Just days before Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUIF)’s Azadi March, NADRA cancelled the citizenship of one of its leaders, Hafiz Hamdullah.
NADRA labelled him as an ‘alien’. Hamdullah termed the move as ‘political victimization.’
Here are 7 things you probably did not know about Hafiz Hamdullah:
1. Maulana Hamdullah was elected as an MPA from Balochistan in the 2002 General Elections on a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal ticket.
2. Hafiz Hamdullah was a member of senate from 2012 to March 2018 as a JUI-F candidate.
3. According to NADRA, he is a confirmed Afghan national and fraudulently obtained his computerized national identity card (CNIC).
4. The JUIF leader served as Provisional Health Minister from 2002 till 2005.
5. Currently, he is the chairperson of senate committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
6. Hamdullah is also a member of functional committee on Government Assurances, Information Technology and Telecommunication and committee on Ports and Shipping.
7. The JUIF leader is believed to be a misogynist who once verbally a abused and tried to physically assault journalist, Marvi Sirmed on a live talk show on News One.
The JUIF leader’s citizenship cancellation came to light when Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a notice to TV channels, forbidding them from inviting the JUIF leader on talk shows referencing NADRA’s letter.
Following the cancellation of his CNIC, Hafiz Hamdullah has requested the Ministry of Interior for its restoration.