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This amendment is an emphatic indication that the Trump administration opposes Pakistan’s new policy of mainstreaming militants.
Last month, a high court ordered Pakistan's Election Commission to register the Mili Muslim League as a political party. MML was on Monday designated as a terror group by the US.
Seven members of MML's central leadership body have been designated as foreign terrorists. This move comes just ahead of the general elections in Pakistan.
Army is working with a deliberate strategy get extremists and militants into the mainstream democratic process, but analysts say it’s a catch-22 situation.
The byelection will be held on 17 September to elect disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s replacement in Pakistan’s National Assembly. For anyone interested in the politics of the subcontinent, the bypoll for Lahore's NA-120 National Assembly seat on 17 September is turning out to be must-watch. The election will decide who will replace Nawaz Sharif in the lower house of Pakistan's parliament – after the Supreme Court disqualified him in connection with the Panama Papers case. But it has become even more important because it marks the political debut of UN-designated global terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s political party, the Milli Muslim League (MML) – albeit an unofficial one. Saeed – the alleged mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and scores of others across India and Afghanistan – launched the party in August. It was seen as an obvious bid by his Islamist jihadi group, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, to gain political legitimacy and exercise more...
The stated aims of the Lashkar-e-Taiba's political party Milli Muslim League, with the presence of nuclear weapons in Pakistan, should alarm Indians and the world. Tufail Ahmad