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Chief of Pak's main Islamic alliance to quit

Unhappy with his inability to forge a joint front against Musharraf, the head of Muttahida Majlis Amal has decided to step down.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 14:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Unhappy with his inability to forge a joint front against President Pervez Musharraf, the head of Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA), Pakistan's main Islamic alliance, has said he would step down from the post shortly.

MMA chief, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who heads the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) told reporters in Nowshera in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) on Thursday that he would formally take up the issue of quitting as president of the Slimiest alliance when its supreme council met on January 11 to discuss JI's proposal of mass resignations of MMA members from the National Assembly.

Ahmad, a strong critic of the Pakistan President wants MMA to oppose plans of Musharraf's re-election and proposed the resignations of Members of National Assembly last year.

But the move was vehemently opposed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads the Jamat Ulema Islami (JUI) party, which is a dominant partner of the alliance.

JUI also heads the government in North West Frontier Province and Rehman was not willing to take a strident stand against Musharraf.

Ahmad's move to resign was apparently aimed at putting pressure on Rehman and JUI to agree for resignations of 60 members of the MMA.

The proposal for resignations stands as it was endorsed by the previous supreme council.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman is not agreeing with the unanimous decision of the supreme council, he was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

"We have a clear-cut stand that we will neither accept Musharraf in military uniform nor without uniform as president," he alleged.

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