KPK Chief Minister Pervaiz Khatak meets JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq

Peshawar (Monitoring Desk): Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khatak has met Jamiat-e-Ullema Islam Samiul Haq group chief Maulana Samiul Haq in Darul Uloom Haqqania to discuss political situation and possible revival of MMA.

According to an official statement issued here on Monday, CM Khattak visited the seminary at Akora Khattak and held a one-on-one meeting with Maulana Sami. It said the chief minister thanked the JUI-S chief for supporting the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf candidate in the NA-4 (Peshawar) by-election and his contribution towards removal of mistakes from textbooks.

Earlier, former officer of the Inter-Services Intelligence retired Major Mohammad Aamir called on Maulana Sami and held discussion on various issues, including electoral alliance among religious parties ahead of the next general election.

“During all these meetings and discussions we reviewed the current political situation, including restoration of the MMA,” Maulana Sami told media by phone from Akora Khattak.

“My party wants a broader alliance of all religious parties and groups and that they contest the next elections from a joint platform,” he said, adding that the MMA should not be confined only to six parties.

He was of the opinion that other religious groups and alliances, including Difa-i-Pakistan Council and Milli Yakjehti Council, should also be included in the MMA  a defunct six-party religio-political alliance that is likely to be formally restored next month.

The alliance’s leaders, including Mau­lana Fazlur Rehman of the JUI-F and Sirajul Haq of the Jamaat-i-Islami, have agreed in principle to restore the MMA and a formal announcement in this regard would be made in December. The alliance, which was formed in 2002, fell apart in 2007.