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Hafiz Saeed-backed party barred from taking part in Pakistan elections

The Milli Muslim League has the backing of Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million US bounty on his head for his alleged involvement in 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2018 16:37 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Islamabad
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Hafiz Saeed is wanted by India for his alleged role in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.(AFP)

Pakistan’s elections oversight body has rejected a request from an Islamist party backed by a radical cleric with alleged terror links to participate in the upcoming elections.

Wednesday’s decision by the Election Commission blocks the Milli Muslim League from taking part in the July 25 vote when citizens will elect members to the National Assembly and four provincial legislatures.

Under Pakistani law, all parties must get clearance from the commission to participate in elections.

The Milli Muslim League has the backing of Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million US bounty on his head for his alleged involvement in 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 16:37 IST