Early life and education
Hassan was born in Delhi, British India in August 1944. At the time of the Partition of India, he migrated with his family and settled in Karachi. He obtained a Master's in Sociology (1963) and in Islamic Studies (1966) from the University of Karachi.
Hassan joined the National Students Federation (NSF) - a student body with a communist ideology- and was elected its President in 1959. The real change appeared in his life when he got a chance to come closer to the activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960, became its member and soon he was elected as President of its University of Karachi Unit, Karachi City Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. Later, he reached its top slot and became all-Pakistan President in 1964 and served in that capacity for three consecutive terms. During his tenure of the President, the Jamiat organized several campaigns mobilizing public opinion regarding education problems, system of education, women education etc. etc.
He joined the Islamic Research Academy (IRAK) and later Islamic Jerusalem Studies, at Karachi as a Research Assistant in 1963 and raised to its Secretary Generalship in 1969. Under his supervision, the Academy published 70 scholarly books. He also rendered services as Managing Editor of the Monthly The Criterion and The Universal Message, Karachi.
Syed Munawar Hasan became a member of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1967. He served the Karachi unit as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Deputy Ameer and Ameer of the city. He was also elected to the Central Shura and the Executive Council of the Jama’at. He represented Jama’at at several platforms, including United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Pakistan National Alliance (PNA). Contesting National Assembly election in 1977, he secured the highest votes in Pakistan. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1992-93, and became Secretary General in 1993.
In a interview to a private TV channel, he called slain TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud, a 'Martyr' who was killed in an American drone strike. Further more he had reportedly said that if an American who died on the battlefield was not a martyr, then his backers were also not martyrs because they were chasing the same goal. This was implicitly directed towards the Pakistan Army. This prompted criticism from different circles, political, religious, civil society as well as from military. Sindh Assembly on 11-November-2013, passed a resolution condemning Munawar's statement. ISPR has also issued their concerns criticizing the statement, in a statement released by the ISPR spokesperson Asim Bajwa said, “Syed Munawar Hassan has tried to invent a logic based on his political convenience. Strong condemnation of his views from an overwhelming majority leaves no doubt in any one’s mind that all of us are very clear on what the state of Pakistan is and who are its enemies. The families of martyred army personnel and people who had lost their loved ones in the terrorist attacks demanded an “unconditional apology” from JI chief.” 
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan however has said the statement of their chief reflects his personal view and it is not their official party stand.
- Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan
- Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed
- Qazi Hussain Ahmad
- Liaqat Baloch
- Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi
- Munawar elected as new JI chief
|Party political offices|
Qazi Hussain Ahmad
|Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami