Decision to participate in polls final, boycott not from MMA platform: Fazl

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Ameer Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman has said that Mutahida Majlis-eAmal’s decision to participate in the upcoming elections was final as any decision to boycott the polls has not been taken from the MMA platform. Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, he said that the election boycott would have no positive impact on the democratic process. He said the contact between PML (N) Chief Nawaz Sharif and PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto would not be result oriented.

Later in an interview with state run TV, the JUI (F) Ameer said that MMA’s decision to participate in the elections was final and JUI workers have been asked to gear up the electioneering campaign. He said JUI is part of MMA and it will not boycott the elections under any circumstances. JUI will definitely take part in the polls and will field its own candidates on Jamaat-e-Islami seats if they decide to boycott.

He said that poll boycott would definitely prove a big mistake like resignations from the assemblies. Those who follow the decision of APDM to boycott the elections, were not with MMA, he said. Fazl said that the MMA supreme council had decided that only unanimous boycott decision can prove effective. The supreme council also approved the MMA manifesto and talk of boycott by Jamaat-e-Islami was astonishing, he said. In APDM-ARD Charter of Demands (CoDs) drafting committee, Professor Khurshid Ahmed represented JI and not MMA, he said while replying to a question.-SANA

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