UN-designated terrorist and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly decided to rename JuD as “Milli Muslim League Pakistan” and get it registered with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as a political party.
According to media reports, he is likely to launch his political outfit on Pakistan`s Independence Day .
Hafiz Saeed’s move assumes significance as it comes after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and subsequent swearing-in of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed is considered close to the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Hafiz Saeed has been under house arrest since January 31 this year. His house arrest was extended for three more months in April which was going to expire on July 27. However, the Punjab government on Jul 31 once again extended his house arrest by two more months.
According to political observers, Hafiz Saeed is trying to take advantage of the void created in Pakistan’s politics after the dismissal of Nawaz Sharif and allegation of sexual harassment against PTI chief and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Hafiz Saeed, India’s one of the most wanted terrorists, is an accused in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, 2006 Mumbai train bombings and 2001 Indian Parliament attack.In 2012, the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Saeed, for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks in which 164 civilians including 6 American citizens were killed.