ISLAMABAD: The recently expelled leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) will meet in Islamabad next week amid reports that a new faction of the party could launch on the occasion.
As the JUI-F is said to be facing resentment from its senior cadres over the expulsion of Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Gul Naseeb and Maulana Shujaul Mulk, they have reportedly decided to launch their own faction against Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
A JUI-F member, who asked not to be named, said the four leaders would meet in Islamabad on December 29 and like-minded party members were also expected to attend the meeting.
They will announce their future course of action at a press conference after the meeting.
The four JUI-F leaders were expelled from the party on Friday by decision of its disciplinary committee.
Meeting of expelled leaders in Islamabad next week
Party sources said the group of dissidents was headed by the former president of the Council of Islamic Ideology Maulana Sherani, who had been the head of the JUI-F Balochistan chapter for some 32 years.
Former senator and former JUI-F spokesman Hafiz Hussain is also from Balochistan.
Former Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb and former MNA Maulana Shuja belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, Maulana Shuja, in a statement issued on Saturday, called the expulsion of senior JUI-F leaders illegal “because the proper process had not been adopted.”
He said Maulana Fazl was trying to pit the ulama and party leaders against state institutions just to save herself from the corruption cases that the NAB would bring up. “If Maulana sahib is clean, he must present his record to the NAB and everything will be clear,” Maulana Shuja said, adding that just from the notices sent to him by the accountability watchdog, Maulana Fazl was asking the workers of the party to mount a sit-in. In s.
In a statement, Hafiz Hussain said that he was removed from office for rejecting the accusations made by Nawaz Sharif against the military leadership, as they were not in line with JUI-F policies. He described the PDM as an “unnatural alliance.”
Meanwhile, another dissident JUI-F group, which had split from Maulana Fazl in 2007, criticized both Maulana Fazl and Maulana Sherani at a press conference at the National Press Club.
Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni, naib [deputy] JUI-Nazaryati Emir, stated that the four expelled party leaders were in contact with his group.
Maulana Luni said that Maulana Fazl was indulging in “hereditary politics” as she had appointed her son as the JUI-F parliamentary leader in the National Assembly and made his brother a senator.
He described Maulana Fazl as a “paid politician” who was struggling just to get to power and currently playing the “role of lawyer” to secure an NRO for himself and others.
Maulana Luni said that the PTI government should complete its mandate.
He said the PDM was active against the country under a well thought out plan, but its leaders were divided to protect their vested interests.
The JUI-N was formed in 2007 after Maulana Asmatullah developed differences with Maulana Fazl on various policy issues.
However, in February 2016, Maulana Fazal convinced Maulana Asmatullah to rejoin the party and consequently her two factions, JUI-Fazl and JUI-Nazaryati, merged. But a group led by Maulana Luni opposed the merger and announced that it would continue to oppose JUI-F policies.
Posted in Dawn, Dec 27, 2020