Siraj-ul-Haq Steps Down as Jamaat-e-Islami Amir After Election Defeat

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Siraj-ul-Haq Steps Down as Jamaat-e-Islami Amir After Election Defeat

Siraj-ul-Haq, the prominent figure in Pakistani politics and the Amir (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), announced his resignation on Monday following the party’s dismal performance in the recent Elections 2024. The decision came after JI secured no seats in the National Assembly and only two seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly.

Who is Sirajul Haq?

Siraj-ul-Haq is a key figure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s political landscape, rose to prominence within Jamaat-e-Islami. In 2014, he was elected as the new ameer of the party, succeeding Syed Munawar Hassan. Haq won the majority vote in the elections held at the JI Headquarters Mansoora, securing his position for a five-year tenure.

He was re-elected in 2019, serving the party diligently for a decade before his recent resignation.

Siraj ul Haq was born on April 5, 1962, in the Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He received his early education in his hometown and later pursued a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Peshawar. His upbringing in a conservative and socially conscious environment instilled in him a deep commitment to the principles of Islam and the welfare of society.

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Political Career

Siraj ul Haq’s political journey began with his active involvement in student politics during his university years. He joined the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, where he demonstrated leadership qualities and a fervent dedication to the cause of Islamization and social reform.

His dedication and commitment to the party’s principles led him to rise through the ranks of Jamaat-e-Islami. In recognition of his leadership qualities and unwavering commitment to the party’s ideology, Siraj ul Haq was appointed as the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan on March 30, 2014.

Leadership and Vision

Under Siraj ul Haq’s leadership, Jamaat-e-Islami has continued to emphasize the importance of Islamic values, social justice, and economic equity in Pakistani society. He has been vocal on various national and international issues, advocating for the rights of marginalized communities and highlighting the importance of ethical governance.

Siraj ul Haq’s vision for Pakistan revolves around the establishment of a just and equitable society based on the principles of Islam. He has consistently called for political reforms that prioritize the welfare of the people and address the socio-economic challenges facing the country.

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Political Influence

As the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Siraj ul Haq wields significant influence within the political landscape of Pakistan. His party’s presence in various regions of the country, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi, has contributed to shaping political discourse and policy decisions.

Siraj ul Haq’s principled stance on issues such as corruption, social inequality, and human rights has earned him respect and recognition both within and outside the political arena. He continues to be a vocal advocate for the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged sections of society.

Allegations of Electoral Malpractice

Earlier in the day, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, a prominent figure within JI, made headlines by announcing his decision to vacate his seat in the provincial assembly. Citing widespread ‘electoral malpractice,’ Rehman specifically pointed to the PS-129 Central Karachi constituency of the Sindh Assembly, where he had previously secured a seat.

During a press conference in Karachi, Rehman expressed deep concerns over the integrity of the electoral process, accusing the authorities of orchestrating what he termed as “the worst rigging.” He emphasized JI’s stance on the matter, asserting that the electoral process had been marred by gross malpractice.

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