Candidates With Terror Links Pose Threat To Pak's Religious Parties

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Islamabad: 

Pakistan’s traditional religious parties feel threatened from the extreme right wing groups – linked to terrorists and jehadi outfits – which have fielded a huge number of candidates for the July 25 elections at the provincial and national level, media reports said today.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – an alliance of religious parties of different Islamic sects – has fielded 192 candidates for the 272 directly elected constituencies of the National Assembly while hardline cleric Khadim Rizvi’s Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) alone has fielded 178 contenders for the same.

“The existing right wing parties feel threatened from the extreme right wing, which has fielded a massive number of contenders for various seats at both the provincial and national level,” the Express Tribune reported.

The MMA includes traditional religious parties such as Jamaat-e-Islami led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan led…

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