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Pakistan sets surrender deadline for mosque leaders

Pakistan Gov has set a deadline of 11:00 am on Wednesday for the leaders of a hardline mosque to surrender.

world Updated: Jul 05, 2007 03:35 IST

Pakistan's government has set a deadline of 11:00 am (0600 GMT) Wednesday for the leaders of a hardline mosque to surrender after clashes, that have left 16 people dead, the information secretary said.

Anwar Mehmood told a news conference in Islamabad that the deadline has been set for the "mosque administration to surrender, hand over their weapons" to troops outside the Lal Masjid.

"At the moment law enforcement agencies are exercising restraint... they are not going to fire until they are fired at," he said. "The men who surrender will be ensured safety."