APRIL 10, 2018
Five Islamist parties have joined forces to bring Pakistan under Islamic law and eliminate secularism while increasing their political prowess ahead of general elections
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of Islamist parties in Pakistan, has announced its revival with a focus on implementation of sharia in the country along with defeating secularism and eradicating corruption.
The MMA announcement was made on March 20, appointing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazl-ur-Rehman as its president and senior Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Liaquat Baloch as general secretary.
The JI and JUI-F – the two largest Islamist parties in Pakistan – are spearheading the five-party merger, which also includes Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), Tehreek-i-Islami Pakistan (TIP) and Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith (MJAH).
"The MMA is striving to purge the country of corruption, corrupt politicians, and secular and liberal elements,” JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq said while addressing a party rally at Sambrial, a town in Punjab province, on March 25. Two days later, while addressing a gathering in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Haq said efforts were being made to turn Pakistan into a secular state, which the party would counter.More from Asia Times:
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