Free Press Journal

Pakistan seeks to ban party backed by US-named terrorist


Islamabad: Pakistan’s interior ministry has asked the country’s elections overseeing body to ban from politics a new party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who carries a USD 10 million US bounty on his head for alleged involvement in 2008 terror attacks in India.

Haroon Shinwari, a spokesman at the Election Commission of Pakistan, said today that they will assess the status of Milli Muslim League party next month.

The MML party is headed by Saifullah Khalid, a friend of Saeed, who is the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

India accuses Saeed of links to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 160 people, and he has been designated a terrorist by the US government.

Saeed is currently under house arrest in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.