Pak govt asks court to deny clearance to Hafiz Saeed’s political party

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The Pakistani government has asked a court in Islamabad not to consider Mumbai as attacking the mastermind Hafiz Saeed backed the statement of the Muslim League Milli as a political party, saying the group will generate violence and extremism in politics.

Saeed earlier this month had confirmed that his Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) organization would compete in the 2018 general election under the banner of the Milli Muslim League (MML).

The MLM had challenged the order of the Pakistan Electoral Commission on October 11 that had declined its registration as a political party.

The interior ministry, in its written response to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the MML’s request, said it opposed the group’s registration as a political party since the group was a branch of the banned entities.

The Dawn newspaper reported that the government asked the court not to consider the MML’s allegation and dismiss the petition.

The ministry formed its opinion on the basis of a report from a security agency that expressed fears that the registration of the MML as a political party “would engender violence and extremism in politics.”

According to the ministry’s response to the court, the MML is the ramification of the forbidden Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD).

According to the Order of Political Parties (PPO) 2002, organizations that act in a manner detrimental to fundamental rights, undermine Pakistan’s integrity, promote sectarian hatred, regional or provincial, bear the name of a militant group and impart any military training or paramilitaries to its members, do not qualify for registration as a political party. “In its response to the court, the Interior Ministry said that a security agency had opined that” it is difficult to believe that the MML will go its own way, completely at odds with its parent organizations (LeT and JuD). ”

The agency “recommended that, given that the registration of such groups would generate violence and extremism in politics, those groups would be avoided,” he said.

According to the response, the LeT, JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) face UN sanctions, therefore, the Ministry of the Interior “provided comments to the ECP on the registration of the MML, a branch of the The same JuD / FIF network (which also appeared in MML), was not compatible. ”

The JuD chief was released on November 24 after the Pakistani government decided not to detain him in any other case. He was detained since January of this year.

The MLM challenged a conspiracy in September for NA-120, a seat in the National Assembly that had become vacant following the disqualification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sheikh Yaqub, MML candidate, had secured 6,000 votes. Yaqub was placed in 2012 on a list of US Treasury sanctions of those appointed as leaders of terrorist organizations.