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Milli Muslim League cannot register as a political party

The Election Commission rejected on Wednesday Milli Muslim League’s (MML) application to register as a political party. The Milli Muslim League (MML) was launched last August to contest the July 25 elections, which will be only the second democratic transfer of power in Pakistan’s history. But the group was blacklisted by the US in April...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 13, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 13, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

The Election Commission rejected on Wednesday Milli Muslim League’s (MML) application to register as a political party.

The Milli Muslim League (MML) was launched last August to contest the July 25 elections, which will be only the second democratic transfer of power in Pakistan’s history.

But the group was blacklisted by the US in April as Washington ramped up pressure on Islamabad to crack down on extremist groups operating in the country.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission officially rejected their application to register as a political party.

“The Election Commission of Pakistan today rejected the registration request by the Milli Muslim League as a political party,” spokesman Altaf Ahmad told AFP.

He said that a detailed order would be issued later stating the reasons for the commission’s decision.

The MML was founded by charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a wing of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

LeT is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead and brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

MML to support an unknown group in elections

The Hafiz Saeed linked group will support the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the elections in the elections, an MML spokesman told SAMAA Digital.

AAT, a little known political party led by Dr Ahsan Abdul Bari, was formed some 15 years ago and was registered in the Election Commission of Pakistan in 2013.

Hafiz Saeed had also shown interest in entering mainstream politics in a meeting with a group of journalists in December last year.

However, the MML spokesperson, Tabesh Qayyum, denied having any knowledge of Mr. Saeed’s decision to contest the elections.

Dr Mian Ahsan Bari, the leader of AAT, in a telephonic conversation told SAMAA Digital that MML has announced their support for his party and it is not an electoral alliance.

“Their people are joining Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek,” he said. “We will welcome Hafiz Saeed if he decides to join our party.”

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