A Pakistani court on Tuesday rejected handover of a U.S. diplomat who was arrested for killing two Pakistanis to the United States.
US man shot and killed two people in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
The United States has called for the immediate release of the American, identified by Pakistani police as Raymond Davis.
He told a court that he had acted in "self-defence" after fleeing what he said was a robbery attempt last week.
Acting on a petition by a lawyer requesting that the government be stopped from turning him over to the United States, the Lahore High Court ruled that Davis could not be moved out of Pakistan while his case was pending in court.
"The high court has said Raymond Davis should neither be handed over to any country nor be moved out of the jurisdiction of this court," the lawyer, Iqbal Jaffery, told Reuters.
The groups have warned authorities against releasing Davis. Some members of the Pakistani media, which have in the past accused U.S. aid workers of being spies, have also called for Davis to be put on trial in Pakistan.
Davis was remanded on Friday in police custody for six days for questioning.
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