Hafiz Saeed To Contest General Elections in Pakistan Next Year

Hafiz Saeed To Contest General Elections in Pakistan Next Year

Just a few days after Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest, the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind on Saturday announced that he would contest in the Pakistan general elections in 2018.

He will contest the election for his party Milli Muslim League (MML), which was formed during his house detention. India is angry over my release from the house detention.

He said India was lobbying internationally to "malign" the Kashmir cause and Pakistan's incumbent government had bowed down to appease New Delhi, reported The Express Tribune.

He asked the people, army and the government of Pakistan to adopt a pro-Kashmir stance for the sake of Kashmiris. "We are here to stay in the political field".

"I strongly believe that after winning elections, the MML will be able to work decisively for the Kashmir cause ... this is why I support it", said Saeed.

Saeed has also accused India of putting up baseless claims against him. "I warn India if it does not stop its atrocities against Kashmiris, this struggle will intensify, and it (India) will have to face the music", he said.

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The National Assembly seat had fallen vacant after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate who secured 6,000 votes, had announced that the JuD which has the blessing of Saeed would contest 2018 elections.

Yaqoob was placed on a US Treasury sanctions list of those designated as leaders of terrorist organisations in 2012.

The JuD has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the USA in June 2014.

Pakistan released Saeed from house arrest after 297 days, in a move criticised by India as well as the U.S., as Saeed has been designated a global terrorist by the United Nations for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 that resulted in the death of 166 people.

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