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  • Situationer: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam at one hundred

    KARACHI: In the Pakistani political milieu, few parties have strong pre-partition roots, apart from the various Pakistan Muslim League factions, which nearly all claim to channel the spirit of the grand old party that gave birth to this nation...

    Most mainstream parties are relatively young: the Pakistan Peoples Party was formed in the late 1960s; the Muttahida Qaumi Movement began its journey in the 1980s while the Pakistan...

  • COVER STORY: Jamiat’s Stranglehold

    The contradiction could not have been starker: if the urbane, sophisticated side of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba is represented by former stalwarts such as Hafiz Salman Butt or Javed Hashmi, its violent, uncouth ways are manifested in the ugly events that transpired on March 21, 2017...

    On the day, two days before Pakistan Day, Pakhtun and Baloch students of the Punjab University (PU) were celebrating Pakhtun Cultural Day on the new...

  • Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami

    Nine people were arrested after a raid on a house in Dhaka's northern neighbourhood of Uttara, including the top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Maqbul Ahmed, deputy leader Shafiqur Rahman and former member of parliament Golam Parwar...

    Ahmed, 79, has not appeared in any public meeting or political activities after he was elected as the head of the party last October, months after the execution of previous leader Motiur Rahman...

  • Bangladesh court rejects calls to hang Jamaat-i-Islami's Delwar Hossain Sayeedi

    Rejecting calls for him to be hanged, Bangladesh's top court Monday upheld a life sentence for Jamaat-i-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, convicted of committing war crimes...

    The Supreme Court stood by its 2014 decision to jail Delwar Hossain Sayeedi for life over atrocities committed during the 1971 conflict that resulted in the separation of East and West Pakistan...

  • Afghanistan signs draft pact with Hekmatyar's Hizb-i-Islami

    KABUL: Afghanistan signed a draft agreement on Wednesday with the Hizb-i-Islami group in a move the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency...

    Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of widespread abuses, particularly during civil war in the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime...

  • Jamaat-i-Islami leader asks Bangladesh court to commute death sentence

    DHAKA: The lawyer representing the head of Bangladesh's Jamaat-i-Islami party appealed on Wednesday to the country's Supreme Court to commute his death penalty for war crimes to life in prison...

    Leader of Jamaat-i-Islami Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged last month, shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency...

  • Afghan govt set to finalise peace deal with Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islami

    Ataul Rahman Saleem, deputy head of Kabul's High Peace Council, told The Associated Press that the deal with the armed wing of Hezb-i-Islami could be completed on Sunday, after two years of negotiations...

    A senior representative of Hezb-i-Islami, Amin Karim, also said he expected President Ashraf Ghani to approve the final version of the agreement on Sunday...

  • Sindh govt granting land to Dawat-i-Islami for varsity

    KARACHI: The Sindh government has principally ‘accepted’ the request from Dawat-i-Islami, which calls itself a peaceful movement for preaching the Quran and Sunnah, to grant it 150 acres of land in Karachi to establish a university of international standards, said an official on Wednesday...

    The decision came four months after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari visited the centre of the organisation in...

  • Poll nominations create rifts in Jamaat-i-Islami's Lower Dir leaders

    TIMERGARA: Serious rifts have emerged among the local leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami after the nomination of the party’s candidates for two national and five provincial assembly seats in the Lower Dir district...

    A strong group comprising members of the JI district executive council and having support of thousands of workers publicly announced the formation of ‘Jamaat Islami Bachao Tehreek’ (save the JI movement)...

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