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Pak Jamaat-e-Islami chief released by NWFP govt, but rearrested by Punjab govt

Pakistani fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed has been detained in connection with a case relating to an attack on a police station, the government said.

Ahmed, who led a series of anti-government rallies last year, was detained on Monday in Lahore hours after his release in Peshawar after almost three months of detention.

The Punjab government said in a statement that Ahmed was re-arrested in connection with the attack on a local police station, which was set on fire and the weapons looted, in 1999. He has been accused of instigating the attack.

The Jamaat chief was taken into preventive detention three months ago for his fire-brand speeches supporting the Taliban and criticising Pakistan government's support to the United States war against terrorism.

He was briefly released by the North West Frontier Province government on Monday in Peshawar as his petition contesting his detention came up for hearing in the supreme court in Islamabad. The court later dismissed his petition.

After his release, Qazi was flown to Islamabad from Peshawar and later taken to Lahore where he was re-arrested and kept in a local hospital. He reportedly has cardiac problems.

His party has condemned the arrest.

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