ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's traditional religious parties feel threatened from the extreme right wing groups - linked to terrorists and jehadi outfits - which have fielded a huge number of candidates for the July 25 elections at the provincial and national level, media reports said today.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) - an alliance of religious parties of different Islamic sects - has fielded 192 candidates for the 272 directly elected constituencies of the National Assembly while hardline cleric Khadim Rizvi's Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) alone has fielded 178 contenders for the same.
'The existing right wing parties feel threatened from the extreme right wing, which has fielded a massive number of contenders for various seats at both the provincial and national level,' the Express Tribune reported.
The MMA includes traditional religious parties such as Jamaat-e-Islami led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan led by Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani and Tehreek-e-Jafaria led by Allama Sajid Naqvi.
Most of the extreme right wing parties have fielded their candidates from the platform of shadow parties.