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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Pakistan militant detention queried
A court in Pakistan has asked the government to explain why it is detaining the founder of the outlawed militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba.

The Lahore High Court has given the authorities two days to explain why they are holding Hafez Mohammad Saeed, whose wife has challenged what she says is his illegal detention.

Mr Saeed was taken into custody after a bomb attack on the Indian parliament which Delhi blamed on two groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba, although Mr Saeed had already resigned from its leadership.

He was released in March, by order of the court, because he was not facing any criminal charges.

However, he was detained again six weeks later.

Lashkar-e-Toiba was one of five Islamic religious groups banned by the Pakistani government in January.

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