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No deportation for Americans held in Pakistan: lawyer

A Pakistani court today directed the government not to deport five American Muslim youths, arrested on suspicion of terror links, to the US or any other country.

world Updated: Dec 14, 2009 14:31 IST

A Pakistani court ordered on Monday that five Americans detained in the country who officials said were seeking to join up with militant groups should not be deported, said a lawyer.

The lawyer said the court blocked any attempt to deport the five in response to a request filed by a human rights activist.

"They should not be handed over to the FBI or America or any other country until this petition is decided," said Tariq Asad. "The court has restrained the government from handing the five over."