ISLAMABAD- The meeting between Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Senator Sirajul Haq with Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman has opened the stalled dialogue for revival of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, which had emerged as a formidable political force in early 2000.

Some insiders in both these parties said yesterday that for the first time since the breakup of the religious parties’ alliance Jamaat-i-Islami has shown inclination towards the revival of the defunct MMA, as previously it was Jamaat which had placed tough conditions for its revival obviously not acceptable to JUI-F, another key player in the alliance.

The sources said that initially both the parties would discuss how these parties could help each other in the upcoming local bodies’ elections in Punjab and Sindh for which the provincial leadership of both these parties would meet shortly to look into the possibility of seat adjustment in the first phase of local bodies’ elections in Punjab and Sindh.

The sources in Jamaat-i-Islami said that as such the meeting was not focused on the revival of MMA, although the JI chief was a strong supporter of bringing religious parties on one platform for the collective good of the system.

These sources admitted that both JUI-F and JI wanted to engage in some negotiations to bring both the parties closer, but it was too early to say whether these negotiations could pave the way for revival of MMA or not.

These sources said that both the leaders shared views on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and asked Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to address the concerns of all the stakeholders on its execution plan.

JI Amir Senator Sirajul Haq said that the government must implement the decisions taken in the All Parties Conference wherein it was decided that the western route would be given preference in construction over the other two routes.

While on the other hand JUI-F chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman demanded holding of another moot of mainstream political parties heads to address the concerns of political parties, especially representing the smaller provinces over the change in the CPEC route.

Both the leaders were critical over the way the Prime Minister had undermined the Parliament and not taken its input on his recently concluded US visit adding that it would have been better had the PM taken the Parliament and mainstream political leadership on board before embarking his US visit.

The JI chief grilled Premier Sharif for not consulting even the JUI-F chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman, who is sitting on the treasury benches, on the US visit.

Both the leaders, however, stressed the need for further intensifying the campaign to highlight the Kashmir issue at all available forums and to expose Indian brutalities on innocent Kashmiris.