Pakistan extends charity leader's house arrest, admits no evidence

Pakistani authorities have extended for 60 days the detention of the founder of the Islamist group , a government spokesman said on Sunday.

Pakistan extends charity leader's house arrest, admits no evidence
Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest in the city of Lahore in early December after a U.N. Security Council committee added him and an Islamist charity he heads to a list of so-called "illegal organisation".

Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group in 1990 and for years it resisted Indian occupation in the Kashmir region. The group was banned in Pakistan in 2002.

He is also head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity.

Pervaiz Rasheed, a spokesman for the provincial government in Punjab, said Saeed and five senior charity members had their house arrest extended for 60 days. Fifty-five activists had been put on a watch list.

"We extended it because we have nothing against them to produce in court. We're acting on the U.N. resolution. After 60 days, we'll review it," Rasheed said.

Rasheed said the Punjab government had sealed about 70 Jamaat-ud-Dawa offices and taken over 30 of its schools and dispensaries.

India accused him of November's attacks in Mumbai.

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Last Mod: 11 Ocak 2009, 14:01
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