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Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman( مولانا فضل الرحمٰن دامت برکاتہم), (born on June 19, 1953 inAbdul Khel, Dera Ismail Khan) is a right-wing politician and cleric, currently serving as the General Secretary and the President of the Assembly of Islamic Clerics (F), and an extremely important ally of Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani's led cabinet government. Rose to national politics in 1988, Rahman has been a traditionally strong ally of Benazir Bhutto since 1988 and considered to be influenced and assisted Benazir Bhutto to to help the regime of Taliban after which she helped established the Taliban's Afghanistan in 1996.

After Benazir Bhutto departed from Pakistan 1998, Rahman acted as interim Leader of the Opposition until 1999. After the 2002 elections, Rahman took the office of Leader of the Opposition where he worked with Benazir Bhutto to tackle down the government of General Pervez Musharraf and Prime minister Shaukat Aziz. Since the 2008 parliamentary elections, Rahman has been an integral personality in Yousaf Raza Gillani's led cabinet government, and has extremely deep influence on Asif Ali Zardari's and Gillani's domestic policies on War on Terror.

Background

Moulana Fazal Ur Rehman inherited from his father public support in their native area of Dera Ismail Khan. Of the four general elections that Fazl ur-Rahman contested since 1988 from his national assembly constituency, NA-18, he won two with convincing margins. In 1990 and 1997 he lost allegedly because of engineered results that entrusted heavy mandates to the Sharifs of Lahore on both occasions. It was because of the family's spport in the Dera Ismail Khan constituency that Maulana Mufti Mahmud defeated the then invincible Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the 1970 general elections.

Fazl ur-Rahman's politics, like his father's, has been at odds with the Muslim League. The father was in Jama'at Ulema-i-Hind (Madani group) which shared the views of the Congress on the partition issue. Fazl ur-Rahman remained in the camp of the political alliances and parties that were opposed to Nawaz Sharif's League. Only once did he contest the election in alliance with the PML, in 1990, and then too he lost.

Fazl ur-Rahman built his public image by supporting Zulfaqir Ali Bhutto's daughter Benazir Bhutto and the PPP during her second term as the prime minister. Molana is only famous in orthodox molvis.

Current status

Fazal-ur-Rahman is in opposition in the National Assembly and Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. His party has been implicated with the government of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Molana Fazal Rehman was greatly supported by Hazrat Molana Khuwaja Khan Muhammad Sahib of Kundian (a leader of Khatme Nabuwat. He is also known as ameeri jamiat and Moulana. He is regarded by some as an opportunist posing as an Islamic leader. However, his critics tagged him with the name "Maulana Diesel" in the past government of Benazir Bhutto due to his involvement in permits and making a lot of money. Opponents regard him as a corrupt man who is tarnishing the image of Islam.

Member of National Assembly of Pakistan

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has been elected to National Assembly on multiple occasions. He was appointed as Chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs in the second government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He was Leader of the Opposition between 2004–2007, as he was leading a sizable contingent of opposition parliamentarians (mainly from MMA).

He is originally from Abdulkhel Panyala in the Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.There are many corruption charges on him and his brother Molana Lutfur Rehman.

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