In amendment’s aftermath, religious right faces an existential crisis

Dawn: ISLAMABAD : In the aftermath of the 21st constitutional amendment, the country’s main religio-political parties are faced with an existential crisis, but the nature of the crisis differs for each party.

However, acknowledging the gravity of the problem facing them, the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Wafaqul Madaris Al Arbia – the umbrella body that looks after the affairs of Deoband madressahs across the country – have convened separate meetings on Thursday.

While the Milli Yekjehti Council (MYC) extended a conditional approval to the 21st amendment on Wednesday, the leadership of Jamaat, JUI-F, and Wafaq ul Madaris are expected to oppose the move completely.

The MYC’s objections over the amendment revolved around the use of the words “religious and sect-based terrorism” in the text of the amendment.

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