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ECP, interior ministry asked to respond to MML plea for registration

ISLAMABAD: The Milli Muslim League (MML) has gone to the Islamabad High Court against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for rejecting its request to register it as a political party.

A bench of IHC issued notices to the commission, interior ministry and other official respondents to furnish their replies to the petition until Nov 13.

The MML approached the high court seeking its directives for the ECP to register it as a political party.

Earlier on Oct 11, a bench of the ECP headed by the Chief Election Commissioner had rejected an application of MML, seeking its registration as a political party, over its alleged links with militant organizations. 

The MML had filed an application with the ECP for its recognition as a political party. Subsequently, the Ministry of Interior approached the ECP, asking it to ban the party for allegedly having links with banned militant outfits.

The CEC had observed that the Ministry’s reservations are of serious nature, which needed to be addressed before the party’s registration. He pointed out that the reservations were about the party’s alleged links with banned militant outfits, adding that the party should approach the Ministry to get clearance.

The MML was suspected to be backed by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been placed under the house arrest.

The United Nations Security Council had banned the JuD, declaring it a terrorist organisation in December 2008. The US State Department had also termed the party a foreign terrorist organisation.



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