Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba militant group that carried out the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, launched its political front Milli Muslim League, but it has not been yet registered by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
With general elections approaching, the group has decided to contest on the platform of the “dormant” political entity Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), which was registered in the ECP.
MML president Saifullah Khalid will make a formal announcement regarding this shortly. The AAT’s election symbol is ‘chair’.
He said since the MML has hardly any chance to get registered with the ECP as it had announced the election schedule and issued election symbols, it had no other option but to contest the election on any ‘dormant’ entity like AAT or support the Mutahidda Majlis Amal, an alliance of mainstream religious parties of the country.
Khalid said the MML had been denied registration in the ECP for the last 11 months but will take part in the polls by supporting the candidates of AAT.
“Meanwhile we will continue fighting our case in the court and ECP,” he added.
The MML president said over 350 political parties were registered with the ECP but there is objection regarding the MML.
Meanwhile, the MML has filed a contempt of court petition in the Islamabad High Court against the ECP for using delaying tactics regarding its enlisting as a political party as per law. 11 June is fixed for the case hearing in the Islamabad High Court. The court in March had set aside the ECP order declining registration of the MML.
The interior ministry had opposed enlisting of the MML as a political party arguing it’s an offshoot of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa of Hafiz Saeed banned under a UN resolution.
The JuD was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The JuD chief also carries a $10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities.