- Hafiz Saeed's Jammat-ud-Dawah launched political party last month
- Party backed a US-designated terrorist as candidate in bypoll this month
- Candidate says party will field contenders in every constituency in 2018
Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate who was defeated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz yesterday from a parliamentary seat that fell vacant after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court, said the new front "will field candidates in every constituency of the country in next year's election".
"We have got a very good response in NA-120 (bypoll). It was our first election and people have welcomed us," said Yaqoob, who contested as an independent candidate since the Milli Muslim League is yet to be registered as political party.
The JuD formed Milli Muslim League at the time when Saeed was detained in Lahore.
Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - were placed under house arrest in Lahore on January 30 under anti- terrorism act.
The JuD has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. The JuD chief also carries a USD 10 million American reward for evidence proving his role in terror activities.