600 suspected militants detained in Pakistan terror crackdown Kate Heneroty at 10:11 AM ET
[JURIST] Approximately 600 suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in a week-long, nationwide effort by Pakistani security forces. Pakistan officials say that those arrested include 295 people belonging to banned militant groups and 300 others including clerics, prayer leaders, and those believed to have incited anti-Western and sectarian hatred through sermons and literature. Those arrested under the Anti-Terrorism Act [JURIST report] may be detained for up to one year without indictment. President Pervez Musharraf [Wikipedia profile] has been accused of conducting the raids to appease Western allies, but government officials maintain the raids are not related to the recent bombings in London [JURIST report]. AFP has more.
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