Pakistan government opposes Hafiz Saeed's MML registration as political party

In its written reply submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the ministry has urged to not consider MML?s plea. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 23, 2017, 08.53 AM (IST)

Pakistan on Saturday opposed the registration of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's Milli Muslim League (MML) as a political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The interior ministry termed the JuD chief's political wing as an 'offshoot of proscribed entities'. It also said that MML is the offshoot of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

According to a leading Pakistani daily, the ministry's opposition was based on a security report which said the registration of the MML as a political party would breed violence and extremism in politics.

In its written reply submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the ministry urged it to not consider MML’s plea.  

MML-backed candidate Yaqoob Sheikh had secured 5,822 votes and stood fourth in a by-election in Lahore's National Assembly constituency NA-120 despite the Election Commission of Pakistan not registering the party.

The by-election was held after the Supreme Court disqualified ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif over his alleged involvement in the Panama Papers case. 

The MML filed a petition in Islamabad High Court against the ECP's order that declined its registration as a political party asserting that the interior ministry was "interfering".