Notable

Sahibzada Haji Muhammad Fazal Karim (b. 24 October 1954) heads the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP-F). He was elected as a member of the national assembly in 2002 on a PML-N ticket. Previously he was a member of the Provincial Assembly Punjab from 1993-1997 and Minister of Punjab Province from 1997-1999.

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Maulana Ahmad Shah Noorani (1926-2003), was a barelvi sunni politician and scholar who served as leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP). He taught at Ahl Sunna wal Jamaah in Baghdad for a number of years. He was also Honorary Secretary General of the World Muslim Ulama Organization, a post he held for eleven years.

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Sajid Mir (b. 2nd October 1938) is a religious scholar and the amir of the Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith since 1992. Previously he was the Secretary Jamiat Ahle-Hadith Sialkot from 1962 to 1973, its Secretary General from 1973 to 1974 and again from 1987 to 1992.

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Liaquat Baloch (b. 9th December 1952) is a prominent member of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI). He was a member of parliament in 1985, 1990 and 2002. He was also the deputy leader of the oppostion in the national assembly.

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Qazi Hussain Ahmed (b. 12 January 1938) is the former amir (head) of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI). He became a member of the JI in 1970 and served JI as secretary and then amir of its North West Frontier Province (NWFP) branch. He was elected as amir of the party in 1987, an office he held till 2010.

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Sirajuddin Haqqani (b 1973) is the son of Jalauddin Haqqani. Like his father he is based in North Waziristan and is reported to be the current head of the Haqqani network given his fathers failing health.

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Jalaluddin Haqqani (b 1950) is the former head of the Haqqani network in Pakistan. An ethnic Pashtun from Afghanistan he fought in the anti-Soviet jihad in the 1980s. During this period he was an ally of the US and was supported by the US and CIA in his activities against the Soviets. It was also during this time that he also developed links with the ISI.

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Hakimullah Mehsud (b 1979) is the current Amir (leader) of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was born Jamshad Mehsud in South Waziristan, Pakistan. He served as Baitutllah Mehsuds’s bodyguard and was his close confidante. In 2004, he was named the TTP’s spokesman. In 2008 he was given the command of TTP operations in Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber districts.

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Baitullah Mehsud (1974-2009) was the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) based in Pakistan’s tribal area of South Waziristan. He belonged to the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan and was said to command 20,000 pro-Taliban militants, mostly belonging to his tribe.

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Maulana Azam Tariq (March 1962 - October 2003) was the co-founder of the Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) along with Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, whom he regarded as his mentor. After Jhangvi’s assassination in 1990, Tariq became the leader of the SSP. In 2001, Musharraf banned the SSP and Tariq was arrested.

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