India-Pakistan: Not A Very Tolerant Part Of The World

April 10, 2007: In western Pakistan, fighting between tribesmen and foreigners (mainly Uzbeks and Chechens) continues. So far, about 200 foreigners and fifty tribesmen have been killed. There are still several hundred foreigners unaccounted for. Many may have fled to other parts of Pakistan, or across the border into Afghanistan. The foreigners belong to al Qaeda, although many have been out of action for years, or are more interested in Islamic radicalism in their home countries, than in international Islamic terrorism. The continued fighting against the al Qaeda operatives has interrupted Islamic terrorist operations in the region. A force of some 2,000 heavily armed tribes men believe they have driven the al Qaeda foreigners out of all the large towns in the area.

April 9, 2007: In eastern India, increased activity by Maoist rebels has made the region deadlier than Kashmir, and its Islamic terrorists. This has been the developing pattern over the last two years. The Maoists, and the tribal separatists in the northeast, have become the cause of more casualties, and more of a problem, than the terrorists in Kashmir. April 8, 2007: In northern Pakistan, religious hatred between Sunnis and Shia has led to over fifty dead. About twenty percent of Pakistan is Shia. In nearby Kashmir, Islamic terrorists murdered at least five Hindus. Back in Pakistan, Christians are under additional threat by Islamic Radicals because of the Christian celebration of Easter. In western Pakistan, local tribes continue to hunt down and kill Central Asian Islamic radicals who have been living in the area for the past six years. This is not a very tolerant part of the world.

The Pakistani government has agreed to go along with some of the demands of Islamic conservatives, and crack down on prostitution. But the government refused demands that it forbid racy music or movies from being sold. April 5, 2007: While the U.S. gets blamed for supporting anti-Shia Baluchis in southwestern Pakistan, these gunmen are apparently being subsidized by Sunni Arab conservative groups in the Persian Gulf. The Baluchi tribes are largely Sunni, and exist in Iran as well. The majority Shia of Iran have never treated their Baluchi Sunnis well, and now the Iranian Baluchis are fighting back, with the help of fellow Baluchis from Pakistan, and cash from the Persian Gulf Arabs. April 4, 2007: Tribesmen continue fighting foreign al Qaeda militants in Pakistan, killing another 40-50 of them.

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