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Lashkar leader barred from addressing meeting

January 14, 2004 19:29 IST

An accused in the attack on the Indian Parliament, Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder Hafeez Muhammad Saeed was prevented from addressing a public meeting in Pakistan's Punjab province.

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Saeed, against whom New Delhi had long been urging action for his persistent anti-India speeches, prevented from addressing the meeting on Tuesday at a religious seminary in Multan and was briefly taken into custody, the Daily Times reported in Islamabad on Wednesday.

He had quit as Lashkar chief ahead of the 2002 ban on the outfit and formed a NGO Jamat ud Dawa, which was put on a watch list by the Pakistani government when it banned several extremist outfits about two months ago. Saeed was barred from addressing the meeting because his NGO was on the watch list, the daily said.

This action follows Pakistan's recent assurance to India that it will not allow its territory to be used by terrorists against any country.

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