December 2002 News

Pak arrests Lashkar chief

31 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Islamabad: Acting under international pressure, Pakistan today arrested Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, leader of Lashker-e-Toiba, one of the two militant groups accused of the attack on Indian Parliament and welcomed Indiaís positive reaction for it. Asked about the arrest of Saeed, a Foreign office spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan told reporters here ''yes he is arrested.'' He said the Lashker leader was arrested under the Public Maintenance Act of Pakistan for violating laws for making inflammatory speeches. The Pakistanís Foreign office spokesman said the decision to arrest the Lashker leader was nothing to do with the Indian demand. The decision to take action against militant groups violating Pakistani laws was taken some time ago by the Pervez Musharraf Government, he added. Asked for his reaction to the Indian official statement welcoming the arrest, he said he was not aware of any comment from the Indian officials. ''However if that is so I welcome that comment'', he said.


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