JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to contest 2018 Pakistan general polls

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to contest 2018 Pakistan general polls

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to contest 2018 Pakistan general polls

Saeed is a wanted terrorist by India and the United States for his alleged role in masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 166 lives.

Leading Pakistani newspapers including The News reported on Saturday that Saeed had announced his decision to contest the elections to the Pakistan national assembly at a press conference in Lahore.

"This is the right time to enter the country's politics to persuade the world community by establishing an independent foreign desk to highlight the Kashmir cause", he said.

According to Daily Pakistan report, Saeed, whose release was condemned by both India and the U.S., plans to contest the election from the Milli Muslim League (MML).

Earlier in August this year, the JuD had launched the launched the MML.

Saeed said he would dedicate 2018 to "Kashmiris who are struggling for freedom". Expressing apprehensions about its link with terrorists, the Election Commission of Pakistan had also demanded a ban on organisation's participation in political activities.

"This had been done to harm the Kashmir cause. The government has failed to achieve any breakthrough or help the Kashmiris through its back channel diplomacy", he said.

The former military ruler had in November announced the formation of a grand political alliance after a consultative meeting between representatives of around two dozen political parties, including the Sunni Tehreek, Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Mr Musharraf's own All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

"They had to release me because they were unable to collect any [incriminating] evidence against me", he added.

Saeed also said on Saturday that his detention in Pakistan and arrest of Hurriyat leaders in India was part of worldwide agenda.

The JuD chief appealed that "for the sake of the Kashmir cause, Pakistan Army, the people and the government should think alike".

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