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ECP dismisses MML’s plea to register as political party | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday dismissed the request of Milli Muslim League (MML)to register as a political party.

MML has been struggling to register as a political party since 2017. The ECP had directed the party to acquire a safety clearance certificates from the Ministry of Interior final 12 months when it had utilized for registration. 

Earlier this 12 months, the United States added MML together with Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) to its checklist of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO), reasoning that each had been fronts for banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“The aliases [MML and TAJK] have been added to LeT’s designations as an FTO under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224,” mentioned the US State Department.

MML’s foray into Pakistani politics

The MML was shaped final 12 months and had made a formidable present on the NA-120 by-election in Lahore, the place its supported candidate gained the fourth place. Candidates backed by the party — since it’s but to be registered as a political party — had made related features in subsequent by-elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The ECP had rejected the party’s plea to get registered on the bottom that its supremo, Hafiz Saeed, is a globally listed terrorist whereas organisations run below his affect, Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, had been designated as banned organisations through a presidential ordinance.

That resolution of the ECP was overturned by the Islamabad High Court which directed it to hear the party’s plea correctly after which resolve the case.

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