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General elections: Saeed not to contest, JuD to run for over 200 seats

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jammat-ud-Dawah is fielding more than 200 candidates in the July 25 on national and provincial Assembly seats across the country even as Saeed himself has decided not to run for parliament.

Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a front for the militant group that carried out the deadly 2008 attack, launched its political front Milli (MML), but it has not been yet registered with the Election Commission of (ECP).

With approaching, the group decided to contest on the platform of a "dormant" political entity Allaha-u-(AAT) registered with the ECP.

The JuD activists and sympathisers have taken the nomination papers from the ECP and are fielding their candidates on the platform of the

"MML and chief have agreed to field joint candidates on the platform of ATT in the upcoming elections. Under the seat adjustment agreement, the MML will field more than 200 educated candidates. They will contest the elections on the AAT's election symbol chair," Ahmad Nadeem, an MML spokesperson, told today.

He said there are many political figures who have joined the MML and it has awarded them tickets.

Asked if Saeed plans to run as a parliamentary candidate in this election, the said: "No ... has no such plans at the moment. The MML is taking part for the first time in the and hopefully, we will make to the parliament."

To a question, if any "significant leader" of the JuD would contest the election, he said: "Our priority is that those joining us from other political parties or educated youths in respective constituencies be given AAT tickets."

He said the AAT will launch its political campaign once its candidates file nomination papers.

"We are hopeful that the people will elect our candidates," he said.

It is believed that since the MML has hardly any chance to get registered with the ECP as the latter had announced the election schedule and issued election symbols, it had no other option but to contest the election on any 'dormant' entity like the AAT.

Earlier, MML had said: "We have decided to support the candidates of AAT in July 25 elections. We will play a role in the victory of those contesting on the symbol of a To save Pakistan, patriotic people should be supported in the elections."

Khalid said the MML had been denied registration in the ECP for the last 11 months but will take part in the polls by supporting AAT candidates.

The interior ministry had opposed enlisting of the MML as a political party arguing it's an offshoot of Saeed's JuD banned under a UN resolution.

The JuD formed MML at the time when Saeed was detained in Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, and - were placed under house arrest in on January 30 under the anti-act.

The JuD was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The also carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his for his role in terror activities.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 06:30 IST