Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a unique Politician, he was educated in madrassa Darul Uloom Haqania in Akhora Khattak. He was junior to Afghan Taliban leader the late Mullah Mohammad Omar,both students of the late Maulana Samiul Haq.
Maulana’s approach to politics has often left liberals and rightists bewildered, ever since he became the Ameer (Leader) of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in 1980. The recent Azadi March, has put Maulana on the political map way ahead of the PPP and PML-N. Maulana’s hasty demands of Imran Khan’s resignation and fresh elections looked not only unreasonable but also undemocratic.
Maulana stresses on the point that there is no personal resentment for Imran Khan and he is only doing what is right for the people. Maulana seems to be having a hard time accepting that a man, who joined politics 16 years after him, not only ousted him from his own constituency but is now the prime minister of Pakistan. PTI has also established itself in KPK since 2013, owing to the consistent stance against the military operation in the tribal areas. Maulana has been challenged by Imran Khan on Afghan front as well as the religious side.
Imran Khan is also facing a dilemma that was unforeseen by the PTI. It was never expected that Maulana could conjure up such an immense crowd towards Islamabad. Imran Khan’s predicament is resolving the current situation, despite army’s decision to support the ‘elected government’. Imran Khan is proving to be Maulana’s toughest rivalry, in the last decade. Failure in Azadi March’ for Maulana would make returning to the parliament a very difficult task, as JUI-F rejected the election results. Furthermore, PPP and PML-N denied his plea not to take an oath.
Maulana has a deep history in politics; he became the Ameer at a very young age of 26. He had stood up to an army dictator (Gen Zia) in 1981. Maulana had a good relationship with PPP from the beginning. He cleverly managed opposition within the JUI, over accepting woman as PM (Benazir Bhutto). He later developed personal rapport with her husband former president Asif Ali Zardari.
Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics….Religion is merely a matter between man and God. -Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Maulana has received praise for his political acumen by multiple political figures, throughout the history of his political career. However, Maulana is also resented by many, for using religion as crutch for his personal agenda. He proves to be a man of all seasons who excels at analyzing the political situation for JUI-F a religion oriented political party. He currently holds the politics in Pakistan ‘hostage’, to give his rival Prime Minister Imran Khan a hard time. This curve ball in Imran’s field will definitely lead to new developments in the future and everyone is waiting to see how it will unfold.
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