ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate (PTI) Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed in the upcoming presidential election, said JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch on Friday.
The announcement was made just hours after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced it will boycott the elections.
In a statement issued here, Baloch said that JI has made this decision after deliberations with its parliamentary party and its Khyber Pakhtunkhawa wing.
The JI Secretary General informed the press that Tehrik-e-Insaf leaders Arif Alvi, Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed contacted the JI leadership in this regard, adding that the PPP, too, telephoned the JI leadership to try to get them to boycott the polls.
Liaquat Baloch intimated that the JI had tried to bring a combined candidate from all opposition parties, a move that didn't work on account of PPP's one-sided boycott. Baloch condemned the boycott saying that the PPP did not take JI into confidence.
While announcing his party's support for PTI's candidate, Baloch added that Justice (r) Wajih had also been the JI's presidential candidate in 2008.
Ahmed's nomination papers were submitted by PTI MNA Arif Alvi on his behalf on July 26.
The presidential election has been rescheduled to July 29 after Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) asked Supreme Court to review the date earlier set by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
PTI candidate - Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed
Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed is a retired senior judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a former member of Pakistan’s higher judiciary and the central figure of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Born on December 1, 1938 to the highly-reputed Chief Justice of West Pakistan High Court and Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Waheeduddin Ahmed in Karachi, Justice Ahmed was enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court and served as a lecturer at the SM Law College for bachelor’s and master’s level classes. He was consecutively elected unopposed as president of Sindh High Court Bar Association in 1977 and 1978 and was also elected President of Karachi Bar Association in 1981.
He was appointed as the Advocate General Sindh on 19 November 1986 and elevated to the bench of the Sindh High Court as a judge in 1988. He became the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court from November 5, 1997 to May 4, 1998 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1998.
He joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on January 10, 2011.
He resigned from the Supreme Court of Pakistan instead of taking oath of the office according to Pervez Musharraf’s Provisional Constitutional Order. He has also been nominated by the lawyers community as a presidential candidate against Pervez Musharraf in 2007 elections in Pakistan.