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MMA unveils list of candidates vying for Karachi seats

MMA unveils list of candidates vying for Karachi seats

Supporters of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a religious parties alliance, wave flags during a rally in Lahore on May 13, 2018. Photo: AFP

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.

Liaquat Baloch, the secretary-general of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (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.”

Leaders of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal raise hands in solidarity during a public meeting in Lahore, on May 13, 2018. Photo: AFP

He also said that the coalition will organise a rally 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. He said that the “biggest rally” in Karachi’s history will then happen on July 8.

What is the MMA?

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.

On March 20 this year, they 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.

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