Sami-ul-Haq’s party weighs MMA option as its alliance with PTI comes under pressure

Sami-ul-Haq’s party weighs MMA option as its alliance with PTI comes under pressure
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is also president of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, enquires about the health of Maulana Samiul Haq at a hospital. (Photo shared by Hamidul Haq, son of Maulana Sami — 15 March 2018)
Updated 01 April 2018

Sami-ul-Haq’s party weighs MMA option as its alliance with PTI comes under pressure

Sami-ul-Haq’s party weighs MMA option as its alliance with PTI comes under pressure

PESHAWAR: Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who supervises Darul Uloom Haqqania, a religious seminary, is annoyed with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party after losing the last Senate election, his brother, Anwar-ul-Haq, told Arab News on Sunday.
Sami-ul-Haq’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) party has largely remained on good terms with PTI, creating an impression that the two political factions were willing to devise a seat adjustment mechanism ahead of the next general elections. However, despite receiving significant funds from the PTI administration in the name of mainstreaming religious seminaries in the province, members of JUI-S, including Maulana Sami-ul-Haq’s close relatives, say the alliance between the two parties could possibly be crumbling.
“We had an agreement on certain constituencies where we wanted to field JUI-S candidates. However, it seems that PTI is trying to grab those constituencies from us as well,” Sami-ul-Haq’s son, Hamid-ul-Haq, told Arab News.
“Our party has an option of joining Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal,” he added. “We can also side with Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (another alliance of religious parties). However, it will be our party Shoura that will determine our future course of action within the next ten days.”
Meanwhile, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq is recovering from heart surgery he recently underwent in Rawalpindi.
Asked if it was possible for JUI-S to leave PTI after getting significant funds from the latter, Hamid-ul-Haq said: “Fund release for madrassa (seminary) is a service to local people. My grandfather served this area. My father was a senator in the past, and a previous Pakistan Peoples Party-led government had also released funds for our seminary. No one should make an issue out of this.”
Sami-ul-Haq’s brother, Anwar-ul-Haq, also claimed that the alliance between the two parties was undergoing a rough patch. “Maulana Sahib (Sami-ul-Haq) was deeply hurt when he lost,” he said.
JUI-S spokesperson Maulana Yousaf Shah admitted that Sami-ul-Haq was not happy with the result of the Senate election and claimed: “It happened because lawmakers sold their votes in the Senate polls.”
Jamaat-e-Islami’s General Secretary in KP, Abdul Wasi, said the MMA would welcome Maulana Sami-ul-Haq in its fold if he decided to return to the religious alliance. “Our top leader, Siraj-ul-Haq, may soon visit Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to convince him to rejoin MMA,” he added.
MMA currently comprises five parties: Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan-Noorani, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith and Tehreek-e-Fiqh-e-Jafaria.
PTI’s provincial assembly member, Qurban Ali Khan, admitted that there were issues between his party and JUI-S.
“It will create problems (for PTI) if Maulana Sami-ul-Haq rejoined MMA or parted way with PTI,” he admitted.
Prof. Dr. Zahid Anwar from the department of political science at the University of Peshawar, told Arab News that the MMA would try to convince Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to return to the alliance.
“Politics is the name of give and take,” he added. “If PTI wishes to be a JUI-S ally, it should compromise on some issues. Otherwise, it is likely that JUI-S will either join MMA or at least abandon PTI.”
He also said that PTI had a good vote bank, but the departure of JUI-S could negatively affect its performance in the coming elections.

Pakistan rejects 'baseless' Armenia claims

Pakistan rejects 'baseless' Armenia claims
Updated 17 October 2020

Pakistan rejects 'baseless' Armenia claims

Pakistan rejects 'baseless' Armenia claims
  • Reiterates to "stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan"
  • Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians

LONDON: Pakistan has denied its involvement in the ongoing Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, following a claim by the Armenian prime minister that Pakistani troops were fighting alongside Azerbaijani troops.

In an official statement released on Saturday, the Pakistani foreign office said it regretted Armenia’s decision to resort to “irresponsible propaganda” and that it would continue to “stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan.”

The defense ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Friday it had recorded another 29 casualties among its military, pushing the military death toll to 633 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27.

The fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when some 30,000 people were killed.

Also on Friday, there were growing signs that a Russian-brokered cease-fire agreed upon last week to allow sides to swap detainees and bodies of those killed had all but broken down.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

Read the Pakistani statement in full below…

We have seen the transcript of Armenian prime minister’s interview on Oct. 15 with Russian TV referring to some unsubstantiated reports alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside the Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict.

We categorically reject these baseless and unwarranted comments. President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has also clarified his stance on the matter stating that Azerbaijani forces are strong enough to defend their homeland and do not need the help of foreign forces.

It is regrettable that leadership of Armenia, to cover up its illegal actions against Azerbaijan, is resorting to irresponsible propaganda, which it must stop.

For our part, we wish to make clear that Pakistan has consistently extended diplomatic, moral and political support to Azerbaijan. Pakistan will continue to stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan and support its right of self-defence against any aggression.

We believe that long-term peace and normalization of relations between the two parties would depend on the complete and comprehensive implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani territories.