ISLAMABAD - Following the decision of religious parties alliance revival with the nomenclature of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) the steering committee has geared up efforts to give the alliance a final shape.
Sources in JUI-F informed on Sunday that the steering committee, which had already held a couple of meetings, before the final announcement of reviving MMA after the parties’ heads meeting held a few days back at Jamaat-i-Islami headquarters in Lahore, was tasked to work out modalities to put the alliance in place in a shortest possible time.
The sources said that though the announcement of MMA revival was an encouraging step but still they have to attend to other serious issues, some of them contentious and need threadbare deliberations.
Previously despite its unprecedented results in 2002 general elections the alliance had failed to remain intact in next general elections held in 2008 because the agreement of the alliance was ambiguous and some component parties came up with their own definition of certain points.
When contacted Jamaat-i-Islami central leader Liaquat Baloch, who is also member of the steering committee, informed that the committee would now be attending to technical issues of the alliance.
Elaborating his point, he said that they have to prepare the manifesto of the alliance, its registration and the positions the component parties would be given in the main structure of the alliance.
He did not give any timeline for completion of the spade work for making the alliance fully functional but hoped that they would be able to complete the task soon.
To a question about the seats allocation to the component parties, Liaquat Baloch said that the decision in this regard would be taken keeping in view the ground realities in some particular constituency and in this connection a separate Election Board with representation from all the component parties would be made before the next general elections.
The seven-member steering committee including Liaquat Baloch, Ramzan Tauqeer, Shafiq Kasuri, Akram Durrani and Anas Noorani would be preparing a report on inclusion of other religious parties in the alliance.
The driving force behind the whole exercise was Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) and Jamaat-i-Islami leadership which so far remained instrumental in bringing other stakeholders closer.
The sources said that there was a greater realisation among the leaders that bringing religious forces at one platform was need of the hour as united they could turn into a formidable force to serve the cause of Islam and ideology of the country in a real sense.
To a question, a source in the Jamaat-i-Islami said that the seven-member steering committee would also be preparing report on the possibility of inclusion of other religious parties and groups into its fold and its impact on the alliance.
The MMA, which was formed ahead of the 2002 general elections, had exhibited remarkable results in the polls. The alliance formed government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the then NWFP, single-handedly and a government in Balochistan in alliance with PML-Q besides securing the position of the leader of opposition in the National Assembly.
The MMA comprised six religious parties — the Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, the Jamaat-i-Islami, the Tehreek-i-Jafaria Pakistan, the Jamaat-i-Ahle Hadith and the Muttahida Deeni Mahaz.