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    ISAF detains Nangarhar religious scholar

    JALALABAD (PAN): Foreign troops detained a religious scholar in the Ghanikhel district of the eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, with the Ulema Council seeking the immediate release of its member.

    Helicopter-borne International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers detained Maulvi Gulab Hassankhel and his brother, Turab, during the predawn raid on their house in the Galaee village.

    Ulema Council head Maulvi Bahrullah told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had no links with militants. The council warned of staging protests if the the religious leader was not freed within 12 hours.

    The government was constitutionally responsible for protecting the lives and property of citizens, he said, asking the rulers not to allow foreigners to conduct such irresponsible operations.

    District chief Esa Khan Zwak confirmed the arrest of two people, but refused to give further details.

    Meanwhile, a statement from ISAF confirmed the arrest of two militant commanders during a joint operation in the Shinwari district of Nangarhar. It accused the detainees of planning and conducting operations and supplying weapons to rebels.