Opinion: Impact on India if Hafiz Saeed-linked party wins the Pakistan elections

Written By: Anushka Dixit WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jun 25, 2018, 04:06 PM(IST)

The AAT will contest elections from Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on provincial and national assembly seats Photograph:( Zee News Network )

With nearly a month to go for the Pakistan general elections, Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has decided to swoop into Pakistan’s political scene. His newly-floated party Milli Muslim League (MML) is contesting elections on the cover of Allahu Akbar Tehreek (AAT) - a dormant political entity for 15 years, which was registered in the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed on Saturday inaugurated the office of MML- which failed to get registered - in Islamabad, and is promoting his son, Talha Saeed, a designated terrorist under the US Treasury Department, and son-in-law, Hafiz Khalid Waleed, to contest the upcoming elections, among the 265 candidates fielded by the JuD for national and provincial assembly seats.

Going back to the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the US declared JuD as a foreign terrorist organization in 2014 and also added the MML and Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) to the list saying that both were fronts of the banned terrorist organization LeT.

Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million American bounty, had been trying his hand in politics for a long time and has gone to great lengths to get support from various networks including Difa-e-Pakistan Council – aimed at madrasa student’s religious groups and many politicians. 

Other networks include Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, Tehrik-e-Tahffuz-e-Qibla-e-Awal, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, student groups associated to LeT including the Al Muhammadia Students Pakistan - an organisation which is listed as a terrorist group by the United States. Its videos and pictures have previously been directed towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

So, it suffices to say that Saeed has created more followers that you’d think.

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Threat to India

Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate and a designated terrorist by the US, who contested as an independent candidate in the by-polls last year, had said that the new front “will field candidates in every constituency of the country in next year’s election.” He went from person-to-person campaigning on the ticket of the Lashkar-backed MML.

His electoral bid: That the party had no intention to go against Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif but to contest against PM Modi.  

Hafiz has been very vocal about his stance on India and has previously vowed to declare war. Maulana Bashir Ahmad Khaki, a senior JuD functionary considered close to Saeed, openly issued a death threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the followers to wage a war against India to disintegrate it, news agency ANI reported.

"Flag of Islam will be hoisted in India and America. Modi (Indian Prime Minister) will be killed. India and Israel will get disintegrated as more and more martyrs will be produced,” he had said.

Saeed is using the vulnerable Sikh community in Pakistan to push his propaganda against India. 

Defence expert Sunil Deshpande said that with Saeed winning the elections, the entire world will be under the threat of the nuclear war all the time. “Pakistan is heading towards trouble. If Saeed launches the party then Pakistan would become a terror state and the complete regime will go in the hands of the terrorist,” he told ANI.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)

Anushka Dixit

Anushka is digital news writer at WION. Her primary getaway is music and baking. Besides news, she has a passion for writing about artificial intelligence, market trends and scientific discoveries.

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