An official says a top Pakistani court has issued an order saying five American men held here on suspicion of terror links cannot be deported before judges review their case.

Pakistani police have said the five Muslims wanted to join militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal areas before going to Afghanistan.

They were picked up by local police last week in the town of Sargodha. They have not been charged with any crime in Pakistan or produced in court.

No deportation order has been issued, but Lahore high court registrar Tahir Pervez said the court wants more information before any deportation is allowed.

It issued the order Monday on in response to a petition by a civil rights activist.

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