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Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has opened the first office of the Milli Muslim League (MML), days after the Pakistan government said the group would breed violence and extremism in politics while opposing a plea seeking its registration as a political party.
The MML is the offshoot of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and JuD, according to the government.
The MML had challenged the Election Commission's order in October that had declined its registration as a political party.
Despite refusal from the interior ministry to register the MML as a political party, Saeed pressed ahead with his plans to take the political plunge.
The Pakistan government has requested a court in Islamabad not to consider Saeed-backed MML's plea seeking its registration as a political party, saying the group would breed violence and extremism in politics.
The interior ministry has categorically made it clear that the state will not allow mainstreaming of jihad outfits.
During his visit to Mohni Road area adjacent to Data Sahib shrine, he listened to civic problems of people. People welcomed Saeed by showering rose petals on his vehicle in the area. The JuD headquarters in Chauburji also falls in NA-120.
The MML had secured the fourth position with 6,000 votes, double than that of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamaat- i-Islami combined.
Saeed, who carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, walked free on November 24 after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under detention since January this year.