Pakistan opposition leader is arrested

Oct. 30, 2003 at 7:27 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Pakistani opposition leader, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who has been critical of his country's military ruler, is under arrest, accused of defaming the army.

Hashmi, the president of the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy, was taken into custody late Wednesday night.

The BBC said Hashmi is one of the most outspoken critics of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who seized power in a 1999 coup.

Hashmi is also the acting leader of a faction of the Pakistan Muslim League associated with Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister who was overthrown during the military coup.

The government issued a statement saying Hashmi was arrested because he had "maligned Pakistan army personnel and attempted to incite them to mutiny."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Israeli military calls up reserves for surprise drill
No reports of injuries after 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Alaska
Oklahoma Supreme Court denies rehearing, again orders removal of Ten Commandments statue
Plane crash kills four in Wisconsin
Construction underway at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility