The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) not allowed Hafiz Saeed in mainstream politics

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday discarded the application of Milli Muslim League (MML), the political front of Hafiz Saeed group Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) for registration as a mainstream political party. It is a Pakistan-based banned militant organization,

The decision based on a letter that the Pakistan home ministry had sent to ECP last month asking it to keep away registration of MML from as a political party for its ties to banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is the parent organization of JuD.

At the time of hearing MML lawyer's point of views on the issue, chief election commissioner Saradar Muhammad Raza Khan recommended that the party should clear its name with the home ministry before applying for registration.

"Under which law the party should discuss with the interior ministry when it had fulfilled the set criterion of the ECP for any political party's registration," MML's counsel questioned the Khan-headed five-member board of ECP.

 In September, the interior ministry had asked the ECP to prohibit MML, claiming that the party is backed by Hafiz Saeed, who has a US $10 million bounty on his head for his suspected participation in the 2008 terrorist attacks in India. Saeed was put under house arrest earlier this year. The JuD had instigated the MML this year in July.

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