Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman the son of a great scholar Mufti Mahmood was born in June 19, 1953. He is an integral part of Pakistani politics and has a history of his own. He has been an influential politician, powerful religious personality and alongside a controversial figure due to the scandal of Diesel misappropriation. It is a general concept about him that he cannot and doesn't keep himself out of power corridors. He is the Secretary-General of the JUI(F) party. He asserted his influential role in regional policy regarding Jammu Kashmir and Afghanistan. He came to limelight in 1988 when he gave his support to the late Bibi Benazir Bhutto and also supported Benazir’s political campaign in 1993 general election. He was criticized widely for supporting a woman to become the prime minister of Pakistan.
After Benazir Bhutto had departed from Pakistan in 1998 he accepted the appointment as an the Leader of the Opposition until 1999. After the 2002 elections, Maulana Sahib assumed the office of Leader of the Opposition where he worked with Benazir Bhutto opposing President Pervez Musharraf and Prime minister Shaukat Aziz. After successfully getting some seats in 2008 general elections, Maulana later intensified his role in a left-wing alliance led by PPP and provided vital support to Yousaf Raza Gillani to form the government.
Despite many controversies this is a fact that Maulana Fazal ur Rehman is a renowned and qualified scholar. Besides getting Islamic education from local madrassahs, he also got a degree from famous Al-Azhar University of Egypt which is known for its high quality and authentic Islamic Education, so many people opposing him in politics cannot deny his grip on theological and Islamic ideological fronts.
He has also been a connecting medium between America and Afghan Taliban before the episode of 9/11 attacks. He also performed his duties as Kashmir Committee Chairman.
In the Present Scenario of Pakistani Politics, again CM of Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif met with Maulana and invited him to join the government and he gave his consent as always he had done in past. We hope to see more interesting and obviously very influential role of Maulana Fazal ur Rehman in Pakistani Politics in future.
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