Religious parties agree to restore MMA ahead of general elections

09:57 AM | 10 Nov, 2017
Religious parties agree to restore MMA ahead of general elections
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LAHORE - The defunct coalition of six religio-political parties, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), is going to be restored as the member parties have reached an accord ahead of general elections in 2018.

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq announced the decision at a late-night press conference on Thursday. The announcement follows a meeting attended by leaders of constituent parties including Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam head Maulana Fazlur Reh­man, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakis­tan chief Pir Ijaz Hashmi, JI emir Sirajul Haq and leaders of three other parties.

However, a formal decision regarding the restoration of the MMA will be made at a meeting to be held in December at the residence of Shah Owais Noorani in Karachi .

The MMA coalition was made in 2002 and it ruled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till 2007. Later the MMA went inactive due to an internal split.

Before 2013 polls, the JUI-F made efforts to restore it but the JI emir Syed Munawwar Hasan avoided becoming part of it.