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Pakistan Gets Tough on Protest Leaders

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posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 12:46 PM
After several days of violent protests in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf has ordered that a radical Islamic leader be detained to prevent him from leading continued protests over the Danish cartoon controversy.
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed was held in Lahore as he prepared for a rally after Friday's prayers, his spokesman said.

More than 100 other protesters have also been detained across Pakistan, amid reports of clashes with police.

The detained Mr Saeed is the founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a banned militant group fighting in Indian-administered Kashmir. He now heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa - a radical group that is under government surveillance.

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General Musharraf is in a tight spot. On the one hand the muslim protestors are getting out of control. On the other hand his government and it's pro-US policies are trying to maintain power in a largely anti-US, muslim majority nation.

However, it is definitely high-time he did something about the escalating violence caused by the cartoon controversy that is plaguing Pakistan.

[edit on 24-2-2006 by asala]

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