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The nation wants an ‘Islamic Pakistan’ instead of ‘Naya Pakistan’: Siraj ul Haq

Revived MMA unveils a future roadmap in Lahore.

Siraj ul Haq

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In a bid to liberate people from Western influence and puppet rulers, the newly revived Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) held a power show at the Minar-i-Pakistan’s Greater Iqbal Park and unveiled its future political programme comprising introduction of interest-free economy and abolition of co-education system.

A gathering without the presence of a single women activist showcased the alliance of the five religio-political parties headed by the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rahman. MMA vowed to make Pakistan, a truly Islamic country. The alliance aims to equally distribute resources among the masses. The introduction of Islamic values remains the cornerstone of the party’s manifesto.

In its roadmap, MMA promised to transform the country into a real Islamic welfare state. Moreover, it will introduce the Islamic teachings in all educational institutions. It announced that all the parties will contest upcoming general elections from the MMA’s platform.

Since JI has already decided to revive MMA last year, and its intention was clear, why it stayed in government with PTI? With barely a month left to its five-year alliance in government with PTI.

MMA chief, Maulana Fazal criticized the prevailing un-Islamic culture in the country. As expected he blamed the western and secular powers for conspiring against the people of Pakistan and crushing the Islamic values. He blamed international establishment and lobbies for interfering in Pakistan’s politics and warned them to abandon this practice.

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Islam is under attack across the globe in a planned way on different fronts, he asserted. He claims that MMA will make the next government in the country and will demonstrate the true spirit of welfare Islamic state. Moreover, it will protect the peace in the country because it is one of the main issue facing Pakistan and the world.

He believes that Western powers are fueling the Iran-Saudi conflicts. Aiming to woo voters, he criticized the establishment of military courts under National Action Plan and claimed that it failed to achieve the targets. Echoing the same rhetoric which leads to the popularity of Manzoor Pashteen, he also raised the issue of missing persons.

The other main speaker, Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq claimed that nation wanted an Islamic Pakistan instead of “Naya Pakistan”. He was dismayed that Islamic political system was not implemented in last 70 years. Again, he lambasted the rulers for accumulating huge wealth abroad and alleged that corrupt leaders have bought properties of billions abroad.

Siraj ul Haq came up with impressive statements in order to win the popularity of the people, he stated “Who says women are equal to men? Women are far greater than men.  As Islam has raised the honor of a mother three times more than of a father’s.” Siraj further claimed that he will make it mandatory for every man to show a certificate signed by his sisters that he has given them their rights in property.

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JI is not only losing vote bank across Pakistan but also received a fair bit of criticism for JI for playing the politics based on hypocrisy. On one side, he criticized Nawaz for accumulating huge wealth abroad from corruption money and filing petition against him in the apex court, but at the same time, when Nawaz was desperately trying to win the Senate elections to legislate according to his wish-list, Sirajul Haq became his support.

A gathering without the presence of a single women activist showcased the alliance of the five religio-political parties headed by the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rahman. MMA vowed to make Pakistan, a truly Islamic country.

Apparently, JI has become increasingly irrelevant in the national politics, after facing many defeats and gaining the only handful of votes in any by-elections, where they participated is aware of its fate in KP, after PTI’s praiseworthy performance in the province. For example, in NA-120, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ziauddin Ansari secured only 592 votes. Similarly, the party faced embarrassment in many by-polls across Pakistan.

No wonder, now, JI opted to revive the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal along with JUI-F, having one election symbol, one flag, and one manifesto. PTI has consolidated its position in the province, JUI and JI are in particularly have acknowledged the threat facing their existence in the province.

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PTI managed to generate positive feedback over its welcome move to expel the 20-lawmakers for their alleged role in horse-trading. Political appraisal of this move can certainly benefit PTI. It prompted JI to kick-start a storm by accusing PTI of voting for Senate Chairman on ‘order from the top’.

Since JI has already decided to revive MMA last year, and its intention was clear, why it stayed in government with PTI? With barely a month left to its five-year alliance in government with PTI. It decided to leave the government. If it had such grievances it should have parted away with the government rather than enjoying all the perks in the government.

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