JUN 24, 2018: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a coalition of the religious right, unveiled its list of candidates vying for Karachi-based seats in the national and provincial assemblies elections on July 25.
Liaquat Baloch, the secretary-general of MMA, announced the candidates for 21 National Assembly seats and 44 Sindh Assembly seats. Asadullah Bhutto, Maulana Noorul Haq, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, Dr Mairajul Huda and Hafiz Hamdullah Haqqani are on the list.
“Karachi and its people want good leadership,” said Hafiz Naeemur Rehman. “MMA will provide that leadership.”
He also said that the coalition will organize the “biggest rally” in Karachi’s history on July 8.
The rally will be preceded by one in Peshawar on Sunday. On June 28, an ulema convention in Karachi will follow, after which a rally will be held in Multan on June 29,, Rehman said.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees and Islami Tehrik Pakistan formed a coalition to contest the election under one banner. They termed it the revival of the MMA. Their election symbol is a book.
In March, the religious right parties held their ‘revival’ meeting at Allama Kaukab Noorani’s residence in Karachi. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Liaquat Baloch and Shah Owais Noorani were made president, secretary-general and information secretary, respectively.
The MMA was originally formed in 2002. Its candidates won 63 out of 342 National Assembly seats in the 2002 elections. They also formed the provincial government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that year. The coalition disintegrated in 2007 after disputes.