Cracks appear between MMA two main parties

Cracks appear between MMA two main parties

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) parliamentary board failed to develop consensus over party tickets for various constituencies.

The fissure between the two major political parties of the MMA, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Jamiat-e-Islami (JI), is widening with each passing day, as candidates of both parties are filing their nomination papers from their respective parties instead of the MMA’s platform.

Sources said that since both parties have a considerable vote bank in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), hence both parties came face to face against each other in a number of districts, while other allied parties including Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), Tehreek-i-Islami Pakistan (TIP) and Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith (MJAH) did not have a vote bank enough to match the other parties and hence, they were being given little importance in the alliance.

The MMA parliamentary board, which is jointly headed by JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, had to finalize names of its candidates till June 5 for the general elections scheduled for July 25, 2018.

However, the board had so far failed to evolve consensus since both the parties were striving to get the lion’s share, despite the fact that June 8 is the deadline for submitting the nomination papers.