Pakistan's major Islamic group announces boycott of elections

Pakistan's major Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami Tuesday announced boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections to be held on Jan. 8 next year.

Pakistan's major Islamic group announces boycott of elections
Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that his party would not take part in elections under "President Pervez Musharraf's martial law".

Jamaat-e-Islmai is a member of the six-party alliance Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).

Ahmed claimed that five members of the MMA were in favor of elections boycott but only one group Jamiat ulema-e-Islam wanted to contest the polls.

He asked his party candidates to withdraw their nomination papers across Pakistan.

Tehrik-e-Insaf or Justice Party, led by a cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has already announced election boycott.

Two major alliances, the All Parties Democratic Alliance (APDM)and the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD), have said that they will give a list of demands to President Musharraf and if the demands were not met then they would consider elections boycott.

Both alliances formed an eight-member committee on Monday to prepare a list of demands within three days. The committee held its first meeting Tuesday and the members exchanged proposals for the expected demands.

The Jamaat chief said that his party did not recognize the judges who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitution Order(PCO).

Musharraf issued the PCO after he suspended the constitution on Nov. 3 with the imposition of the state of emergency.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 11:12
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