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SirajulHaq elected as new chief of Pakistan's Islamist party
PESHAWAR,PAKISTAN--Members of the Jamat Islami(JI) Pakistan-a conservative party has elected Siraj-ul-Haq, having the portfolio of Pakistan’s province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) finance ministry as the new party chief for the next five years.
Haq would have to quite the portfolio of finance ministry as the party constitution not permitting a member to have both the party and government office. Sources said
Senior member of the party Liaqat Baloch and former Emir Syed Munawar Hassan was also the contesting candidates for the Emir slot.
Haq is the senior member of JI belongs to Pakistan’s northern district Lower Dir and currently serving KPK government as a finance minister. He also served JI students wing Islami Jamiat Talba as a president twice in his student’s life. He completed his intermediate education from the government college Timergara-some 400 KM far away from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.
Haq completed his bachelor and master degree from University of Peshawar and University of the Punjab respectively.
He was also the provincial minister at Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal(MMA)-a religious parties collation government in Pakistan after 2002 general elections in NWFP(now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
Although He resigned in 2006 from the cabinet as a protest over strike on a seminary at Pakistan’s tribal region Bajaur agency which left 80 alleged militants killed.
The new party chief always appeared to be the strong critics of the military operation and drones strikes against the Pakistani "militants" in tribal areas of Pakistan.