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KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JIP) has commenced the process of selecting its new emir, with the head of the party’s election commission proposing three candidates.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj-ul-Haq on Monday stepped down from his post after his party failed to make an impact in the general elections 2024.
“Accepting responsibility for the defeat in the election, I resign from the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami,” Siraj said in a post on X.
According to JIP spokesperson Qaiser Sharif, Liaqat Baloch, and Hafiz Naeemur Rehman have been recommended for the position.
Sharif mentioned that party members are also invited to nominate any other suitable candidate. He outlined that the election for the new emir is scheduled to conclude by March 31, 2024, with the results slated for announcement by the election commission president in April 2024.
Highlighting the party’s constitutional provisions, the Jamaat-e-Islami spokesperson stated that regular elections are mandated at all levels of the party. Moreover, the election for the emir occurs every five years in accordance with the party’s constitution.
In March 2019, Sirajul Haq was re-elected as the emir (chief) of the country’s prominent religious party for another five-year term, having initially assumed the top position in 2014.
Hafiz Naeemur Rehman presently serves as the president of JI’s Karachi chapter and holds expertise as an engineer, boasting 20 years of experience in industrial and significant residential projects focused on water treatment solutions.