Sirajul Haq replaces Munawar Hassan as chief of Jamaat-e-Islami

Published: March 30, 2014

31,301 members were sent ballot for voting, of which 25,533 members voted in secret balloting, with the majority voting in favour of Sirajul Haq. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Sirajul Haq has been elected as the new chief of the party for the next five years, Express News reported on Sunday.

31,301 members of the party were sent ballots, of which 25,533 members voted in secret balloting, with the majority voting in favour of Sirajul Haq.

JI leadership met at the party’s central office today where the announcement was made. Haq will formally take the oath for his position as party chief on April 7.

Haq is currently the Finance Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Munawar Hassan and Liaquat Baloch were also running for the position.

Reader Comments (30)

  • Tassawor
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:24PM

    May all mighty ALLAH give Siraj bhai wisdom, courage and vision to do his job in a best way

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  • Tassawor
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:26PM

    May all mighty ALLAH give Siraj bhai wisdom, courage and vision to do his job in a best wayRecommend

  • optimist
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:41PM

    That is the only good thing about JI… they change their heads!

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  • A-No.1
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:42PM

    Does he still continue as minister in KP?
    Who cares if he is chief of JI. They are all the same.
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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:44PM

    This is a good move….

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  • Abdullah
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:51PM

    A truly democratic party. One can say whatever about JI, but they have a democratic party which follows democracy in letter and spirit. May Allah give Siraj Ul Haq the strength needed to develope the party. Ameen

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 30, 2014 - 7:51PM

    “That is the only good thing about JI… they change their heads!”
    @optimist:
    They may change their heads but it would make no difference. The party’s idology remains the same which majority will never accept.

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  • Asad Shairani
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:07PM

    Don’t like Jamaat’s policies at all – but they’re the most democratic of all parties in Pakistan.

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  • fasal
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:12PM

    He is an anti punjab bigot.

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  • SM
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:18PM

    Munawar Hasan seemed to speak a lot of nonsense – he was truly a let down compared to people like Qazi Hussein Ahmed. Hopefully this new leader can stop the downslide of JI in the eyes of the common man.

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  • waseem
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:26PM

    Honest Person and Courage leader.

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  • Jibran
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:33PM

    Association with TTP was very appealing to the party electorate, and it paid off. Other than that why not Farid Paracha?

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  • saleem hatoum
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:36PM

    It about time JI leadership is handed back to Pakhtoon members. This Munwar Hussian was not short of embarrassment.

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  • فیاض
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:44PM

    جماعت اسلامی نے ایک جموری پارٹی ہونے کی رویت کو برقرا رکھ کر دوسری سیاسی و مزہبی جماعتوں کےلیے ایک مثال پیش کی کے وہ بھی اگر جموریت پر یقین رکھتی ہیں تو پہلے پارٹی کے اندر جمہوری عمل کو پروان چڑھائیں، سراج الحق پڑحے لکھے اور محنتی نوجان ہیں باسنبت دوسریئ جماعتعوں کے لیڈروں کے عملی تضربی بھی ہے خبیر میں وازارت کا امید ہے وہ جماعت کو عوام میں مقبول بنائیں گے

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  • expaki
    Mar 30, 2014 - 8:57PM

    perhaps this Mullah might condemn killing of innocents by his brothers in faith. Mullah Siraj how about condemnation of attack on Raza Ahmad Rumi, to start with? an ex Paki

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  • h m idrees
    Mar 30, 2014 - 9:00PM

    Very positive news. All Pakistan poitical parties should follow democratect steps of ji.

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  • Umer
    Mar 30, 2014 - 9:14PM

    Why are people here so confused about what is democracy? Democratic values do not include supporting extremists. Even a Pakistani layman understands it and does not vote for JI.

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  • Revenge
    Mar 30, 2014 - 9:42PM

    Democratic election to help undemocratic people like Ziaul haq and monarchies like saudis and etc.

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  • Aasir
    Mar 30, 2014 - 9:47PM

    expaki, since you are an ex paki, so its none of your business.

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  • ashraf
    Mar 30, 2014 - 10:00PM

    @A-No.1:
    no he will leave kpk government because according to the constitution of jamat e islami government office and ameer e jamat office will not be run by one person at a time

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  • arshad ayyub
    Mar 30, 2014 - 10:22PM

    great responsibility on the feeble shoulders of siraj ul haq. but its the majority’s decision which has to be accepted. May Allah give him courage and wisdom to run the party’s affairs in the best possible way. Party would expect mature thinking and responsible actions from him.

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  • Syed Faisal
    Mar 30, 2014 - 10:35PM

    Congratulation to Siraj Bhae, Allah gives him courage and wisdom to lead the party.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 30, 2014 - 10:49PM

    May God the creator give grant wisdom to the Ameer to SERVE not COMMAND the interests of the community and uphold the Islamic values.

    Rex Minor

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  • Parvez
    Mar 30, 2014 - 10:55PM

    Lets hope he thinks and acts in a progressive manner…….would be good for the party and the country.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 30, 2014 - 11:56PM

    Indeed a truly democratic party which enlisted young men as mercenaries to wage jihad across the globe but never asked the children of its own leadership to fight against the infidel!! You can tick hypocrisy as one of the traits of JI as well.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 31, 2014 - 12:57AM

    Democracy and JI are two opposite things. After more than 70 years since its creation, JI has gathered only 31 thousand members and have formed a pressure group. People who call JI a democratic party should take lessons about democracy. No doubt they would also call Communist party a democratic party.

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  • Sidster
    Mar 31, 2014 - 1:12AM

    @saleem hatoum: it does not matter if he was a Pukhtoon or not. Munawar Hussain had his good and bad quality as leader.
    Way to go Jamat I Islami. Secret Balleting is not a good Idea. 32000 thousand ballots are not much for Jamat E Islami unless these are Basic Democrates from Ayub Khans Style of Political System.

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  • Mar 31, 2014 - 1:29AM

    Democracy with strict restriction of electorates is more like democracy of former USSR, rule of Talibans, Post 1979 Iranian government system. Unlike PPP and PML nawaz, MQM and J.I has a totalitarian system so shall we praise such democracy? it is as bad as so-called democracy under Ayub Khan Zia and Musharaf. God save us from such bogus democracies and such supper democrats. Our media too expose such forms of bad democracies. Tuhada sukreyaRecommend

  • Sami
    Mar 31, 2014 - 10:37AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad… What is your ideology that we should accept?

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  • expaki
    Mar 31, 2014 - 1:12PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Chaudhary Sahib, JI is not a political party, but a cult. something like one in john town, which made world news headings for months.

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