Islamabad, Nov. 8 (Reuters): A Pakistani court ordered the military government today not to extradite a prominent doctor detained on suspicion of links with al Qaida without High Court permission.
The provincial High Court in Lahore gave the government until Tuesday to explain the detention since last month of the doctor, Amir Aziz.
“He should not be extradited to the United States without the permission of the court,” Judge Tassadaq Hussain Gilani said in response to a petition filed by Aziz's mother challenging his detention and requesting that he should not be extradited.
Aziz has been detained for more than two weeks without charge. The authorities say he is being interrogated by the intelligence services but have given no reason.
Aziz’s brother Imran said last month the doctor was detained on October 21 by police working with FBI agents and he had been accused of supplying anthrax to al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
Imran said his brother had visited Afghanistan during Taliban rule, but only to give humanitarian assistance. His arrest has angered many Pakistanis including doctors.
, and the six-party alliance of hardline Islamic groups, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, which won an unexpected number of seats in October 10 national election.
Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider said this week the government had not received a request from the United States for the extradition of Aziz.
The military government is a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror and has allowed FBI agents to operate on its terrority in pursuit of al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives, something that has greatly angered Islamic militants.