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Pakistan govt opposes registration of Hafiz Saeed's MML as a political party

Last Modified Saturday, 23 December 2017 (16:12 IST)
Islamabad: Pakistan's Interior Ministry has opposed the registration of (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's (MML) as a political party with the saying that it as an "offshoot of proscribed entities".The ministry 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,” Dawn newspaper reported.The ministry in its written reply submitted to the on a petition filed by MML seeking its registration with the ECP requested the court not to consider MML’s plea and dismiss the petition accordingly.

In September this year, MML-backed candidate Yaqoob Sheikh secured 5,822 votes and stood fourth in a by-election in Lahore’s National Assembly constituency NA-120.
The by-election was held after the disqualification of ousted prime minister by the Supreme Court.According to the interior ministry’s reply, MML is the offshoot of the banned (LeT) and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), organisations which India has said were involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack and the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. (UNI) 
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