Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
|Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan|
12 March 2015
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Sabir Ali Baloch|
|Born||1957 (age 60–61)
Gazag, Kalat District, Pakistan
|Political party||Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F)|
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri (Urdu: مولانا عبد غفور حیدری; born c. 1957) is a Pakistani politician. He has served as the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan since 12 March 2015 and has been the central General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party since 1995.
Haideri was born in June 1957. He received his early education in his village. In 1979, he completed his religious education and passed examinations from the Examination Board of Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia.
Haideri was active in Tehrik-e-Khatm-e-Nabowat in 1974 and Tehreek Nizam-e-Mustafa in 1977, for which police twice imprisoned him. In 1983, he was elected General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party in Quetta district. He got himself arrested a third time on 14 August 1983 in Manan square in Quetta during the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy's campaign to 'Fill the Prisons' and destabilize President Zia ul-Haq's government. The military sentenced him to ten lashes and one year in Sibi prison.
He opened the Jamia Shah Wali Ullah school in Kalat in October 1984, teaching there from 1985 to 1990.
In 2001, Haideri campaigned against Pakistan's cooperation with the US government's Global War on Terror, touring the country and earning his fourth arrest, this time on seven counts of mutiny. He spent five months in jail in Quetta before winning another election to the National Assembly.
In 2013, he became the Minister of State for Postal Services. "Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Maulana Haideri, who is Minister of State for Postal Services, condemned the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar and said the state had no right to suspend the death penalty. JUI-F General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has said that a moratorium on death penalty is encouraging terrorists and has limited counter-terrorism action in the country." Abdul Ghafoor Haideri maintains, "Only a victim's kin has the right to pardon the killer with or without taking compensation. This is an Islamic way of justice and being an ideological state, Pakistan should have Islamic laws."
On 12 May 2017, he managed to escape in an ISIL bombing shortly after the end of Friday prayers near the town of Mastung that targeted him; he was lightly wounded by pieces of glass from the windscreen of his car.
Sen. Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, deputy chairman of Pakistan's upper house, was leaving a mosque when the blast went off in Mastung. [...] District health officer Dr. Sher Zaman told Pakistan's Geo News that 25 people died and 35 others with injuries were taken to hospitals in Quetta.
Sabir Ali Baloch
|Deputy Chairman of the Senate