MMA will hold protest rallies in eight cities on 27th
* Demonstrations will also be held in 5 other countries on same day
ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has planned rallies in eight major cities on May 27 on the reported desecration of the Holy Quran by US troops at Guantanamo Bay.
“Small rallies at district and tehsil levels would also be held,” Liaqat Baloch, deputy secretary general of the MMA, told Daily Times.
He said the eight cities were Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, and Hyderabad.
He said MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed had contacted religious groups throughout the world to persuade them to hold the protest across the globe on the same day.
He also said that on May 27 religious groups in Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Britain and Turkey would hold rallies to protest the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran by US troops.
The MMA, he added, would continue its protest on this issue until the US administration took action against the culprits.
“The MMA supreme council will also meet after May 27 to finalise its strategy on the issue,” he said adding that the meeting would also review the present political situation in the country.
During the meeting, the leadership would also review its policy regarding the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD). “After ARD leaders’ refusal to participate in MMA’s rallies, the supreme council will review its policy regarding the ARD,” he said.
He said that the MMA would also chalk out a strategy for the upcoming elections of the Senate deputy chairman. “The MMA has already nominated its vice president, Professor Sajid Mir, for the post. The meeting may form a committee to contact other opposition parties in the Senate seeking their support for the MMA candidate,” he added.
The meeting will also draw up a plan for the upcoming budget sessions of the National Assembly, Baloch said.