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Pakistan Court Blocks Extradition

Friday, 08 November 2002 12:00 AM

Pakistani newspapers reported this week that the United States asked Pakistan to extradite Dr. Amir Aziz for interrogation.

The provincial high court in Lahore gave the government until Tuesday to explain the detention of Aziz, who has been in police custody for more than two weeks without charges being filed. The authorities say he is being interrogated by the intelligence services.

Quoting senior Pakistani security officials, local newspapers reported that Aziz has also been interrogated by FBI agents.

Justice Tassaduq Husain Jilani of the Lahore High Court had earlier directed the federal and provincial governments to submit detailed reports about the arrest and whereabouts of Aziz. The judge issued the order on a writ petition filed by Aziz's mother.

The judge directed the government to inform the court that who had arrested Aziz and under which law he was charged.

Earlier reports said that Aziz maintained close links with al Qaida operatives and had provided medical facilities to some of them. But his lawyers told the court that Aziz he has been providing free medical facilities to people in Lahore "without asking them their caste, creed or race."

Counsel Ehsan Wyne said the physician has been arrested under U.S. pressure. "The only crime he had committed was that he was serving the ailing humanity on the call of his profession," the counsel added.

His lawyers requested the court to order Aziz's recovery and release because, they said. Pakistani authorities had not followed proper legal procedures.

Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court in Karachi formally charged five Islamic militants Friday with plotting the suicide bomb attack outside the U.S. consulate, lawyers said.

Judge Aale Maqbool Rizvi, of a special anti-terrorism court, read out charges of murder, attempted murder, abetment, use of explosives and terrorism against the accused. The charges carry the death penalty.

The June 14 attack, executed by a suicide bomber in an explosives-packed vehicle, killed 12 Pakistanis.

Police say the five suspects belong to the Harkatul Mujahedin al-Alaami, a militant group formed after the collapse of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan. Some of the members of the group have been trained in Afghanistan during the Taliban reign, police said.

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