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Pakistan demands bonds from militants instead of arrest

Pakistan is demanding cash pledges from almost 600 Islamic militants in a new attempt to prevent banned extremist groups re-emerging under new names, officials said. The pledges are being sought as security bonds as an an alternative approach to mass arrests, which Pakistan used last year in an unsuccessful crackdown on militant groups. “They are being asked to give surety bonds of good behavior. If they violate them we will arrest them and their surety will be forfeited,” a senior police intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Nearly 600 activists of militant groups outlawed on Saturday have been ordered to pay security bonds of up to 100,000 rupees (1,725 dollars), he said Wednesday. Full Story

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