Ten-party alliance: When it goes breaking, a Call from Darul Uloom keeps it intact



KARACHI: This was not any political pundit or head of an advocacy group who saved the ten-party alliance from cutting down to nine-party alliance but it was Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, a prestigious and modern religious seminary, that meddled in the decisive political affairs impinging on the electoral politics of the Sindh province in general and Karachi in particular.

Sources said a person on the other side of phone set from Darul Uloom, Karachi, calling to both head of JUI-F, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and chief of JI, Syed Munawwar Hassan delivered a sermon on the importance of unity of religious forces and fruits of patience.

The sources privy to this development said the important religious personality would also give some good citations from Islamic history for teaching the political leaders how much rendering sacrifices for collective cause was valued.

The prestigious seminary is run by most respected sons of Mufti Aazam Pakistan, Mufti Muhammad Shafi namely Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani and Justice (R) Mufti Muhammad Taqi who are president and vice president of the most modern religious institute respectively. Unlike the “Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia” Banuri town the seminary run by Usmani brothers has never been actively involved in politics.

But it helped intact the alliance from being upset after the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) announced to kick off the electoral journey individually. In a statement issued by Aslam Ghauri of JUI-F Sindh to media a few days ago had made it clear that the party valued collective efforts but it could not do it at the cost of destroying the party. With this firm declaration, the party’s press release had also listed candidates for national and provincial assembly from different constituencies of Sindh.

The ten-party alliance which had been decreased to nine-party alliance for two days with this declaration was the outcome of claims by both religious parties JI and JUI-F, both being stuck to their demands.

On other hand, the PML-N was interested in few of the seats while PML-F had got more than loin’s share in the interior Sindh. The nationalists had been realistic that they could not grab seat from the port city of Karachi.

These were the two religious parties which were showing stubbornness but a call did what leaders of 8 other parties in the alliance could not do in more than a week time with many rounds of meetings, sources told this scribe while demanding complete anonymity.

But this was not the only rescue effort that comes from outside as when serious differences developed among his party workers for giving away more seats to PML-F, the PML-N leader and former Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, had also to fly to the coastal city in order to control the damage and save the ten-party cruiser from being wrecked and drowned.

Published on 19 April