Hafiz Saeed's JuD To Contest Pakistan General Elections Under 'Dormant' Political Party

| June 3 , 2018 , 09:58 IST

The 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed's terrorist front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) of Lashkar-e-Toiba will reportedly be contesting the upcoming Pakistan General Elections from the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek, a senior JuD official said on Saturday.

The chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group Hafiz Saeed, had initially set up a political front Milli Muslim League (MML), but it was declared as a terrorist organisation by the US and was not registered by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

With the Pakistan General Elections approaching on July 25, JuD will be contesting from the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), a 'dormant' political entity which has already been registered by the ECP with a 'chair' election symbol.

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"It was a kind of dormant party registered by a citizen Ehsan. There are several such parties registered with the ECP and such an arrangement is made ahead of the general elections if any mainstream party or organisation faces any issue or complication," a member of the JuD told PTI.

"Since the Milli Muslim League (MML) fails to get registered with the ECP it is going for this arrangement (contesting the upcoming polls on AAT platform)," he said.

"Now the JuD/MML candidates will contest on the 'chair' symbol across the country," the member said.

"We have decided to support the candidates of AAT in July 25 elections," MML president Saifullah Khalid told PTI.

"We will play a role in the victory of those contesting on the symbol of chair. To save Pakistan, patriotic people should be supported in the elections," Khalid said.

"Meanwhile, we will continue fighting our case (registration of MML) in the court and ECP," he added.

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Pakistan's interior ministry had opposed designating MML as a political party alleging that it's an offshoot of Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa which has been banned under a UN resolution.

Meanwhile, the MML has filed a contempt of court petition with the Islamabad High Court against the ECP for delaying the registration of MML as a political party and the hearing is due to take place on June 11.

The United States on April 2 had officially designated Milli Muslim League (MML) as a foreign terrorist organisation. MML is considered to be a front of designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed's militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and is campaigned as a political party under Saeed's name.

"LeT members make up MML's leadership and the so-called party openly displays Saeed's likeness in its election banners and literature," the US State Department said.