India-Pakistan: October 3, 2001

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Kashmiri terrorist groups have denied responsibility for yesterdays bombing in Kashmir. The terrorists blame the attack in Indian intelligence agents. In Pakistan, 20-40,000 demonstrators in the Pakistani city of Quetta. There are millions of energetic Taliban supporters in Pakistan. Many soldiers and army officers are also pro-Taliban. These Taliban supporters, plus millions of less fanatic Pakistanis are in favor of turning Pakistan into an Islamic republic. But the majority of the population, and the armed forces, do not want an Islamic republic. So far, the armed forces have backed president (former general) Musharraf and his opposition to the Taliban and terrorism. But the War on Terrorism is also, according to India, also against separatist terrorists in Kashmir. These terrorists are backed by Pakistan and are popular with the majority of Pakistanis. Because of this volatile situation, Pakistan has yet to officially allow American troops operate in Pakistan. Meanwhile, American special forces are allowed to quietly operate out of Pakistani bases (along with British and Australian commandoes.) It has also been revealed that just before general Musharraf overthrew the civilian government, a special unit of 90 Pakistani commandoes were preparing to enter Afghanistan to kill Osama bin Laden. The new military government, which has always been directly involved with the Kashmiri terrorists and Taliban, halted the operation. But the Pakistani military has been increasingly disillusioned with the Taliban, and the growing influence of the bin Laden organization in Afghanistan. 

 

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