Islamist parties to oppose Musharraf's plans
Islamist parties have decided to oppose the re-election plans of President Pervez Musharraf even if it means the fall of their provincial governments.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), one of the constituents of Islamist alliance Muthahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) that has members in both national and provincial assemblies, said the alliance had finalised a comprehensive strategy to stop Musharraf from succeeding in his plans to secure re-election using the present assemblies later this year.
The MMA members would resign from North West Frontier Region and Balochistan assemblies and quit the governments, JUP leader Maulana Shah Mohammad Noorani said while interacting with mediapersons on Sunday.
"We will dispense with or sufficiently curtail the President's electoral college by seeking dissolution of the NWFP legislature and also by walking out of the coalition government in Balochistan, in addition to forcing en bloc resignations by Opposition MNAs and MPAs," Noorani said.
As regards Musharraf holding the dual post of the Army chief and the head of the state, Noorani said he could not retain uniform and 'sherwani' together.
The MMA would not allow itself to be deceived by Musharraf again, he added.
The MMA is dominated by Jamaate Ulema Islami, (JUI) led by Fazlur Rehman that leads the Islamist governments in NWFP and Balochistan and the Jamaat-i-Islami, (JI) led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, who is also the president of the MMA.