ECP announces verdict over application of MML registration

ECP announces verdict over application of MML registration
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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday dismissed an application seeking registration of Milli Muslim League (MML).

A four-member commission chaired by Abdul Ghaffar based the decision on a report by the interior ministry stating that the aspiring party followed the ideology of Hafiz Saeed , leader of banned outfit Jamaatud Dawah. The Ministry of Interior relied upon details provided by the intelligence agencies.

During the hearing, counsel representing MML said the federal government could not oppose registration of any political party. “No one can predict if a political party can affiliate with banned outfits in the future,” he said. “MML leader Saifullah Khalid has no link with Saeed.”

In a previous hearing, the commission summoned a detailed report from the interior ministry. The enlistment of MML , deemed to be a political offshoot of Jamatud Dawa (JuD), has been pending since last year as the interior ministry awaited appraisal from intelligence agencies about the group.

Government through a Presidential Ordinance has declared that any individual or organisation which has been declared proscribed by the United Nations (UN) would be deemed as a banned outfit in the country.

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