Interior Ministry responds to the MML registration as political party

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Interior Ministry responds to the MML registration as political party

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Interior has termed the Milli Muslim League (MML) an offshoot of proscribed entities,  opposing its registration as a political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

In its written reply submitted before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on a petition filed by MML seeking its registration, the ministry opposed the move, citing a report by a security agency according to which the registration of MML as a political party “would breed violence and extremism in politics.”

The ministry while expressing its concerns requested the court not to consider MML’s plea and dismiss the petition accordingly.

According to the interior ministry’s reply, MML is an offshoot of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), organisations which India has alleged of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attack and the 2001 attack on Indian parliament.

“As per the PPO (Political Parties Order), organisations which act in the manner prejudicial to fundamental rights, undermine the integrity of Pakistan, promote sectarian, regional or provincial hatred, bear a name as a militant group and impart any military or paramilitary training to its members, do not qualify for registration as political party,” the reply stated.