India-Pakistan: October 11, 1999

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Two attempts to kill prominent Kashmiri politicians resulted in one injured policeman, one dead civilian and seven dead Islamic fundamentalists. 

October 9; In the past ten days, fifty or more have died in religious violence between Suni and Shiite activists in Pakistan. The violence is part of attacks by Sunni extremists on Shiite Moslems in  Pakistan. Sunnis are mainstream Moslems, but the second largest sect is Shia Islam, which is concentrated in Iran and adjacent areas (southern Iraq and costal areas of the Persian Gulf as well parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.) Extremist Sunnis consider Shiites heretics, although most Sunis are more tolerant. Like most other Moslem sects, Shiites are allowed to freely visit Islamic holy places in Saudi Arabia. Police have arrested over a thousand people in the last few weeks in their search for the Sunni activists. 

October 4; Artillery and machine-gun fire was heard all along the 720 kilometer line of control in Kashmir. Most of the firing appeared to be coming from the Indian side. The police on the Indian side have arrested over two dozen suspected members of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), which is threatening to stage an mass, unarmed march back and forth across the line of control. India has threatened to fire on the marchers, who are to make their march today.

October 3; Indian shelling across the line of control killed one Pakistani civilian and wounded two.

October 1; Moslem militants killed a Kashmiri politician, while in different actions the police killed eleven militants. 

 

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