Hafiz Saeed announces to contest next elections from MML platform

07:05 PM | 2 Dec, 2017
Hafiz Saeed announces to contest next elections from MML platform
LAHORE - Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, on Saturday announced to take part in the general elections 2018 on the National Assembly seat.

Talking to media, Saeed said that he would contest the election on the platform of the Milli Muslim League (MML), but he did not disclose anything about the constituency.

In August, the JuD entered politics by forming a new party, MML. Saifullah Khalid, a religious scholar and longtime official of the group, is president of the party.

Khalid said that the party will work to make Pakistan “a real Islamic and welfare state” and that it is ready to cooperate with like-minded parties

On January 31, the JuD chief had been detained under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977 and the court refused to extend his house arrest on Nov 23. Subsequently, he was released from the detention.

On the release of Saeed, who has been accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial hub Mumbai that left 166 people dead, India expressed outrage. It called an attempt by Pakistan to mainstream proscribed terrorists and a reflection of its continuing support to non-state actors.

Saeed after got freed by the government had said, “I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir”. He added, “I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom.”