Munawar Hasan

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Syed Munawar Hasan
سید منور حسن
4th Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami
In office
29 March 2009 – 29 March 2014
Preceded byQazi Hussain Ahmad
Succeeded bySiraj-ul-Haq
Personal details
Born5 August 1940
Delhi, British India
Died26 June 2020(2020-06-26) (aged 80)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality British Indian (1941–1947)
 Pakistani (1947–2020)
Political party Jamaat-e-Islami
Alma materUniversity of Karachi
(BSc, MSc)
OccupationReligious leader,
foreign policy commentator
ProfessionProfessor, religious leader
Nickname(s)Delhi wala
Munoo Bhai

Syed Munawar Hasan (Urdu: سید منور حسن; 5 January 1940 – 26 June 2020) was a Pakistani politician who served as the 4th Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami from 2009 to 2014.[1] He was an elected as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from Karachi in 1977.

Early life and career[edit]

Munawar Hasan was born in Delhi, British India on 5 August 1941.[2] During the partition of India, he migrated with his family and settled in Karachi. He obtained a Master's degree in sociology in 1963 and in Islamic Studies in 1966 from the University of Karachi.[3][4] Hasan became the Karachi president of the National Students Federation in 1959.[3]

He joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba in 1960 and became president of its University of Karachi unit in 1962, Karachi chapter in 1963, and a member of its Central Executive Council.[3] He became its national president in 1964 and served in that capacity for three consecutive terms.[3] During his tenure, the Jamiat organised several campaigns mobilising public opinion regarding education issues.[5]

He joined the Islamic Research Academy and later Islamic Jerusalem Studies, at Karachi as a research assistant in 1963. He became its secretary general in 1969. Under his supervision, the academy published 70 scholarly books. He also served as managing editor of The Criterion and The Universal Message, Karachi.[6]

Hasan became a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1967. He served the Karachi unit as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Deputy Ameer and Ameer of the city. He was then elected to the Central Shura and the Executive Council of the Jamaat. He represented the group at several platforms, including United Democratic Front and the Pakistan National Alliance formed by many Pakistani political parties. He ran for the NA-191 Karachi-IX[7] seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1977 and secured the highest vote tally in Pakistan. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1992–93 and became Secretary General in 1993. He was elected Emir or head of the party in 2009.[5]

He was known for his simple living style and was cited as an example, "For decades he lived in a two-room portion in the house of Jamaat leader Naimatullah Khan in Karachi, content with the stipend from his party."[5] Munawar Hasan had always been more of an ideologue rather than a pragmatic leader trying to form political alliances with other parties in Pakistan.[8][5]

After Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan's loss in the 2013 Pakistani general election, Hasan accepted responsibility and offered to resign from his position, but the party's Executive Council refused this.[9]

In March 2014, Hasan became the first head in the history of JI to be voted out of office when Siraj-ul-Haq Khan was elected head by the members with voting rights.[1] At least one analyst, Nasir Jamal, attributed the change in leadership to JI Arakeen's desire for a younger and more pragmatic leader.[8][1][9]


In November 2013, Hasan called Hakimullah Mehsud, slain leader of Tehrik-e-Taleban Pakistan, a martyr. This statement proved to be controversial in Pakistan. The Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of Pakistan Armed Forces, said this insulted the civilians and soldiers killed in Pakistan's war against terror and demanded that he apologise.[10][11]


On 11 June 2020, JI Karachi-chapter leader confirmed that Hasan had contracted COVID-19, and was in ICU.[12] He died on 26 June in Karachi.[2][13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Sirajul Haq elected as new (Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan) JI chief". Dawn. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Former JI ameer Syed Munawar Hassan passes away". Dunya News. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "Syed Munawar Hasan - a socialist turned Islamic political leader". The Express Tribune. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  4. ^ Rehman, Zia ur (27 June 2020). "JI's former Ameer Munawar Hasan passes away". The News International. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d Rehman, Asha'ar (16 January 2014). "When an ideologue is popular". Dawn. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  6. ^ Hussain, Asim (27 June 2020). "Munawar Hasan, a humble, courageous ideologue". The News International. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  7. ^ "6TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FROM 28th March 1977 TO 5TH JULY 1977" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b Jamal, Nasir (1 April 2014). "Analysis: Why Jamaat discarded Munawar Hasan". Dawn. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  9. ^ a b Khalid Hasnain (2 June 2013). "JI (Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan) rejects Munawar's resignation". Dawn. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  10. ^ "JI chief's remarks an insult to Pakistan's martyrs: ISPR". Dawn. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ Boone, Jon (12 November 2013). "Pakistani army blasts Islamist party leader for calling Taliban chief 'martyr'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  12. ^ "JI leader Munawar Hasan, MQM-P's Khawaja Izhar contract coronavirus". Samaa TV. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  13. ^ Tayyab, Adeel (26 June 2020). "Former JI chief Syed Munawwar Hasan passes away at 78". Samaa TV. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  14. ^ "CM Murad Reveals Munawar Hassan, Talib Jauhari, Mufti Naeem Died From Coronavirus". Naya Daur. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

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Party political offices

Preceded by Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
Succeeded by