Maulana Fazlur Rahman

Maulana Fazlur Rahman (b. June 19, 1953) heads the pro-Taliban Jamiat-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F), a faction of the Deobandi Jamiat-ul Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) party formed in November 1945. His father, Maulana Mufti Mahmoud, was an Islamic scholar and politician who was the North West Frontier Provinces (NWFP)'s chief minister in the 1970s. Fazlur Rahman took over as JUI's secretary general after his father's death. He has been a member of the National Assembly on numerous occasions. Under Benazir Bhutto’s second term as prime minister (1993-96) he served as the chairman of the national assembly’s committee on foreign affairs. From 2004-2007 he was the leader of the opposition. He was also the general secretary of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal  (MMA) a coalition of six religious parties formed in 2002 under General Pervez Musharraf.