Hafiz Saeed’s political ambitions dashed as ECP rejects application

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An application by a political party headed by 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief Hafiz Saeed has been rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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Saeed had launched a political front called Milli Muslim League (MML) and filed an application for recognition before the ECP. The decision was taken on basis of a letter that the Pakistan home ministry had sent to ECP last month asking it to avoid registration of MML as a political party for its ties to banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the parent organization of JuD.

While hearing MML lawyer's arguments on the matter, chief election commissioner Saradar Muhammad Raza Khan suggested that the party should clear its name with the home ministry before applying for registration.

"Under which law the party should consult the interior ministry when it had fulfilled the set criteria of the ECP for any political party's registration," MML's counsel questioned the Khan-headed five-member panel of ECP.

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