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    Musharraf Ordered Detained for 14 Days

    FILE - Pakistan's former president and head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party Pervez Musharraf (C) is escorted by security officials as he leaves an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.
    FILE - Pakistan's former president and head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party Pervez Musharraf (C) is escorted by security officials as he leaves an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.
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    A Pakistani court on Friday ordered former president Pervez Musharraf to be detained for 14 days for the 2007 commando operation against a militant mosque.

    The order was made hours after the court rejected a petition seeking to put the former president on the Exit Control List, which would prevent him from leaving the country.

    Pakistan arrested Musharraf Thursday, a day after he was granted bail in the last major case against him, raising the possibility he could leave the country.

    In the latest charge, Musharraf is accused of ordering a raid against an Islamabad mosque in 2007 to crack down on armed militants. The operation left a cleric and dozens of other people dead.

    A complaint against Musharraf in the so-called Red Mosque case was registered two weeks ago on the orders of a judge.

    The arrest came after the former president had been granted bail in three other cases and his lawyer said he was free to leave the country.

    Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and later ruled as president until resigning under threat of impeachment by his opponents in 2008. He then went into exile.

    He returned to Pakistan in March in a bid to resurrect his political career.

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