Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman,(born on June 19, 1953 in Abdul Khel, Dera Ismail Khan) is a Muslim Pakistani politician. He is the President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. He is also Secretary General of MMAP.
Fazal-ur-Rahman inherited from his father public support in their native area of Dera Ismail Khan. Of the four general elections that Fazal-ur-Rahman contested since 1988 from his national assembly constituency, NA-18, he won two with convincing margins. In 1990 and 1997 he lost allegedly because of engineered results that entrusted heavy mandates to the Sharifs of Lahore on both occasions. It was because of the family’s support in the Dera Ismail Khan constituency that Maulana Mufti Mahmud defeated the then invincible Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the 1970 general elections.
Fazl ur-Rahman’s politics, like his father’s, has been at odds with the Muslim League. The father was in Jama’at Ulema-i-Hind (Madani group) which shared the views of the Congress on the partition issue. Fazal-ur-Rahman remained in the camp of the political alliances and parties that were opposed to Nawaz Sharif’s League. Only once did he contest the election in alliance with the PML, in 1990, and then too he lost.
Fazal-ur-Rahman built his public image by supporting Zulfaqir Ali Bhutto’s daughter Benazir Bhutto and the PPP during her second term as the prime minister.
Fazal-ur-Rahman is in opposition in the National Assembly and Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. His party has been implicated with the government of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Molana Fazal Rehman was greatly supported by Hazrat Molana Khuwaja Khan Muhammad Sahib of Kundian(a leader of Khatme Nabuwat). He is also known as ameeri jamiat
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has been elected to National Assembly on multiple occasions. He was appointed as Chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs in the second government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He was Leader of the Opposition between 2004–2007, as he was leading a sizable contingent of opposition parliamentarians (mainly from MMA).
He is originally from Abdulkhel Panyala in the Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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