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June 12, 2007:   While the Pakistani economy has been growing since 2001, the country is still very poor. Only about 20 percent of the population could be considered middle-class. Only about a third of the population has access to clean water (via pipes) and about half the population is illiterate. The poverty is greatest in the tribal areas along the Afghan and Iranian borders. Political corruption is rampant, and most political parties maintain armed militias or street gangs. There's never been a stable government, and usual pattern is a few years of military dictatorship, followed by a few years of corrupt political parties pretending to be running the country, while stealing as much as they can.

 

June 11, 2007:  In Kashmir, Indian border guards continue to confront Islamic terrorists trying sneak across from Pakistan. Three were killed today, while elsewhere in the area, Islamic terrorists killed three civilians.

 

June 10, 2007:  Pakistan will allow registered Afghan refugees to remain in Pakistan at least until 2009. But the unregistered are going to be expelled, as will any caught breaking the law. Pakistan would like all the Afghans gone, but Afghanistan has convinced Pakistan that Taliban violence in southern Afghanistan makes this unwise. Best to send Afghans back only as there are facilities to sustain them. Indian police captured a Maoist camp in central India. Two rebels were killed, and ammo and equipment captured.

 

June 9, 2007:  A team of Israeli counter-terror experts is meeting is meeting with their local counter-parts in India, on how to deal with Islamic terrorism and infiltration of terrorists across the border from Pakistan, in Kashmir. Israel is becoming a major supplier of military equipment to India, with sales of $1.6 billion last year. Meanwhile, the joint terrorism taskforce established with Pakistan has failed to work. Indian requests for information from Pakistan go unanswered. Pakistani border guards arrested two German Moslems and a Central Asian man, near the Iranian border. The men are suspected of belonging to al Qaeda.

 

June 8, 2007:  Faced with growing unrest in the cities, the government rescinded media restrictions it had imposed earlier in the week. In southwest Pakistan, a bomb went off, killing at least three people. 

 

June 6, 2007:  In the Pakistani border areas, the Taliban have threatened to attack reconstruction projects, unless the mosques damaged in fighting with the army last year, are  repaired first. The mosques were damaged when they were used as refuges for Taliban fighters and storage for ammunition and weapons.

 

 

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