The Lahore High Court ordered on Monday that five Americans detained in the country who officials said were seeking to join up with militant groups should not be deported, said a lawyer.

The lawyer said the court blocked any attempt to deport the five in response to a request filed by a human rights activist.

"They should not be handed over to the FBI or America or any other country until this petition is decided," said Tariq Asad. "The court has restrained the government from handing the five over."

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