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10/13/2017 PAKISTAN

Islamabad, election commission bans 'terrorist' party

The Milli Muslim League was launched in August as a "clean face" of an Islamist group banned by the government. The latter is covering an al-Qaeda-affiliated armed movement. "To prevent militants from entering the political arena with democratic means."

Islamabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Pakistan's Election Commission rejected the request for enrollment in the polls of the new Milli Muslim League (Mml) political party because of its explicit ties with a long-established Islamist terrorist group. The political formation can no longer participate in any electoral, state or general election consultations.

Experts point out the importance of the decision and recall that the MML party was launched last August as the "clean face" of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) "charitable" organization, banned by the Islamabad government. The latter is the cover of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist armed al-Qaeda leader. LET chief is Hafiz Saeed, accused of being the planner of the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, that killed more than 160 people. The UN judges the man a terrorist; since 2012, the United States has placed a bounty of $ 10 million on his head; since January this year he is under house arrest in Lahore, under local laws against terrorism.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Tallal Chaudhry , specifies that "under no circumstances will [the government] allow a political party with proven involvement in promoting violence and terrorism to spread its extremist ideology through democracy and political means."

The Milli Muslim League already ran in elections in September when Nawaz Sharif, ex-premier exonerated by the Supreme Court, left a vacant seat in Lahore. On that day, the party-backed candidate ranked fourth. To the news of the result, many have expressed concern over the progressive affirmation of militant groups in Pakistan's political arena. Observers described the ability to collect consensus in such a short time as "alarming", succeeding in mobilizing a sufficient number of votes to produce a credible challenger.

See also

08/08/2017 18:04:00 PAKISTAN
Terrorist “charity” launches its own political party

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), is under house arrest for terrorism. For Saifullah Khalid, head of the new Milli Muslim League (MML) party, Saeed is “Pakistan's leader." For UN and US, he is linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, which killed more than 160 people.

12/12/2008 PAKISTAN – INDIA
Pakistan bans Jamaat-ud-Dawa, arrests leaders
Islamabad complies with UN resolution describing the group as a front for the terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks. For Pakistan’s Catholic Church both India and Pakistan are victims of terrorism and must work together and not succumb to jingoism.

03/06/2009 PAKISTAN – INDIA
Islamic extremist held over Mumbai attack is released, Indo-Pakistani tensions rise
Lahore High Court’s decision to release Hafiz Saeed, founder of Islamist extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, leads to diplomatic crisis between India and Pakistan. Pakistan cites lack of evidence against him to justify release, claiming controversy is misplaced. India blames Pakistan for “lack of seriousness” in the fight against terrorism.

21/08/2008 PAKISTAN
Terrorism on the offensive as the debate over a new president heats up
At least 50 people are killed and dozens are hurt in a double suicide bomb attack against the country’s main defence industry complex. At the same time the country is starting to vet the candidacy of Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, to the presidency. Political parties are however split over the issue.

18/07/2007 PAKISTAN
Musharraf in an all out fight against terrorists
A wave of violence sweeps the country. In one incident 17 soldiers died in a Taliban ambush near the Afghan border. In the capital suicide bomber kills 16 people.

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