Mumbai attack mastermind begins campaigning for Milli Muslim League in Pakistan

Mumbai attack mastermind begins campaigning for Milli Muslim League in Pakistan

By M ZulqernainnnLAHORE: Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has kicked off campaigning for the Milli Muslim League, the political front of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), with an eye on the general elections in Pakistan this year.nnThe US last month designated the Milli Muslim League (MML) as a foreign terrorist organisation, saying the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) members make up MML’s leadership and the so-called party openly displays Saeed’s likeness in its election banners and literature.nnThe MML has not been yet registered by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).nnSaeed yesterday held the MML’s first rally in Haroonabad, some 400 km from here, asking the participants to vote for the MML and canvass for it.nnFormer military dictator gen Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq’s son Ijazul Hasan was also present on the occasion.nnSaeed said the enemies of Pakistan want clash of institutions in the country so that it could achieve its nefarious designs.nn”We have to be united to fail their (enemies) agenda,” he said.nnSaeed urged the Pakistani government to change its policy towards India.nnTalking about the MML priorities, the LeT founder said: “the MML wants the country economically strong. We will have to follow the Quaid-e-Azam’s vision to achieve a strong and prosperous Pakistan”.nnSaeed had confirmed that his organisation Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) would contest the 2018 general elections under the banner of the MML.nnThe Election Commission of Pakistan has asked the MML to produce a clearance certificate by the interior ministry for its registration as a political party. The interior ministry has not issued a clearance certificate to the MML, citing its ties to banned militant outfits.nnThe LeT was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) group on December 26, 2001.nnIts leader Saeed is also designated as an SDGT.nnTo avoid sanctions, LeT has repeatedly changed its name over the years, the State Department alleged.nnThe JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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