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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hafiz Naeem replaces Siraj ul Haq as emir of Jamaat-i-Islami

Among these contenders were Sirajul Haq and Liaquat Baloch, with Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman emerging as the successful candidate.

In a significant development within Pakistan’s political landscape, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has ascended to the role of Amir (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), a prominent religious and political entity in the country. This announcement came after a decision by the majority of Jamaat-e-Islami members on Thursday.

Hafiz Naeem, a resident of Karachi and a civil engineer by profession, has also identified himself as an environmentalist on his social media platforms. The process of selecting the party chief in Jamaat-e-Islami is a crucial event occurring every five years. This time, the party’s central consultative body, the Markazi Shura, put forward three names for consideration to lead the JI members. Among these contenders were distinguished figures such as Sirajul Haq and Liaquat Baloch, with Hafiz Naeemur Rehman emerging as the successful candidate.

Sirajul Haq, the outgoing chief, had held the position of Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami since 2014, marking a decade-long tenure. Prior to him, influential leaders such as Syed Munawar Hassan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Mian Tufail Muhammad, and Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maududi have all assumed this prestigious responsibility.

6th Emir of JI

The historical significance of Jamaat-e-Islami within Pakistan’s political framework is noteworthy. Founded in 1941 by Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, the party has played a crucial role in shaping the ideological and political discourse of the nation over the years.

Rashid Naseem, the JI Election Commission President, announced the election results during a press conference in Lahore. He mentioned that while the party did not have a definitive candidate for the emir post, three names were suggested to the members for consideration. Naseem also highlighted an 82% voter turnout and expressed hopes for Hafiz Naeem’s success in his new role.

Hafiz Naeem now becomes the sixth individual to hold the post, following a lineage of leaders. Sirajul Haq had initially resigned from his position after a disappointing electoral outcome but later withdrew his resignation upon the Jamaat Shura’s decision.

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In congratulating Hafiz Naeem on his election, Sirajul Haq expressed prayers for his success, emphasizing the significance of this election for the country, the party, and the Muslim community.