Pakistani Police Arrest Militant
Aug. 13, 2002
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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) _ Pakistani police have arrested a suspected Islamic militant who was allegedly carrying five hand grenades and planning attacks on churches in Punjab province, officials said Tuesday.
Police accuse Qari Ghulam Haider, 24, of being a member of the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf outlawed last year. Several of the group's members have allegedly planned and carried out political assassinations and attacks against minority Shiite Muslims and Christians in recent years.
Pakistani police in May killed Riaz Basra, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's leader, and several other leaders and associates have been jailed and face various charges.
Haider was arrested early Tuesday in Vehari, 525 miles south of Islamabad, and confessed that he was planning attacks on churches, the police officials said.