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Siraj ul Haq
Siraj ul Haq
Pakistani Senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
12 March 2015
senator of Pakistan Senate
In office
2 June 2013 – 24 July 2014
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Governor Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi
Constituency Lower Dir
Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
In office
30 March 2014 – 2019
Preceded by Syed Munawar Hasan
Former Finance Minister of KPK
In office
Personal details
Born lower Dir
Resting place Mansora , lahore
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Jamaat-e-Islami
Residence Mansora, Lahore (official)and Lower Dir (Personal)
Alma mater University of Punjab , University of Peshawar.
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Siraj ul Haq (born 5 September 1962) (Urdu: سراج الحق‎) also known as Sirajul Haq is a Pakistani Islamist politician who was elected as the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, a strong rooted politico-religious, Islamic democratic party in Pakistan with objective to establish Islamic laws in Pakistan.[1] He also served as the senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, serving in the Pervez Khattak administration.[2] He is the only senator and member of Provincial assembly who has no bank account.

Early years[edit]

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. During the University political period, he was the Chief of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba from 1988 to 1991.[3] He has been elected two times as MPA from PK-95 constituency.

Political career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] He remains immensely popular in his constituency and known for his modesty among friends and foes alike.[6]

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 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, "Baba-e-Jamhooriyat", from the Government of Pakistan on 14 August 2014 by President Mamoon Hussain.

In 2015, he fought the election for senate. He won the election and is a senator in Parliament of Pakistan now. He is considered to be a senior member of Parliament of Pakistan.