jamaat-e-islami-pakistanOn 26 August 1941 in Lahore, Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Class, JI), a rightist, Islamist party, was founded by Abul Ala Maududi, a Muslim theologian and philosopher. It aims to create an Islamic democracy in Pakistan ruled under Sharia law. The JI elects its leader (Emir) democratically; Siraj ul Haq is the incumbent emir. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, JI moved its base to West Pakistan (remaining members formed the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind). During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 it opposed the independence of Bangladesh, but in 1975 it established an independent political party there, the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. JI now has its headquarters in Mansoorah, Lahore. JI has an association with international Muslim groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. JI holds 4 seats in the National Assembly, one seat in the Senate and 7 seats in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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