Islamabad, Feb 1: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has kept the guessing game on about his reported political ambitions.
At a press conference on Tuesday in Karachi, he parried questions on whether the JuD would declare itself a political party and participate in elections.
There is speculation that Saeed plans to contest upcoming elections either to the Punjab assembly or the National assembly, the lower house of parliament.
He said it was a "misconception" to not consider JuD a political party as its activities were of political nature.
"We believe the politics of polarization harms the Ummah (Muslim brotherhood )," Saeed was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune daily.
38 militants killed in fresh clashes
Thirty-eight militants, including a top commander of Pakistani Taliban, were killed in air strikes and clashes with troops in northwest Pakistan.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Mullah Moinuddin was among those killed, reports said.