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Topic 59 of 96: Pakistan

Tue, Oct 16, 2001 (10:49) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
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 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 1 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Oct 16, 2001 (10:49) * 5 lines

Pakistan Says U.S. Should 'Take Out' Taliban Leader

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 2 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Oct 16, 2001 (10:51) * 6 lines

Controversy brewing over Musharraf interview.

Did it take place or not?

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 3 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Nov 24, 2001 (21:08) * 25 lines 

Pakistan is evacuating Pakistanis who have been fighting alongside Afghan
Taliban forces trapped in Kunduz.

"American officials, who have been evasive on this subject, say they do
not have information on the planes. Pakistani officials today declined

"The United States is indebted to Pakistan for its support of the war
against terrorism but has said it wants any foreign fighters trapped in
Kunduz captured or killed. Pakistan has made clear that it is deeply
concerned about some of its agents and soldiers trapped in the town."


"Some alliance officials accused Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, an alliance
commander, of striking a deal with the Pakistani government to evacuate
several hundred foreign fighters. Atiqullah Baryalai, the deputy defense
minister, was one of a handful of Northern Alliance leaders who asserted
today that General Dostum had allowed more than 50 pickup trucks full of
foreigners to leave Kunduz and gather at an undisclosed location outside
Mazar-i-Sharif. Mr. Baryalai said he suspected that General Dostum may
have acted at the request of the Pakistani government."

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 4 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Nov 24, 2001 (21:30) * 39 lines 

Washington Post:

Pakistan Continues to Hold Nuclear Scientists

Pakistan's military intelligence service continues to detain two
nuclear scientists for questioning about their alleged connections to
Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist group, senior Pakistani
intelligence sources said today.

"We want to be absolutely sure before giving a clean chit to nuclear
scientists who had confessed to having met Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar
and several al Qaeda leaders last year," said a senior Pakistani

Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Abdul Majid have acknowledged meeting
bin Laden and Taliban leader Mohammed Omar during at least three visits
to Afghanistan last year, the sources said. But the scientists have
insisted throughout the six-week investigation that those meetings were
in connection with Ummah Tameer-I-Nau [Islamic Reconstruction], a
relief agency they founded in 1999.


Mahmood ... vigorously advocated extensive production of weapons-grade
plutonium and uranium enrichment with a view toward equipping other
Islamic countries with nuclear capabilities


"Mahmood was the strongest advocate of the view that only nuclear
weapons could provide ultimate security to Muslim nations against
infidel powers," said an MIT-trained Pakistani nuclear scientist who
works at a key Pakistani nuclear facility and spoke on condition of

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 5 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Dec  3, 2001 (12:55) * 33 lines 
Pakistan's Jihad Fervor Replaced by Resentment

By KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer

TALASH, Pakistan -- Mohammed Youssef tried to stop it, first calling
the local religious leader on the phone, then following his convoy of
young jihad recruits into Afghanistan and confronting him in person.
Don't take them, Youssef said. They're just boys. They don't know how
to fight. If it gets bad, they don't know how to run.

"I personally talked to Sufi Mohammed twice and requested him not to
go to Afghanistan with the large number of young people, all
untrained," Youssef, a 55-year-old veteran of the Afghan war with the
Soviets, said over the weekend. " 'Don't kill them,' I asked him. But
he did not listen to me, and he refused."

After the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Afghanistan began eight weeks
ago, young Pakistani men from the deeply religious border region were
clamoring for the chance to fight with the Taliban. In this small
farming village in the northwest frontier, more than 60 youths joined
thousands of others who followed Mohammed, charismatic founder of the
fundamentalist Movement for the Enforcement of the Laws of Muhammad,
across the rugged frontier to take up arms.

A few weeks later, the Taliban was in substantial retreat, reports of
Pakistani fighters being slaughtered were emerging, and Mohammed
slipped quietly back across the border. Of the 60 jihadis who left
with him from Talash, fewer than 25 have returned.

"It's a tragedy," Shansur Rehman, whose 23-year-old son was confirmed
dead near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, said with a shrug.


 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 6 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Dec 26, 2001 (08:23) * 24 lines 

Just in time for Xmas:
Tuesday December 25, 3:50 AM
Pakistan military warns of nuclear conflict with India
By Raja Asghar

CHAKOTHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - A senior Pakistani army officer said on
Monday continued border clashes with India could spark an
uncontrollable flareup involving nuclear weapons.
[. . .]
"Because in that situation, that tension, even a small little incident
can result in a chain reaction which nobody will be able to control,"
he told Reuters Television at Muzaffarabad, capital of the
Pakistani-held part of Kashmir.

He said an all-out war between the two nations could "become really
horrific for the entire world". Asked if nuclear weapons could be used,
Yaqub, giving what he called his personal view, said:

"But if there is a war between the two countries and if any country
feels that it comes to its own survival, probably there won't be any
hesitation to use nuclear weapons."

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 7 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Dec 28, 2001 (09:59) * 109 lines 
Three "must read" articles.

Najam Sethi, in his weekly editorial:


As India ferries its tanks and missiles to the border to "teach Pakistan
a lesson" for "meddling in Kashmir", it might sensibly pause to consider
its error. One nuclear power canít possibly teach another nuclear power
lessons through war. Nor can it rest assured that its military
intervention will have limited objectives. Escalation is inevitable when
each side is able and willing to hit back, as both India and Pakistan
discovered to their mutual discomfort in the Kargil conflict.

