Abdul Ghafoor Haideri

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Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
12 March 2015 – 12 March 2018
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Sabir Ali Baloch
Succeeded by Saleem Mandviwalla
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 60–61)[1]
Gazag, Kalat District, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
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.[2]

Early life and education

Haideri was born in June 1957.[1] 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.[1]

Political career

Haideri was active in Tehrik-e-Khatm-e-Nabowat in 1974 and Tehreek Nizam-e-Mustafa in 1977, for which police twice imprisoned him.[1] 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.[1]

He opened the Jamia Shah Wali Ullah school in Kalat in October 1984, teaching there from 1985 to 1990.[1]

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan in Pakistani general election, 1990 and served as a provincial minister of Balochistan.[1]

He ran for the Chief Minister of Balochistan in Pakistani general election, 1992 but lost by one vote.[1]

In Pakistani general election, 1993, he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from Qalat constituency.[1]

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 2015, he was elected to the Senate of Pakistan, serving as the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.[2]


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."[3] 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."[3]

In March 2015, he won a seat in the Senate[4] and later took oath as deputy chairman senate. He is expected to serve in that capacity till March 2021.[5]

In February 2017, Haideri was refused a visa by US authorities. He was scheduled to head a two-member delegation to a Inter Parliamentary Union meeting at the United Nations in New York.[6][7]

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.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri profile". Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri (Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan)". Senate of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 2015-12-27. , Retrieved 16 May 2017
  3. ^ a b Ali, Kalbe (December 17, 2014). "JUI-F criticises death penalty moratorium". Dawn. Archived from the original on 22 October 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "PML-N wins 18 seats; PPPP runner up with eight". 2015 Pakistan Senate Election results on Radio Pakistan website. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Haider, Mateen (March 12, 2015). "JUI-F's Ghafoor Haideri takes oath as Senate Deputy Chairman". Dawn. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Ghauri, Irfan (February 12, 2017). "US visit called off after Senate deputy chairman denied visa". The Express Tribune newspaper. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "US denies visa to Pakistan's Senate Deputy Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haideri". Firstpost. Press Trust of India. February 12, 2017. Archived from the original on 15 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bomb attack kills at least 25 in Pakistan's Balochistan". Aljazeera News website. 12 May 2017. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "25 killed in Pakistan blast targeting Islamist lawmaker". Los Angeles Times. 12 May 2017. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Haynes, Danielle (May 12, 2017). "Pakistan blast targets senator's convoy, killing 25". UPI News. Archived from the original on January 22, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 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. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sabir Ali Baloch
Deputy Chairman of the Senate
Succeeded by
Saleem Mandviwalla
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