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Siraj ul Haq
|Vice President of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal|
Assumed office |
20 March 2018
|Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami|
Assumed office |
30 March 2014
|Preceded by||Syed Munawar Hasan|
|Pakistani Senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
Assumed office |
12 March 2015
|Senior Minister and Provincial Minister of Finance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
2 June 2013 – 24 June 2014
30 November 2002 – 11 October 2007
|Residence||Mansoorah, Lahore (Official) and Lower Dir (Personal)|
University of Peshawar|
University of Punjab
|Net worth||₨2.93 million (US$28,000)|
Siraj ul Haq (born 5 September 1962) (Urdu: سراج الحق) is a Pakistani Islamist politician who was elected as the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious, Islamic democratic party in Pakistan with objective to establish Islamic laws in Pakistan. He also served as the senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, serving in the Pervez Khattak administration. He is the only senator and member of Provincial assembly who has no bank account so as to ignore interest. He is often praised for his simple lifestyle and honesty.
Siraj ul Haq was born in Samarbagh village of the Lower Dir District into a Pushtoon family. He got his early education from the local high school of the region and studied Political Science in the University of Peshawar and MA (Education) from University of Punjab (1990). During the University period, he studied the books of Maulana Syed Abul Aala Maududi and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui. He joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba and became the Chief of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba from 1988 to 1991. He has been elected two times as MPA from PK-95 constituency.
He was elected to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in the 2002 election from the platform of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and was made finance minister in the provincial cabinet under the leadership of Akram Khan Durrani. However, he allegedly resigned in protest against the deadly US drone strike on a Madrassa in Bajaur Agency which resulted in the deaths of 86 children. Though the then Ameer Jamat e Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad claimed that it was the party decision to vacate one of the two offices i.e. Ministry and Ameer Jamat e Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then N.W.F.P. His party boycotted the 2008 election. In 2013, he contested on Jamaat-e-Islami's ticket and was elected to the assembly.
He remained the Deputy Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami until 30 March 2014 when he was elected as the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. He remains immensely popular in his constituency and known for his modesty among friends and foes alike.
He later resigned from his ministry (Ministry of Finance) in June 2014 right after budget because according to party rules, one man cannot hold two offices at a time. At that time, he was Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami and Senior Minister in KPK Assembly.
He gained immense popularity when Imran Khan And Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri announced the Long March against Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Nawaz Sharif. He acted as a neutral figure. He convinced the Government and Imran Khan for negotiations and due to his efforts the government became stable. He said that the Jamaat-e-Islami will not let democracy derail. Political Differences aside, we will save democracy. For his utmost efforts, he later received an award from the Government of Pakistan on 14 August 2014 by President Mamnoon Hussain.
In 2015, he fought the election for senate. He won the election and is a senator in Parliament of Pakistan. He is considered to be a senior member of Parliament of Pakistan.
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- "JI Ameer Siraj ul Haq resigns KPK ministry". 24 July 2014.
- "Sirajul Haq new JI Ameer".
- Ali, Kalbe (24 April 2016). "Except one, JUI-F, JI senators have no declared sources of income".
- "Pakistan strikes religious school; 80 are reported dead". The New York Times. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "Sirajul Haq elected as new Jamaat-e-Islami chief for five years".
- "Sirajul Haq replaces Munawar Hassan as chief of Jamaat-e-Islami - The Express Tribune". 30 March 2014.
- "Changing traditions: Sirajul Haq picked to head JI - The Express Tribune". 31 March 2014.
- "Sirajul Haq resigns as K-P senior minister - The Express Tribune". 23 July 2014.
- "Govt, PTI negotiations will be successful: Sirajul Haq".