MMA wants uniform issue discussed at NSC meeting
By Amir Nafees
LAHORE: Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, will try to bring up the uniform issue at the National Security Council meeting in Islamabad on June 24, sources in the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) told Daily Times.
The sources said the MMA Supreme Council, which meets today in Islamabad, would finalise strategy for the NSC meeting, which Mr Rehman has not yet decided to attend. The agenda of the meeting is law and order, but Mr Rehman, chief of the biggest component in the alliance of six religious parties, will try to bring up the uniform issue if he attends.
The MMA supported the 17th Amendment to the Constitution on the condition that General Musharraf quit the army and become a civilian president by December 31. However, after the MMA refused to support the NSC bill in parliament, Gen Musharraf indicated he had not yet decided he would step down by the end of this year.
MMA leader Liaqat Baloch said Mr Rehman’s position at and attendance of the meeting would be decided at the MMA supreme council meeting on Wednesday. MMA officials said Gen Musharraf must keep his promise to step down as chief of army staff by the end of the year. “The political situation could become serious if the NSC refuses to discuss the uniform issue,” an MMA member said.