e-Islami and JUI-F on the issue of contesting general elections 2008. The body contested general elections 2002 in the Pervez Musharraf tenure and formed government in KP and Balochistan. The parties in the MMA represent all the four schools of thought – Brelvi, Deobandi, Ahle Hadith and Shia.

“We have decided to revive the MMA but official announcement will be made in the mid of December at the residence of JUP Secretary General Shah Awais Noorani,” Maulana Fazl announced in the press conference.

The decision, he added, was taken in the light of recommendations of the six-member committee which had been tasked to formulate mechanism for the revival of the MMA.

The members of the committee, Liaquat Baloch, Ramzan Tauqeer, Shafiq Kasuri, Akram Durrani and Anas Noorani, will also prepare recommendations to expand the alliance.

JI Amir Sirajul Haq, on the occasion, said the MMA will work and support the supremacy of law and continuity of democratic system in Pakistan. “We demand holding of the elections on time. Continuity of democratic system is vital for the development of Pakistan,” he said. Siraj asserted solution to all the problems facing Pakistan lies in the supremacy of law.