Why India Should Keep an Eye on Hafiz Saeed and Pakistan Elections?

Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks has decided not to run for Pakistan General Elections. It was being largely speculated that Saeed would be in the race for Pakistan General Elections to be held in July. However, Hafiz Saeed is not contesting. But the Jamat-Ud-Dawah (JuD) which is led by Hafiz Saeed will field candidates for over 200 seats in the upcoming general elections.

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Jamat-Ud-Dawa was categorically declared a foreign terrorist organization by the United States of America in 2014. Not just this but the US also announced a USD 10 million bounty on his head. JuD running for the Pakistan General Elections could raise a lot of eyebrows.

How Jamat Ud Dawa Became a Political Party from a Terrorist Organization?

Jamat-Ud-Dawa is a primarily a militant organization which is nothing but another front of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Lashkar is a dreaded terror outfit and had a major role to play in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. JuD launched its political facade Milli Muslim League which is yet to be registered under the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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So the JuD has decided to contest with a dormant political entity called the Allaha-U-Akbar Tehreek. This political party is even registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Conundrum with JuD’s Run to the Parliament

The interior ministry of Pakistan is opposed to Milli Muslim League’s run for the Pakistan General Elections. The ministry recognizes the fact that MML is nothing but an offshore facade of the JuD which is banned under a resolution of the United Nations.

Jamat-Ud-Dawa’s run to power in Pakistan General Elections would surely keep India keen. India would surely not like the fact that an organization guilty of Mumbai terror attacks would be contesting for power in Pakistan.

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If at all the JuD comes to power in Pakistan, India would have all sorts of concerns to think about. It would mean that a terror outfit would be in power then and this would only intensify Pakistan’s offences against India. JuD’s claim to power may disband the possibility of peace between India and Pakistan forever.

This could make Kashmir land in even more troubled waters and make India even more vulnerable to terror attacks. Pakistan would then officially have a government backing terror which would not be good for not just India but the entire international community.

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