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Islamabad HC directs Election Commission to register Hafiz Saeed's political outfit ‘Milli Muslim League’

The Islamabad High Court passed its order as it suspended the ECP decision to bar the party from registering itself as a political outfit.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: March 08, 2018 23:15 IST ]
File pic of JuD chief terrorist Hafiz Saeed
File pic of JuD chief terrorist Hafiz Saeed

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued an order to the Election Commission of Pakistan to allow the registration of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s political party -- Milli Muslim League (MML).

The court passed its order as it suspended the ECP decision to bar the party from registering itself as a political outfit.

The MML had approached the High Court claiming that its political prospects were being snubbed owing to pressure from the United States. 

In August last year, Hafiz Saeed, who masterminded the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks, had launched his political party. But the Election Commission had in October rejected the application of MML. 

The development comes a day after the Lahore High Court extended its stay against the "possible arrest" of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind till April 4. 

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was placed on the terrorism blacklist by the United Nations in December 2008. 

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