India-Pakistan: Rebel Activity Down, But Still Abundant

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December6, 2006: India has major rebel activity in its northwest (Islamic radicals trying to tear Kashmir from Indian control) and northeast (tribal separatists), as well as throughout eastern India. But this year, violence was generally down in all areas. The northwest had 1,442 violent incidents in the last year, down 17 percent from the previous year. The northeast had 1,106 violent incidents in the last year, down only one  percent from the previous year. But in the northeast, there was more progress in working out permanent peace deals. There was also a sharper decline in rebel related fatalities in the northeast, with 371 dead last year, a decline of  33 percent from the previous year.

The battle against Maoist rebels in eastern India also saw a six percent decline in violent incidents. There were 1,233 such incidents in the past year. Fatalities, however, were up four percent, to 589. 

Indian border police intercepted three men trying to sneak across from Pakistan. One was killed, and found to be carrying 22 pounds of heroin. Documents indicated the drugs came from a processing operation on the Afghan border. 

December 5, 2006: In northwest Pakistan, a member of a Pakistani intelligence agency was caught trying to plant a bomb outside the office of the chief minister of the province (which is run by Islamic conservatives). Federal officials soon came to get the bomber out of jail, and the provincial government protested. 

December 4, 2006: Indian police have captured documents indicating that Maoist rebels are increasingly concerned about disloyalty within their ranks, and the presence of police informers. 

December 3, 2006: In northwest Pakistan, an Islamic terrorist traveling in a taxi, was stopped at an army check point. After throwing a grenade at the soldiers, the terrorist was shot dead. One soldier died and another was wounded.

December 2, 2006: In eastern India, a Maoist mine destroyed a police trucks and killed 13 policemen. 

December 1, 2006: In Pakistan, police arrested 1,138 Afghan refugees last month, accusing of them of criminal and terror related activities. While most Afghan refugees have returned home in the last five years, several hundred thousand refuse to leave, because they have established themselves economically in Pakistan. Some of that economic activity is criminal (smuggling, kidnapping) or terrorist related. 

November 29, 2006:  The rail line from Pakistan to Iran was cut by an explosion. Tribal rebels were suspected of that, as well as firing two rockets at an army base.

 

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