Islamabad, June 3 :Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed will contest the July 25 Pakistan general elections on the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek .
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. But the group – Milli Muslim League has not been registered as a political party by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). JuD decided to fight elections through another political outfit and Milli Muslim League president Saifullah Khalid is likely to make a formal announcement soon.
Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) is a “dormant” political entity but is registered in the ECP.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.
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.
Milli Muslim League, a political party established in 2017, is linked to Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistan-based, U.S.-designated global terrorist and leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Last year, the government of Pakistan wrote a letter to the Election Commission, declaring that Milli Muslim League was a front organization for Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a U.S.-designated terror organization with links to Saeed.
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 MML had challenged the October 11 order of the ECP declining registration to the MML as a political party allegedly on the behest of the interior ministry.
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.
MML and its leadership were declared terrorists by the U.S. State Department.