Terror and politics to join hands in Pakistan

Terror and politics seem to be joining hands in Pakistan as, Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed‘s political party Jammat-ud-Dawah will contest 2018 general elections as a political outfit, according to reports from the party soon after their candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.

In the previous month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba terrorist group that was involved in the heinous 2008 Mumbai attack, announced that it was launching the Milli Muslim League.

Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate who was humbly defeated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s wife Kulsoom Nawaz from a parliamentary seat that fell vacant after Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court due to corruption charges. Yaqoob said the new front “will field candidates in every constituency in the country in next year’s election.”

Yaqoob also wanted to contest Sunday’s election from Milli Muslim League, launched just before the NA-120 by-poll, but could not do so as the Election Commission of Pakistan is yet to register it as a political party.

Yaqoob was placed in 2012 on a US Treasury sanctions list of those designated as leaders of international terrorist organizations.

“We have got a very good response in NA-120. It was our first election and people have welcomed us,” said Yaqoob, who contested as an independent candidate.

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  1. TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/hafiz-saeeds-jud-to-contest-2018-general-elections-in-pakistan/articleshow/60732475.cms
  2. INDIA TV- http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-will-contest-all-seats-in-2018-general-elections-says-hafiz-saeed-s-jud-as-its-candidate-finishes-third-in-pakistan-bypoll-401999

 

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  1. FINANCIAL EXPRESS- http://images.financialexpress.com/2017/09/Hafiz-Saeed-l-ani.jpg

 

 

 

Hafeez Saeed’s charity trust rolls a new political party

Jamat-ud-Dawaah, suspected to be a font for banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba has launched a new political party named Milli Muslim League in Pakistan. Jamat-ud-Dawaah is currently registered as a charitable trust and claims to be championing cause of Islamic Humanitarian programme. This step is contrast with previous views of LeT chief Hafeez Saeed who has denounced democracy and elections and declared them to be incompatible with Islam. India and America have already declared LeT as the key perpetrator behind the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, and there is a bounty of $10 million dollars offered by America regarding information and capture of Hafeez Saeed.

But Saeed has always denied his involvement in the referred attacks and was only placed under house arrest only eight months earlier by Pakistan. Although Saeed missed the event of launch of the party, President of Milli Muslim League-Saifullah Khalid expressed that the aim of the party was to connect to grassroots level and propel Pakistan towards an Islamic and Welfare State. However, U.S. State Department Report on Terrorism for 2016 which was launched recently stated that LeT still raises funds for its activities in Pakistan. Security Analysts state that the move to form a new political party was to provide a better cover to the militants and their other covert activities in the light of increased pressure from global community on Pakistan to crack down LeT and JuD.

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Twitter takes down more than 1 lakh terrorism related accounts

Twitter on Saturday took down more than 1,25,000 terrorism related accounts, most of them being associated to the Islamic State militant group. However, many handles linked to India based terrorist organisations and individuals are still operational.

The US based firm through a blog said that, “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to IS.”

The organisation, however, was unresponsive to the question of accounts related to terrorist outfits based in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mastermind of 26/11, Hafeez saeed had openly called for people to carry out a terror attack in India in his latest tweet on 3rd January. But no action was taken against his account.

The organisation made it clear that ‘Twitter Rules’ do not allow for such kind of behaviour or violent threats on the platform. They are also looking into other potentially violating accounts.

Twitter has also partnered with organisations like People Against Violent Extremism and Institute for Strategic Dialogue to keep a check on the spread of extremist ideologies through the platform.

The company also admitted that there are no magic algorithm to identify terrorist content on the internet and therefore, global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgement calls based on limited information and guidance