Political cohesion imperative for timely elections: Fazl

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the hardline Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) gestures during a press conference in Islamabad, 30 July 2007, after the party meeting. Rehman criticized Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's pre-election power-sharing deal with self-exiled prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf may hang up his army uniform to pave the way for a pact with former Bhutto after the pair met in Abu Dhabi, a minister said. AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)

TANK: Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) central leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman Tuesday called for political cohesion for timely general elections and political stability in the country.

Talking to media here, he said JUI-F desires timely general elections in the country instead of dissolving of assemblies before the elections or a delay in general elections, terming both harmful to democracy. He said the issue of constituencies is lingering due to insufficient strength in the Senate.

Referring to the revival of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), he said no religious party declined the revival, adding that foreign forces are conspiring against a revival of MMA, and JUI-F will foil the nefarious designs.

To a question, he said Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) was attending all the meetings regarding the revival of MMA, adding that a meeting of the standing committee was convened in Lahore on December 8 on the matter. “Some important decisions would also be taken in Karachi meeting,” he added.

To another question, Fazl said his party would do seat adjustment with other political parties and would fully participate in the general elections.