Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman is the son of Mufti Mahmud (Former provincial Chief Minister).
He born on June 19, 1953 in Abdul Khel, Dera Ismail Khanwas elected as MNA for his third term on an MMAP seat. He is the President (Ameer) of JUI(F). He is also Secretary General of MMAP.Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman is one of the few amongst the political leaders of Pakistan, who, in addition to the countrywide large public support, wields quite an influence across the borders. The Taliban movement inside Afghanistan, which is considered to be the creation of the madressahs run by Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman’s faction of the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam (JUI), has restored his political importance within Pakistan.

The amount of influence wielded by the JUI on the Taliban due to its capacity to raise battalions of fighters has given a new dimension to his politics. The Taliban phenomenon, overwhelmingly accepted in areas already influenced by religious thoughts, specially the southern districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the majority areas of FATA and pockets in Balochistan, has given a boost to the popularity graph of the JUI in these regions.

The hundreds of Madressahs run by the Maulana’s religio-political JUI in all the four provinces of the country and in FATA provide him and his party the fuel for electioneering politics.

The JUI’s hard core supporters in the rural areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and some of the Pakhtoon dominated areas of Balochistan besides the party’s ability to utilize the strength of its Madressahs in elections politics give the JUI an eminence over all the other religio-political parties of the country.

Capitalizing on the political line of action that he inherited from his father, Maulana Mufti Mahmood, Fazalur Rahman’s anti-secular politics and opposition to successive military governments equally played an important role in maintaining his public standing at a certain level.

He set up his own faction of JUI after parting ways with the undivided JUI, led by Maulana Darkhawsti, over the issue of extending support to the military regime of General Ziaul Haq. Although the JUI had been a part of the PNA in bringing about the overthrow of Bhutto, it later decided to go against the military regime and actively participated in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD).

JUI’s stand against the sitting military government is in continuation of the party’s line of action, which it adopted against the Zia regime. His father, Maulana Mufti Mahmood, who was a graduate from the Darul Uloom, Deoband, set the basis for Fazalur Rahman’s political expediency.

Being from a renowned religious family of the Abdulkhel Banyala area, in Dera Ismail Khan district, Maulana Fazalur Rahman inherited from his father mass public support from their native area.
Of all the four general elections that Fazalur Rahman contested since 1988 from his native D.I.Khan’s national assembly constituency, NA-18, he won two with convincing margins.

Of all the four general elections that Fazalur Rahman contested since 1988 from his native D.I.Khan’s national assembly constituency, NA-18, he won two with convincing margins.

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