Islamabad (December 22, 2017): Islamabad High Court has reserved the judgment pertaining to the registration of Milli Muslim League’s (MML) petition challenging Election Commission’s rejection of its application seeking registration as a political party.
At the start of hearing today, Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mahmood red Interior Ministry’s reply to Justice Amir Farooq. The report said that according to intelligence agencies’ report MML worked under the name of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and later on under the name of Jamaat-ul-Dawa. The outfit is now getting itself registered itself under the new name now, the report added.On this MMA’s counsel Rizwan Abbasi argued that MMA is not doing anything illegal and all of its workings are within the law.
It may be mentioned here that on December 18 the court had directed the Interior ministry to submit its reply within two days in the petition challenging the ban slapped on MML to get registered as a political party.
Raja Rizwan Abbasi appeared before the court as the counsel for the petitioner.
But despite the court’s notice the Election Commission (EC) and the federal government did not submit reply at the court.Expressing its anger at the failure of the Election Commission and the federal government to submit the reply as ordered the court directing the Interior ministry to submit the reply within two days adjourned the hearing of the case till December 22.
Earlier, on October 11 the ECP had rejected the application of Milli Muslim League (MML) for registration as a political party.
A four-member bench of ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan had earlier reserved its verdict after hearing the case.Later the same day, the ECP issued a short order rejection the MML application for registration as political party.
Earlier, during the hearing MML chief Saifullah Khalid’s counsel appeared before the commission. He took that plea that as citizen his client had the fundamental right of forming political party.
The counsel argued that his client had the right to register political party. He added that no office-bearer of the party had any FIR against them.
Regarding the Interior Ministry’s opposition to registration of MML as political party, the counsel said that the Ministry had not provided any proof along with its letter.He added that the constitution of MML was in conformity of constitution of Pakistan. The counsel said that as per the party constitution no terrorist can hold office of the party.It is to be mentioned here that Interior Ministry has opposed registration of MML as political party.
The Ministry in a letter to the commission had said that the group has links with proscribed organisation and intelligence agencies has opposed its registration as political party.
It may also be mentioned here that the MML was launched around August this year and a candidate backed by it contested had NA-120 by-polls.