LeT Chief Hafiz Saeed To Run For Pakistan General Elections 2018

| December 3 , 2017 , 10:01 IST

The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and chief of militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed announced his decision on Saturday to contest the Pakistan general elections in 2018, dedicating the year 2018 to Kashmiris 'struggling for freedom'.

Saeed, who is also the chief of Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD), considered to be a front for LeT, will be fighting the general elections under the Milli Muslim League (MML) which is yet to be registered in Pakistan's Election Commission.

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"The Milli Muslim League (MML) is planning to contest next year's general elections. I also dedicate 2018 for Kashmiris who are struggling for freedom," said Saeed at the JuD headquarters in Lahore.

"I want to tell India that I will continue support Kashmiris no matter what kind of difficulties are there. India wants us to stop raising voice for the Kashmiris. It is building pressure on the Pakistani government. I want to tell Pakistan that back channel diplomacy only caused harm to the Kashmir cause," he alleged.

"India is angry over my release from the house detention. I warn India if it does not stop atrocities against Kashmiris then this struggle will rise further and it will face the music," Saeed added.

Pakistan released Saeed from house arrest after 297 days, in a move criticised by India as well as the US, as Saeed has been designated a global terrorist by the United Nations for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 that resulted in the death of 166 people. The US further stated that the release of Saeed indicates Pakistan’s failure to combat terrorism and that the nation continues to provide a safe haven for terrorists on its soil.