Chitral: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI) Chitral have entered into an electoral alliance for the local government elections to be held in May.
Announcing the formation of the alliance, the district Amir of JI, Maghfirat Shah and that of JUI, Qari Abdur Rahman Qureshi said that the alliance was the need of the hour which had turned inevitable to rid the people of the myriad of problems.
They said that out of the twenty four union councils of the district, they had targeted sixteen union councils which have been equally distributed between the two parties while the alliance will remain intact in the second phase of the election as well.
They added that JI has been allocated the union councils of Arandu, Drsoh-II, Ayun, Chitral-I, Denin, Kosht, Mulkhow and Shagram while the union councils of Ashrait, Drosh-I, Sheshi Koh, Broze, Chitral-II, Koh, Oveer and Terich have been given to JUI.
The alliance leaders said that the party winning more number of seats in the first phase of the election will be unconditionally supported by the other party in the second phase of the election of tehsil and district chairman.
They expressed the resolve that the workers of both the parties will be mobilized to work leading to landslide victory of the alliance in the polls.
They said that the two parties had gained a historical electoral victory when they joined each other to form Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA) and this will be repeated in the local bodies polls as the people were eagerly waiting for the alliance of the two religious parties.
Responding to a question, they refuted any type of acrimony between the leaders of the two parties in the past and said that they had been contesting elections in their separate polatforms but did never evince hostility against each other.