For the first time in the 74 year history of Jamaat-e-Islami, non-Muslims were made part of its gathering in November last year. In a separate enclosure set up at Minar-e-Pakistan, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs were in attendance for three days. JI is pondering over expanding its cadre among Minority religious groups in the country.
Although minority wings have been operating at sub-national levels since 1980’s, extended efforts were made before the rally took place last year to integrate minority communities into party organization.
Ameerul Azim, JI’s central information secretary said, “Non-Muslims were allowed to display their own [religious] literature at the ijtema. He adds that engagement with people from minority religious communities is needed because they are part of the national electorate.”
A 30,000 strong cadre directed by the new JI amir, Sirajul Haq had expanded party membership across the country after the November gathering.