India-Pakistan: Baluchistan Burns

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January 3, 2006: In Pakistan's southwest (Baluchistan), there has been a growing insurrection among the Baluchi tribesmen that predominate there. In 2005 there were nearly 200 bombs set off, 275 rocket attacks, eight attempts to cut the natural gas pipelines, 36 attacks on the electrical distribution system, and 19 attacks on rail lines. Troops are on the offensive again in Baluchistan, continuing fighting that has been going on for over two weeks.

January 2, 2006: Some 40 percent of the 1,800 foreign students in Pakistani religious schools (madrasses) are still in the country. The heads of some schools are ignoring the government order to expel foreign students. While most of the foreign students are legit, some have been found to be terrorists, who received much of their motivation and training at Pakistani madrasses. The government is not really sure exactly how many students there are in madrasses. There are believed to be 20,000, but so far only about 6,000 have registered. Police visited 27 madrasses and took action against about 110 foreign students. All madrasses supposed to have registered, and expelled their foreign students, by the end of 2005. Further complicating the issue is the large number of government officials, and military officers, who favor the madrasses and what they do.

January 1, 2006: In Indian Kashmir, police killed the deputy chief of the Harkat-ul-Mujahedin Islamic terrorist group. Increasingly, the leadership of the Islamic terror groups operating in Kashmir are being found. This is because most Moslem Kashmiris are tired of the years of fighting, and are providing the police with more information.

 

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