Hafiz Saeed to contest Pakistan general elections

Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan, June3 :Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-u-Dawaa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed will contest the July 25 Pakistan general elections on the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek .Milli Muslim League president Saifullah Khalid is likely to make a formal announcement soon.

According to news reports the decision was taken as the outfit launched by the group – Milli Muslim League has not been registered as a political party by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) is a “dormant” political entity but is registered in the ECP.The AAT’s election symbol is ‘chair’.

Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group that carried out the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, launched its political front Milli Muslim League.

With general elections approaching, the group has decided to contest the elections on the platform of the “dormant” political entity Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) registered by a citizen Ehsan.

“Now the JuD/MML candidates will contest on the ‘chair’ symbol across the country,” the member said.

Meanwhile, the MML has filed a contempt of court petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the ECP for using delaying tactics regarding its enlisting as a political party as per law. June 11 is fixed for the case hearing in the IHC.

The court in March had set aside the ECP order declining registration of the MML.

Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC bench had referred the matter to the ECP, directing the electoral body to pass a speaking order.

The United States has stated that it supports free, fair, transparent and accountable elections in Pakistan which faces general elections on 25 July
It also expressed hope that the 2017 electoral reforms law, being put into effect from these elections, would help facilitate the peaceful transfer of civilian power to a democratically elected government.

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