Pak Election Commission refuses to register Hazif Saeed's MML as political party

Pakistan's Election Commission has rejected an application by Milli Muslim League (MML), an outfit sponsored by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD), to register as a political party.

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision follows a direction by the Islamabad high court to review its last year’s decision to reject MML's registration bid.
A four-member bench of the commission, chaired by its Sindh member Abdul Ghaffar Soomro, today decided against allowing the MML to be registered as a political party.
The bench said that the decision had been taken in light of observations of the ministry of interior which had expressed reservations because of the party's links with the banned JuD leader Saeed.
The interior ministry had opposed enlisting of the MML as a political party, arguing that it is an offshoot of the banned JuD.
The MML, however, denied that it had any links with the JuD or that its chief, Saifuddin Khalid, had relations with Saeed.
It said that former ruling Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz and its leadership was behind rejection of application by ECP.
The MML was launched last August to contest the July 25 elections and Saeed was already campaigning for the MML since last month.