Qazi Hussain Ahmad
|Qazi Hussain Ahmad
قاضی حسین احمد
|Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami|
7 October 1987 – 29 March 2009
|Preceded by||Tufail Muhammad|
|Succeeded by||Munawwar Hassan|
|President of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal|
10 October 2002 – 18 February 2008
|Preceded by||Shah Ahmad Noorani|
|Succeeded by||Alliance collapse|
12 January 1938|
Now Shera, Now Shera District, North-West Frontier, British Indian Empire
|Died||6 January 2013
|Nationality||British Subject (1938–1947)
|Alma mater||University of Peshawar
|Occupation||Foreign policy commentator, religious leader|
|Profession||Professor, religious leader|
Qazi Hussain Ahmad (Urdu: قاضی حسین احمد 12 January 1938 – 6 January 2013) was an Islamic scholar, clergyman, democracy activist, and former Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami, the rightist and socially conservative Islamist political party in Pakistan.
He was a strong critic of the counter-terrorism policy of the United States, and was widely known for his opposition to the United States' participation in the war against the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Qazi was born in 1938 in the house of Maulana Qazi Muhammad Abdul Rab at Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Nowshera District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Qazi Sahib is descendant of Seljoki Sheikh Hazrat Sheikh Akhund Adyan seljuki Baba/Akhuna din Baba ( شیخ اخوند ادین بابا /اخوندین بابا/سلجوقی), who was a teacher of Hazrat kaka sahib and contemporary of Khushal Khan Khattak. A teacher by profession, Maulana was appointed as the President of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Qazi Hussain Ahmed was the youngest among his ten siblings.
After having completed early education at home, Qazi Hussain Ahmad was admitted to Islamia College, Peshawar and got his Master of Science (MSc) degree in Geography from Peshawar University. He served as lecturer at Saidu Medical College Swat for three years, teaching at the graduate level. He left university after three years. After that he started his own business. He was elected as Vice-President, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Provincial) Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Living in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa gave him some familiarity with political affairs in neighboring Afghanistan.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed had two sons (Asif Luqman Qazi and Anas Farhan Qazi) and two daughters. His wife and children all are Jamaat-e-Islami activists. He spoke Urdu, English, Arabic, and Persian, in addition to his native tongue, Pashto. He was a great admirer of the poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal and employed quotes from both Iqbal's Urdu and Persian poetry in his speeches and conversations.
His affiliation with the Islamic Movement started in his school days when he joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, Pakistan. He became member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1970 and was elected to the office of President of its Peshawar branch. He served Jamaat-e-Islami as Secretary and then Ameer of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. He was raised to the office of Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1978 and after elected as Ameer (Chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1987, continued to serve in that capacity, getting re-elected four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003). In 2008, he declined to be elected once more and the members of his Party (Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan) elected Syed Munawwar Hassan as the new President of the Party.
He was Secretary General of the Muttahida Shariat Mahaz (1986). He is also the Central President of seized Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.
Qazi Hussain Ahmad was first elected as a member of the Senate of Pakistan in 1986 for a term of six years. Within Pakistan, he was a patron of organisations such as Pasban and founder of Shabab e Milli. He was Secretary General of the Muttahida Shariat Mahaz (1986).
Qazi Hussain Ahmad was first elected as member of the Senate of Pakistan in 1986 for a term of six years. He was re-elected as such in March 1992, but he resigned as a Senator in 1996 as a protest against corruption. He was elected as a Member of National Assembly in 2002 general elections from his native town. He served as the Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition Party Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
Qazi Hussain Ahmad traveled abroad widely to represent Jamaat at the international forums, lead goodwill missions, and in a personal capacity to mediate in issues concerning Muslims, such as the Iran-Iraq and the Persian Gulf War, the Balkan (Bosnia) crisis and the post-Soviet power struggle in Afghanistan. Even before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed was in close contact with Afghan mujahideen and met with top Afghan leaders. He helped build support in Pakistan for the movement and introduce the Afghan jihad to the outside world.
In 1997 Qazi launched a nationwide campaign to expand the party membership which brought in 4.5 million new members to the Jamaat. He was a staunch supporter of the Kashmiri insurgency against India and the initiator of the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
He wrote articles for national newspapers on a regular basis.
- "Munawar elected as new JI chief". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
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- EC. "Qazi Hussain Ahmed". Election Commission of Pakistan. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Qazi Hussain Ahmed passes away". Pak News. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- Former JI Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad Passes Away At 74 Video Report
|Party political offices|
Mian Tufail Mohammad
|Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
Syed Munawar Hasan