Khalil is a Rawalpindi-based Deobandi cleric who had been tagged by US state department as “specially designated global terrorist” on September 30, 2014. A source close to him said he was in touch with many of his associates to mobilise people in order to launch his own party, and is in the final stages of finalising details of the new party.
“Khalil has taken a lead from Mr. Makki’s decision to mainstream his (banned) outfit. He believes it is about time to get back all his associates and friends who have been sidelined due to the effective ban on their movement and activities,” the source said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the activists related with JuD have recently entered the political sphere with the launching the Milli Muslim League (MML) — a new political party — on August 8 this year.
When contacted, Fazlur Rehman Khalil confirmed his intentions to launch a new political party soon.
“Yes, I have been in touch with my colleagues and followers and we have even finalized a new name for the party – Islah-e-Watan Party. For this purpose, the central Shura (executive committee) would soon meet to finalize details,” he added.