Pakistan poll panel bars Hafiz Saeed’s party from election

Islamabad, Jun 14: Pakistan’s Election Commission on Wednesday dismissed an application seeking registration of the Milli Muslim League (MML), the political wing of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah. A four-member panel based its decision on a report by the interior ministry that said the party followed the ideology of Hafiz Saeed, the head of the JuD and the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The interior ministry relied on details provided by intelligence agencies, officials said. During the hearing by the Election Commission, the MML’s counsel argued that the federal government could not oppose the registration of any political party based on its possible links with individuals. “No one can predict if a political party can be affiliated with banned outfits in the future,” the counsel said. “MML leader Saifullah Khalid has no link with Hafiz Saeed.” (Agencies)