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Militant Group Jamaat-ud-Dawa Launches New Party in Pakistan

The U.S. has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of JuD's founder Hafiz Saeed
By The News · 07 of August 2017 19:57:20
Saifullah Khalid (R), a religious scholar and longtime official of the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, addresses a news conference with others in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, Saifullah Khalid (R), a religious scholar and longtime official of the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, addresses a news conference with others in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The banned militant group Jamaat-ud-Dawa of Hafiz Saeed has entered in politics by launching a new political party to do politics per ‘Pakistan ideology’. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed), photo: AP/Anjum Naveed

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s banned militant group Jamaat-ud-Dawa is seeking to enter the political sphere by launching a new party.

Saifullah Khalid, a religious scholar and longtime official of the group, is president of the newly-formed Milli Muslim League party. He told reporters in Islamabad Monday that his party will work to make Pakistan “a real Islamic and welfare state” and that it’s ready to cooperate with like-minded parties.

The U.S. has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of JuD’s founder Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan placed him under house arrest earlier this year.

The JuD widely is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group behind the 2008 deadly attacks in Mumbai, India.