Islamabad: Pakistan’s main Islamist alliance has threatened to launch a mass agitation if Pervez Musharraf fails to keep his promise of quitting the post of Chief of Army by the year-end, amid indications by the President that he may not keep his word. ‘‘We would not tolerate him in uniform even for a single day after the cut-off date of December 31, 2004. If he doesn’t remove his uniform, we would refuse to recognise him as the President also,’’ senior MMA leader and Chief of Jamat-e-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad said.
MMA had helped Musharraf continue in the post of the army chief by supporting the ratification of constitutional changes in Parliament.
Addressing the concluding session of a three-day conference of the JI at Azakhel in North West Frontier Province, Hussain along with MMA General Secretary Fazlur Rahman said the Islamist alliance would launch a mass agitation if Musharraf went back on his promise made to the MMA and to the public in an address over state TV last year.
Rahman, who headed the Jamat Ulema Islami also ruled out any compromise on the issue of uniform. ‘‘We know Musharraf is a dictator. But we are democrats and there is no way we would back down on this issue,’’ he told the public meeting.
Attacking the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Sindh for adopting ‘‘undemocratic’’ resolutions urging Musharraf to keep the posts of President and Army Chief, Rahman said ‘‘they have no respect for the constitution and democracy. PTI