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Monday, 16 December, 2002, 17:29 GMT
Pakistani militant still under detention
Prison officials in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur say that Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the outlawed militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, continues to be under house arrest - two days after a high court ordered his release.

Mr Azhar was taken into custody a year ago and has been confined to his house in Bahawalpur, though he hasn't been formally charged.

Last Saturday, a three-member review board of the Lahore High Court rejected the government's plea to extend his detention, saying the authorities had failed to bring enough evidence to support their request.

The Indian government has blamed Mr Azhar and his men for a number of violent acts, including an attack on the Indian parliament last December.

Maluana Masood Azhar was freed from an Indian prison in late 1999 as part of a deal to secure the release of the passengers of an Indian airlines plane which had been hijacked to Kandahar.

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