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Pakistan agencies detain 20 over Kayani video

March 30, 2012 02:39 IST

Intelligence agencies detained more than 20 activists of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Lahore on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in making a video that accused Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani of "treachery".

Intelligence operatives raided a house in C-Block of the posh Model Town area and detained the Hizb-ut-Tahrir activists, official sources told PTI.

The operatives seized computers, CDs and literature from the possession of the detained activists.

"The intelligence agencies picked up the Hizb-ut-Tahri men as the organisation had posted a video on the Internet that spoke about army chief Gen Kayani's treachery in the war on terror," a source said.

Hours before the raid, a Hizb-ut-Tahrir spokesman sent SMS messages to journalists in Lahore and Islamabad that contained a link to the video posted against the army chief.

The arrested Hizb-ut-Tahrir activists were taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation, sources said.

Since the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid by US special forces in Abbottabad in May last year, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir has been accused of fomenting unrest in the Pakistan Army.

The organisation distributed pamphlets in cantonments that urged soldiers to rise up against their officers.
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