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Pakistan: 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Launches Election Campaign In Islamabad

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| June 24 , 2018 , 13:00 IST

The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and Jamaat-Ut-Dawa Chief Hafeez Saeed on Sunday launched the election campaign prior to the Pakistani general elections which will happen in the month of July.

Saeed, who also carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities, is not contesting the election.

Saeed formally launched the election campaign of his fifteen-year-old party Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek(AAT). AAT has also gained the support of Mili Muslim League (MML). Saed inaugurated the party’s election office on Thursday in Islamabad.

According to media reports, Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha Saeed and his son-in-law Hafiz Khalid Waleed will also be participating in the 25 July general elections from the Punjab province in Pakistan.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denied registration of the MML as a political party following objections from the Interior Ministry.

On April 3, the United States Department of State released an amended list of the declared terror outfits, under which MML and Tehreek-i-Azadi-i-Kashmir were referred to as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) affiliates.

Another senior JuD leader, Qari Muhammad Sheikh Yaqoob, who is on the US-designate terror list, has also been given AAT ticket for NA-125 Lahore.

Hafiz Saeed, is the leader or the amir of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a terror group draped in the form of charity organization that is considered to be a cover organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba, accused of  being behind a string of attacks in India including the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes and and the 2001 attack on the Lok Sabha of Parliament.