Equally, Pakistanís old strategic doctrine of supporting proxy wars in
Indiaís periphery, especially through an Islamic jehad in Kashmir, so
the conventional military balance is restored to more manageable
proportions, is out of sync with recent realities. In particular, the
9/11 world sees Islamic jehad as pure terrorism that must be stamped out

Then, Khaled Ahmed, who has just been thunderous in his critique of
Pakistan government policy the last month or so:

Extremism and shariat: One reason Talibanisation spread in Pakistan was
identity between what Mulla Umar wanted to enforce in Afghanistan and
which the ideological state of Pakistan wants to enforce as shariat
. There
is a general misconception in Pakistan that the Taliban actually put
forward a vision of Islam which was alien to Pakistan. The truth of the
matter is that the Taliban vision was alien to Afghanistan and was
to it from Pakistan. The department of Amr bil Maruf , responsible for
of the extreme measures taken in Afghanistan, was actually proposed by
PML government of Nawaz Sharif in its 15th Amendment. The only difference
is that Mulla Umar went ahead and implemented what the Pakistani state
first in contemplating. The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has
been recommending institutional reform - for instance the
office of Hisba - that would 'complete' the ideological state.

And finally an intricately argued piece by Ejaz Haider on the dynamics
of the India/Pakistan conflict and the status of Kashmir:

There is need therefore for India to give General Pervez Musharraf the
to implement the rethought policy. The problem the general is facing just
now is the all- or nothing situation he is confronted with. That is a
problem inherent in any policy that has been allowed to run longer than
should have. Given Indiaís refusal to talk Kashmir, the issue before
Islamabad is whether Kashmir can be kept alive without its force-
multiplying role -- i.e., whether the Kashmiri groups themselves will be
able to sustain New Delhiís repressive policies and allow Pakistan to
a purely political role. This is especially important if India continues
deny that Kashmir is a dispute.

Nicholas Kristof in the Friday NYT:


The scariest aspect of the crisis between India and Pakistan today is not
the way troops are exchanging artillery fire along the snowy mountains of

Rather, it is the way the escalations mimic war simulations held over the
years. Spooks and scholars have conducted many mock conflicts between the
two countries, with specialists playing the parts of leaders on each
Very frequently the result is nuclear war.

In conversations with experts, including those who launched nuclear
in these war games, the precariousness of the South Asian nuclear balance
is clear. Paradoxically, the tiny number of nuclear weapons on each side
creates instability and an incentive to launch a first strike -- use your
arsenal or lose it.

Now, I don't really think that another war will erupt between India and
Pakistan, or that if it does it will go nuclear. Essentially what is
happening is that the Indian government is huffing and bluffing, both for
domestic political gain and to scare Pakistan into making concessions. As
Stephen P. Cohen, an American scholar, puts it: "The Indians are
the crisis to an international level. They see this as a good opportunity
to press Pakistan."

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 8 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, May 18, 2002 (17:10) * 14 lines 

Pakistani police are DNA testing blood and hair samples from a
butchered body found in a shallow grave 18 miles from the center of
Karachi to confirm whether the remains are those of Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl. The body was found near a blood-splattered
shack where Pearl was believed to be murdered. A chair found in the
shed matches the one Pearl was photographed in by his abductors. Police
also say they found the top of the track suit Pearl was wearing in the
death video.

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 9 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, May 31, 2002 (10:47) * 19 lines 
Posted on Fri, May. 31, 2002

India Says Al Qaeda Moving to Pakistani Kashmir

NEW DELHI - (Reuters) - A large number of al Qaeda militants have moved to Pakistani Kashmir from Afghanistan and have joined separatists opposed to Indian rule in its part of Kashmir, Indian defense officials said on Friday.

Some of the militants have set up base close to a cease-fire line between Indian and Pakistani forces in the disputed Himalayan region but there was no evidence any of the al Qaeda members had crossed into Indian Kashmir, a defense official said.

The Indian officials, citing military intelligence reports from Pakistani Kashmir, said the al Qaeda members moving to the region were evading U.S. and Pakistani security forces hunting for them elsewhere in Pakistan.

"There are a plethora of reports from premier (intelligence) agencies that al Qaeda has merged with terrorist camps there," a senior defense official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

"They have obviously shifted to areas lesser developed and where the law and order situation is far more looser.

 Topic 59 of 96 [news]: Pakistan
 Response 10 of 10: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Sep 20, 2002 (06:31) * 25 lines 

Pakistan Says Arrests Suspect in Suicide Bombing

Filed at 3:56 p.m. ET

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said Wednesday it had arrested seven
``most wanted terrorists'' including the suspected mastermind of a
suicide bombing which killed 11 French naval engineers in the port city
of Karachi earlier this year.

. . .

The arrests came a day after Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez
Musharraf vowed to crack down on local militant groups involved in
attacks on foreign nationals and religious minorities in the Muslim

``Top leaders of local militant groups have been arrested, while with
the passage of time others will also be held,'' he told senior bankers
in Karachi. ``We cannot allow a handful of fanatics to hold hostage the
destiny of 140 million people.''

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