Hafiz Saeed not to contest Pakistan elections,JuD to field 200 candidates

Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad, June 9 :Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group has decided to field 200 candidates for national and provincial assembly seats across Pakistan in the July 25 general election on the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek but Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has decided not to run for parliament.

When asked if Hafiz will contest elections, Ahmad Nadeem, an MML spokesperson said, “No … Hafiz sahib has no such plans at the moment. The MML is taking part for the first time in the general elections and hopefully, we will make to the parliament.”

JuD decided to contest the elections on the platform of a “dormant” political entity, Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), registered with the ECP.
as his party political front Milli Muslim League has been denied recognition as a political party by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

MML president Saifullah Khalid and AAT chief Ehsan Bari have agreed to field joint candidates on the platform of ATT in the upcoming elections. Under the seat adjustment agreement, the MML will field more than 200 educated candidates. They will contest the elections on the AAT’s election symbol chair,” Ahmad Nadeem, an MML spokesperson said.

Nadeem said ” Our priority is to field educated youth in respective constituencies be given AAT tickets.”

The JuD was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The JuD chief also carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities.

 

The AAT’s election symbol is ‘chair’.

Former chief justice Nasirul Mulk today oath as Pakistan’s seventh caretaker prime minister on June 1 to hold general elections on July 25 and to oversee the second-ever democratic transition of power in the country ruled by the powerful army for much of its life since it gained independence 70 years ago.

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