PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chapter of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) said on Sunday that it has not yet decided whether the party will enter in an electoral alliance with others.
Following a two-day meeting of the party’s provincial general council, JUI-F’s K-P naib amir Maulana Attaur Rehman said that his party would not make any decisions till the reorganisation of the umbrella organisation, the Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA), took place.
Attaur said that the MMA, which JUI-F and other religio-political outfits had announced to revive on October 18, was to finish its reorganisation soon and would only make decisions about alliances from the MMA platform.
He added that the JUI-F was not in contact with any other political parties at this stage nor were its district chapters authorised to do so but said that it was a great honour for JUI-F that other political parties were thinking about entering into an alliance with them.
Earlier, the Awami National Party (ANP) had claimed that it was in contact with JUI-F district organisations about an electoral adjustment and that there was a strong possibility of an alliance between the two parties.
However, prior to this, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman brushed aside reports of an electoral adjustment with the ANP saying that JUI-F considers itself an alternative to the ANP and there was no question of an alliance with the ANP.
In preparation for elections, JUI-F is planning to hold jirgas and conferences. Attaur said his party would hold a grand tribal jirga in Shahi Bagh on December 16 to discuss issues concerning the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). JUI-F is also preparing to arrange a conference for Maulana Mohamamd Ahmed in Mardan on December 9.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2012.
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