Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has reportedly delivered a provocative message on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, instigating the youth of Jammu and Kashmir for violence in the region. He is also heard urging Palestinians to take on Israel in the same manner.
Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, is planning to participate in mainstream Pakistani politics through the Milli Muslim League (MML), a political party linked to him.
The wanted terrorist purportedly blamed India and the Indian government for the political situation in Kashmir and praised the stone-pelters for their violent actions against personnel of security forces in the Valley.
Saeed’s message is being seen as an attempt to create a political agenda for the MML, an offshoot of the banned JuD.
The election commission of Pakistan has been repeatedly rejecting the registration of MML, which would enable it to contest the general elections on 25 July. On Wednesday, the commission rejected MML’s application a second time citing the observations of Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior over the party’s links with Hafiz Saeed.
The US has designated MML as a foreign terrorist organisation.
But according to Express Tribune, around 200 candidates backed by the MML will contest under the banner of the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), which is listed at number 10 in the election commission’s list of approved parties.
JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.
The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.