JI won’t “take dictation” from the PML-N and PPP: Siraj ul Haq

The first signs of weakness in anti-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf alliance come on the surface on Monday when Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) emir Sirajul Haq made it clear that Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal’s (MMA) JI-aligned voters will not “take dictation” from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party.

The statement by the JI Chief came soon after the newly elected 328 MNAs took oath in the lower house of parliament when the JI chief held a press conference to explain his party’s role in the MMA and as an opposition party in the National Assembly.

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“We may be with the opposition parties but we will not become a part of any dictation from the N-League or the People’s Party,” Siraj ul Haq conveyed.

His party was once a coalition partner of the last Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but it had later joined forces with like-minded religio-political parties to revive the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal’s (MMA).

“We will follow our own policies,” added JI Chief, who was among the first opposition political leaders to say after the general elections on July 25 that the newly elected government should be given a chance.

Siraj ul Haq’s fellow MMA leader Fazlur Rehman had recently reportedly said that he would not be celebrating Independence Day due to the alleged rigging of the July 25 polls that handed him a humiliating defeat.

Siraj ul Haq today distanced himself from those remarks, saying: “We will celebrate 14th August. If Maulana Fazlur Rehman does not want to then that’s his own choice.”

Haq also blamed the two main opposition parties for their plight. “Had the PML-N and PPP improved the [electoral] system, the opposition would never have seen this day,” he said.

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