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Relative of Afghan Warlord Hekmatyar Detained in Pakistan - 2002-10-30


Pakistani security agents have detained a close relative of a renegade Afghan warlord wanted by the United States.

Police said former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's son-in-law -- Ghairat Baheer - was taken from his house in Islamabad Tuesday. They said Mr. Baheer's computers, personal files were confiscated and his body guards and two house maids were also arrested.

Pakistani media reports say agents from the U-S Federal Bureau of Investigation took part in the operation. But Pakistani police refused to confirm or deny the reports.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who heads Afghanistan's Hezb-i-Islami faction, is suspected of teaming up with Taleban and al-Qaida remnants to launch a campaign to destabilize the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai.

In recent months, Mr. Hekmatyar repeatedly called for jihad - or holy war - against U-S led coalition forces in Afghanistan. He is also suspected of involvement in a series of bombing attacks in and around Kabul, including last month's car bomb blast that killed more than 25 people and wounded about 100 others.

Mr. Hekmatyar's current whereabouts are not known. He was expelled from Iran earlier this year after publicly calling for the ouster of the U-S backed interim Afghan government. His faction was one of the U-S aided guerrilla groups that fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980's.

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