LAHORE - Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) was likely to face a split in next few days as a clash between party President Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair and Secretary General Qari Zawar Bahar has deepened.
JUP Secretary General Qari Zawar Bahadur served a defamation notice to claim damages to the tune of Rs 100 million against Dr Abul Kahir Muhammad Zubair. Dr Zubair had levelled allegations against Qari Zawar Bahadur of a political deal with PML-N and damaging the party and embezzlement of medicines which had been sent by Belgium for flood affectees.
Qari Zawar Bahadur’s lawyer Saim Chaudhry served legal notice to Dr Zubair asking him to provide proofs of the allegations which he had levelled against his client within 15 days ,otherwise, he will file a case in the court.
Party sources told The Nation that JUP President Dr Zubair did not attend party’s Central Working Committee meeting on December 7 and also termed the meeting illegal.
Later some senior party leaders approached him and asked him to preside over the JUP Shura meeting which is scheduled to be held on December 28. The sources said that Dr Zubair promised to attend and preside over the Shura meeting. But later, he alongwith some other party members announced to hold a meeting on December 22 (Sunday).
He also threatened to cancel the membership of those who had attended the Central Working Committee meeting.
Talking to this scribe, JUP Secretary General Qari Zawar Bahadur said Dr Zubair was creating problems fearing to lose the upcoming party election.
He said it was habit of Dr Zubair to create controversies before party elections in order to manoeuver the elections.