Hafiz Saeed, Son Lose Big: Pak Rejects All 265 Party Candidates
As Pakistan eagerly awaits a new prime minister, voters seem to have outrightly rejected Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and Mumbai 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, with his party trailing in all the seats it contested, News18 reported.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist, is the head of banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the political wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. His political party Milli Muslim League was also denied registration in 2017. Its 265 candidates then ran the election through the lesser known the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, (AAT), one of them being Saeed’s son Hafiz Talha Saeed.
While Hafiz Saeed is trailing in his constituency, the AAT’s other 264 candidates have failed to win or take any leads in any of the seats.
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Hafiz Saeed’s Appeal on Voting Day
On voting day, the JuD chief was among those who cast their votes at a polling booth in Lahore on 25 July. After he cast his ballot, the LeT chief urged voters to contribute towards making Pakistan a better and secure country.
The countdown to the Pakistan elections saw a controversy over militant groups being allowed to participate in the elections, with Pakistani extremist leaders, accused of spreading religious hatred and instigating sectarian violence, contesting the polls.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)
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