Pakistan government urges court to deny clearance to Hafiz Saeed’s political party

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Ministry of Interior quoted a security agency report which said that it is difficult to believe that the Milli Muslim League will tread its own path, completely at variance with its mother (LeT and JuD) organisations.

Nearly four weeks after Hafiz Saeed was set free from house arrest, Pakistani government has urged the Islamabad High Court not to allow registration of Saeeds`s political party Milli Muslim League (MML), terming it as an offshoot of proscribed entities Lashkar-Tayyaba (LeT) and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) facing international sanctions.

Hafiz Saeed is accused by India and the U.S. for masterminding 2008 Mumbai attacks. U.S. has put a bounty on his head. The United Nations has also declared Saeed as a terrorist.

He was put under house arrest in January this year but was released earlier this month after failing to be charged by the Punjab government.

India had condemned his release while U.S. has warned Pakistan not to mainstream Saaed.

A report in Dawn newspaper said that the Ministry of Interior, which is responsible for giving clearance, formed its opinion on the basis of a security agency’s report which expressed apprehensions that the registration of MML as a political party “would breed violence and extremism in politics.”

A written reply has also been submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on a petition filed by MML seeking its registration. Ministry of Interior urged the court not to reject MML’s plea.

Election Commission had already refused registration of MML which was challenged by Saeed`s political wing.

Ministry of Interior quoted a security agency report which said that it is difficult to believe that MML will tread its own path, completely at variance with its mother (LeT and JuD) organisations. “Since registration of such groups would breed violence and extremism in politics, such groups be avoided,” the report said..

Moreover, the interior ministry also cited the stance of Ministry of Foreign Affairs against the MML’s registration in view of international obligations.

As per the reply, the LeT, JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) are facing UN sanctions, therefore, the interior ministry believed that the registration of MML, an offshoot of the same network of JuD/FIF, was “not supported”.

MML had challenged the ECP’s order of October 11 that had declined its registration as a political party due to the alleged interference of interior ministry claiming it violated fundamental rights.

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