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Pakistan seeks to ban party backed by US-named terrorist

Pakistan's interior ministry asked the country's elections overseeing body to ban from politics a new party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head for alleged involvement in 2008 terror attacks in India, officials said Friday.

The move was seen as a bid to prevent extremists from entering mainstream politics ahead of next year's elections.

On Friday, Haroon Shinwari, the spokesman at the Election Commission of Pakistan, said they will assess the status of the MML on Oct. 11 when a five-judge panel of the commission will meet in the capital Islamabad.

He said the party had recently sought to register with the commission, but...