Islamist Parties Alliance (MMA) Hold Huge Rally at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore
“People want Islamic Pakistan”; “Will defeat secularists in next polls”
May 14, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sirajul Haq, speaking at Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) first public gathering in Punjab on Sunday, said the rally was a clear message that the nation wanted an “Islamic Pakistan” not ‘secular Pakistan’.
Addressing the huge rally at Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, Haq said it was unfortunate that an Islamic political system was not implemented in the last 70 years, adding that the party was fighting for the imposition of Islamic system in the country.
“US agents are worried to see the unity of religious parties,” he claimed.
The Jamaat emir lamented that the corrupt rulers were storing looted wealth abroad, and that the corrupt elite had bought properties worth billions of rupees.
“I curse politics which aims for increasing funds in bank accounts,” he said. “I want to open avenues of power to the common Pakistanis. We have to end the tradition of giving votes to the oppressors.”
Siraj said corrupt people should not be allowed in any party– Jamaat Islami is leading the Islamist parties’ grouping. The party recently parted ways with Imran Khan’s PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province amicably, it has emerged.
“We will bring a direct tax system. A gatekeeper is giving the same amount of tax as a billionaire here. Fair distribution of resources will bring prosperity to the nation,” Siraj said.
According to several observers, “There was no music, no dance, just one slogan “Allah o Akbar” echoing at the rally along with “Islamic Pakistan” and “Prosperous Pakistan” slogans.
70 years have passed, the so called liberal progressive parties have brought Pakistan to decline and made a Corrupt State, said several attendees of the election rally — polls are expected to be held toward end of July.
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Speaking at the rally, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the MMA will win the next elections by defeating the secularists of the country.
Rehman said law and order is the biggest challenge of the country today, adding that for last ten years Muslim word is facing attack from the West.
“You have destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq, and now bloodshed is happening in Syria. Its all US conspiracy,” he said. “We know what is freedom. Our economy is being conquered by the IMF and the World Bank.”
He alleged that Pakistani budget is approved by IMF’s Pakistan desk.
“Our leaders give budget speech after approval from IMF. Our civilization is under attack from the West.”
The MMA leaders are expected to announce the political alliance’s manifesto for the upcoming polls.
Religious-political parties announced the revival of the defunct MMA in March this year. The newly resurrected alliance will contest the elections under one symbol. Other Islamist groupings are also gearing up to enter mainstream politics and contest polls– many observers say it is good that these parties believe in project democracy and want to bring change through ballot.
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