Expelled JUI-F leaders announce formation of separate faction

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Observer Report

Islamabad

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) estranged leaders have announced to separate their faction of the party from the one led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
The cracks within the JUI-F, the country’s largest politico-religious party deepened last week when the party’s leadership expelled four of its senior members for “deviating from the party policy” and for “creating party within the party”.
The JUI-F disciplinary committee took action against Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan and Maulana Shuja-ul-Mulk.
Addressing a news conference along with other senior leaders in Islamabad on Tuesday, Maulana Sherani said they inherited Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) from their “great leaders” and it was Fazl who later established separate faction – JUI-F – in his own name. Sherani said the membership of expelled leaders is still intact as per the constitution of the party as they are part of the JUI-P and added that they will not take any step which is against the Islamic teachings.

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