Siraj-ul-Haq

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Siraj ul Haq
سراج الحق
5th Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami
Assumed office
30 March 2014
Preceded byMunawar Hasan
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
12 March 2015 – 11 March 2021
ConstituencyKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
Senior Minister and Provincial Minister of Finance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
2 June 2013 – 24 June 2014
In office
30 November 2002 – 11 October 2007
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
31 May 2013 – 11 March 2015
ConstituencyPK-95 Lower Dir
In office
November 2002 – 11 October 2007
ConstituencyPF-95 Lower Dir
Personal details
Born (1962-09-05) 5 September 1962 (age 61)[1]
Lower Dir district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan[1]
Political partyJamaat-e-Islami
Residence(s)Mansoorah, Lahore (Official) and Lower Dir district (Personal)
Alma materUniversity of Peshawar
University of the Punjab
OccupationPolitician

Siraj-ul-Haq (Pashto: سراج الحق ; born 5 September 1962) is a Pakistani politician who was elected as the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious political party in Pakistan which seeks to establish an Islamic legal system. He also served as the senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Chief Ministership of Pervez Khattak.[2]

Early years[edit]

Siraj ul Haq was born in Meerzo village of Shabqadar Tehsil in Charsadda District. However, he paternally belongs to Samarbagh in Lower Dir District. His father was a graduate of Darul Uloom Deoband and the superintendent (مہتمم) of a Madrassa. He received his early education in local regional schools and studied political science in the University of Peshawar and MA (Education) from University of Punjab in (1990). At university, he studied the books of Maulana Syed Abul Aala Maududi and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui. He joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba and was the chief of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba from 1988 to 1991.[3] He has been elected twice as MPA from PK-95 constituency.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in the 2002 election from the platform of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and was made finance minister in the provincial cabinet under the leadership of Akram Khan Durrani. However, he allegedly resigned in protest against the deadly US drone strike on a madrassa in Bajaur Agency which resulted in the deaths of 86 children. Though the then Ameer Jamat e Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, claimed that it was the party decision to vacate one of the two offices i.e. Ministry and Ameer Jamat e Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then N.W.F.P. His party boycotted the 2008 election. In 2013, he contested on Jamaat-e-Islami's ticket and was elected to the assembly.[4]

He remained the Deputy Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami until 30 March 2014 when he was elected as the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.[5] In accordance with party rules whereby intra-party elections are held every five years, he was re-elected as Ameer (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami in March 2019, until March 2024.[6] He remains immensely popular in his constituency and is known for his modesty among friends and foes alike.[7]

He resigned from the Ministry of Finance in June 2014 right after the budget because, according to party rules, one person cannot hold two offices at the same time.[8] At that time, he was Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami and Senior Minister in KPK Assembly.

He gained immense popularity when Imran Khan and Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri announced the Long March against Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Nawaz Sharif. He acted as a neutral figure. He convinced the government and Imran Khan to negotiate and due to his efforts the government became stable.[9] He said that the Jamaat-e-Islami would not let democracy be derailed and, political differences aside, democracy would be saved. For his efforts, he received an award from the government of Pakistan on 14 August 2014 from President Mamnoon Hussain.

In 2015, he fought and won the election for senate. He is considered to be a senior member of the Parliament of Pakistan.[10]

During the 2018 general elections, he lost the national assembly seat NA-7 Lower Dir II to his rival candidate, Muhammad Bashir Khan of PTI, by a margin of 16,144 votes and was the runner up.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sirajul Haq". Dawn (newspaper). 20 July 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Sirajul Haq new JI Ameer".
  3. ^ "Pakistan strikes religious school; 80 are reported dead". The New York Times. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Sirajul Haq elected as new Jamaat-e-Islami chief for five years". The News.
  5. ^ "Sirajul Haq replaces Munawar Hassan as chief of Jamaat-e-Islami". The Express Tribune. 30 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Siraj re-elected as JI head".
  7. ^ "Changing traditions: Sirajul Haq picked to head JI". The Express Tribune. 31 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Sirajul Haq resigns as K-P senior minister". The Express Tribune. 23 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Govt, PTI negotiations will be successful: Sirajul Haq".
  10. ^ "Siraj ul Haq & PTI's Mohsin Aziz wins Senate General seat".
  11. ^ "Election Commission of Pakistan. Gazette Notification". 2 October 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2020.

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