Thursday, January 01, 2004

Musharraf against "extremists", mostly

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says he won't let "extremists" use Pakistani soil to carry out terrorism.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, has affirmed that he would not allow extremists to "misuse" his territory for activities against any other country and has voiced the hope that there would be forward movement towards resolution of Kashmir and other issues with India during next week's SAARC summit.

I wonder what he would call this:

Police say three people have died in an attack by suspected militants in Indian-administered Kashmir.

At least 16 bystanders at the station were also injured by gunfire and a grenade explosion, police said.

Militants have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir for 14 years - thousands have died in the conflict.

In the state's summer capital, Srinagar, police used teargas and batons to disperse demonstrators marking World Human Rights Day today.

Wednesday's attack took place near a bus station in the district of Poonch, the authorities say.

Police there are trying to locate a suspected militant who escaped after the attack.

The three people killed in the incident include a policeman and a militant, police said.

The march in Srinagar was headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of a hardline faction of the main grouping of Kashmiri separatist political parties.

Mr Geelani was taken into custody by police, as he tried to lead marchers from the city's Zero Bridge towards an office occupied by UN military observers.

Two other separatist leaders, Yasin Malik and Javed Mir, were also arrested by police.

Mr Malik's arrest also sparked protests from his supporters and police used teargas to disperse them.

India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring the uprising in Kashmir.

Pakistan denies the charge, saying it only lends diplomatic support to what it calls an indigenous insurgency.


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