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JUI-F’s credibility crisis

ISLAMABAD – The year 2010 saw Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) flip-flopping, as it kept trying to tie the two poles together i.e. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the religious parties of the country simultaneously.
JUI-F’s desire to ride two boats at the same time- pursuing for the revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) while being part of the PPP-led government-and its maneuvers to appease the both, landed the JUI-F where it neither the confidence of PPP nor that of religious parties.
Fazl himself is skeptical about PPP’s intentions while the religious front is no more ready to buy Fazl’s words as Fazl could not re-win the support of its old allies in the once Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), even after quitting the PPP-led government in center.
The Fazl-led party enjoyed power in center for around three years but towards the end of the outgoing year, it bade farewell to the coalition government. JUI-F’s separation from government had been the key demand of the rest of the component parties of the now defunct MMA but so far the six-party religio-political alliance could not be revived. The new year too seems to bring little hope for the JUI-F.
Whenever JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, over one pretext or the other, threatened the PPP-led government to quit the coalition it tried to woo its once religious allies, but it failed on both the fronts.
Earlier this year, Fazl hosted three meetings with Allama Sajid Mir and Allama Sajid Naqvi mulling the revival of six-party religio-political alliance. All the meetings ended with JUI-F persistence on staying in the government and the religious parties demanding otherwise. However, towards the end of the year, the call for keeping the anti-blasphemy laws intact became the uniting factor for JUI-F and the rest of religious parties.

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