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As the July 25 general elections are around the corner, political parties and independent candidates have geared up their campaign for the crucial elections. All the contestant parties have finalized award to their ticket to their potential men who can secure the berth for them in the upcoming parliament.
Parties with right-leaning especially the religious parties are also taking part in the polls with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. When it comes to religious parties candidates, a general perception comes in the mind that they will be some pass out of religious seminaries or prayers leaders of any mosques.
But the perception is not altogether true as some of the religious parties especially Jamaat-e-Islami which is considered the most organized one, have a blend of men highly educated, professionals from chartered accountants to PhDs and Advocates to University Professor.
As Jamaat-e-Islami is one of the most popular Islamic and political parties of Pakistan, so I decided to meet their candidates and I was expecting long-bearded people in kameez shalwar with only Madarsa education background and will be talking about any particular sect (firqa) and how to worship but what happened next to me may amaze you…
1. Chartered Accountant – Muhammad Hussain Mehnti:
Muhammad Hussain Mehnti is another chartered accountant in the party, He is contesting from NA247 Karachi.
2. Businessman – Mr. Zahid Saeed:
Mr. Zahid Saeed is Vice President at The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, former President at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry, former Chairman at Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, He is JI candidate for NA244. Green crescent trust is run by few of the philanthropist of Karachi. Mr. Zahid Saeed is one of them.
The Green Crescent Trust (GCT) is providing education to the underprivileged since 1995. Starting with one school and 65 students, GCT now has a network of 50 Hilal Public Schools across Sindh. Currently, the Hilal Public Schools are catering to more than 7,000 students through 400 teachers.
3. Tennis Player – Mr. Syed Qutub Ahmed
It’s 13-D-1 block of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Mr. Syed Qutub Ahmed’s residence candidate of JI – MMA for PS102, he has done Masters in Information Systems from UMT and certifications from LUMS, running several businesses in city relating to Software development, Islamic finance, and marketing. He is the motivational speaker and sportsman as well, In world ranking of the tennis player, he was ranked 471 by ITF seniors.
4. Chartered Accountant – Mr. Wajih Hassan:
It’s Naizmabad block 4 where resides Mr. Wajih Hassan, who is also contesting July 25 polls from PS128 Karachi. He is a Chartered Accountant and currently serving as a CEO in a private organization. This man has to his credit the very popular idea of books sharing camps in Karachi with the slogan “Perho or Perhao”. These camps are organized every year at the start of school sessions so people can donate books that aren’t in their use and get books for their upcoming sessions. This free of cost books exchanging campaign attracts thousands of low-income citizens living in Nazimabad, Federal B Area and other parts of the city.
The campaign is very successful as it helps thousands of low-income household to get free of cost books for their children at the start of new academic sessions. Here we share some comments from the people who benefited from the campaign – “I was about to pull my children from school due to the financial crisis but after getting whole course free of cost I changed my decision”. A woman writes: “I was in search of a pair of shoes for my son… I was searching for his size in different old shoes… suddenly one new pair of the shoe fitted to my son and I was not able to stop my tears….”
5. Hafiz & Civil Engineer – Engineer Naeem-ur-Rehman:
Engineer Naeem-ur-Rehman, who heads the JI Karachi, is a civil engineer. He has done his graduation in civil engineering from NED University Karachi. he is Hafiz – e – Quran as well and contesting elections from NA250 Karachi, On the water, power crisis and Nadra ID card issue, he launched major campaigns in the city.
6. Doctor – Meraj-ul-Huda Siddiqui:
Meraj-ul-Huda Siddiqui is MMA candidate from a National Assembly’s constituency of Karachi. Siddiqui is a doctor who has done his MBBS from Dow University of Health Sciences. He is contesting election from NA256 North Nazimabad Karachi.
I have only introduced you 6 professional candidates of Jamaat Islami Karachi & Muttahida Majlis-e- Amal. Most of them are possessing higher positions in the party and there are many other professionals in the party who are contesting General Elections 2018. These highly educated and professional Islamists are capable enough to represent the largest city of the country and if voted to power they have the required skills and competence to face the diverse challenges Pakistan especially Karachi is facing at present.
They (Islamists) have many success stories of efficient service delivery, good governance, transparency, development. Whenever the JI was voted to power in the city, it delivered remarkably and even the opponents acknowledge that. Former city Nazim Karachi Naimat Ullah Khan and his team proved during their city governance, Former President Pervez Musharaf and ex-governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul ibad also praised Naimat Ullah on several occasions.