Pakistan's politicians are gearing themselves for a summer campaign battle which will decide the fate of the nation's march from Army rule to democracy.
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Background: Pakistan's politicians are gearing themselves for a summer campaign battle which will decide the fate of the nation's march from Army rule to democracy. The 13-month-old military regime of General Yahya Khan says it is firmly resolved to hand over power to a civilian Government after Pakistan's elections, promised for October 5.
As the elections draw nearer the political parties are also making a great effort to collect funds for their election campaigns.
The Jammat-i-Islami party, the foremost front for the Islamic order in Pakistan, has encouraged its members to go door to door to collect funds for the party's election expenses. The first city to offer a purse of one lac Rupees (GBP 9,500) was Gujranwala which was visited by party leader Maulana Syed Abul Aala Maudoodi in April.
Maudoodi is currently visiting Karachi, the biggest city in Pakistan. There the women have donated their jewellery and the men have offered their wrist watches to be sold to raise funds. The people of Karachi have also given seven and a half lac rupees (GBP 70,000)as their first instalment towards the party funds.
The Jammat-i-Islami party is the main opposition to the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Mr Z.A.Bhutto.