India-Pakistan: No Terrorist Camps Along the Border, No Sir

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February27, 2007: In eastern India, Maoists killed four policemen and tore up part of the main rail line. The Maoists also managed to hold a meeting, in a remote area, of their national leadership. The leaders reorganized once again (as they have every few years since the Indian Maoists were founded in 1969) and vowed to fight on for a communist state and workers paradise.

February 26, 2007: Police have determined that the February 18 bombing of a train traveling from India to Pakistan, was carried out using six bombs, planted in three railroad cars. The bombs were apparently planted in India by extremists opposed to better relations between India and Pakistan. Most of the 68 dead were Pakistanis. In Kashmir, Moslem civilians directed police to a group of Islamic terrorists, and three of the terrorists were killed. Same deal with a car bomb, which was defused. Islamic terrorists in Kashmir are spending more and more of their time attacking Moslems, trying to scare them into staying away from the police.

The U.S. vice president visited Pakistan, and presented more detailed evidence of al Qaeda and Taliban activity in the Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghan border. But Pakistani officials continued to insist that the al Qaeda bases were elsewhere in Pakistan, and that the Taliban were operating out of Afghanistan. The Pakistanis believe there is minor Taliban and al Qaeda activity in the tribal areas, and refuses to launch major operations to shut down those terrorist camps.

February 23, 2007: In Pakistan, a newspaper surveyed Moslem religious scholars about the legitimacy of suicide bombing attacks. The consensus was that such attacks were illegal when used against Moslems, but were permissible against non-Moslems, and Moslems you believed were not really Moslems (that is, Moslems you disagreed with, a tactic that al Qaeda typically uses.)

February 22, 2007: Pakistani intelligence expects more Taliban suicide bomber attacks, and believes most of them will be directed against senior government officials. The Taliban are trying to force the government to halt all military operations against pro-Taliban tribes. The government is inclined to comply, given the large number of people in the army and security services who are Islamic conservatives.

February 21, 2007: In southern Pakistan, an Islamic terrorist assassinated the provincial minister of social welfare because she was a woman and did not dress in an "Islamic" manner. In southwest Pakistan, Baluchi tribal rebels blew up the main natural gas pipeline again. Across the border in Indian Kashmir, Islamic terrorists have threatened to kill any Moslem Kashmiris who show up at the auditions for the Indian version of "American Idol."

February 20, 2007: Pakistan admitted that there were small (10-20 trainees) terrorist training camps in the tribal territories along the Afghan border, but denied that there were any larger facilities.

 

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