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ORAC
3rd May 2003, 03:27
US & UK advise nationals to leave India and Pakistan (http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/south/05/31/kashmir.attack.evacuations/index.html)

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan took steps to protect the capital of its portion of Kashmir from possible Indian airstrikes and moved more troops to its Indian frontier Friday amid growing fears of war between South Asia's nuclear rivals.

Both India and Pakistan stepped up their preparations for a possible conflict over Kashmir, the Himalayan territory that each has claimed since independence from Britain in 1947.

Local authorities said Friday the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, will be under a nighttime blackout from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. India says the city is home to camps that train Kashmiri separatist fighters battling Indian rule over its portion of Kashmir, and authorities in Muzaffarabad said an Indian air raid on the city is possible.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian and Pakistani troops are amassed along the border between the two countries and along the Line of Control, the U.N.-drawn border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan........

U.S. officials believe al Qaeda members may be trying to foment conflict between India and Pakistan to distract the Pakistani government from pursuing the terrorist network.

While they say they have no evidence connecting al Qaeda to attacks on Indian targets, officials say evidence of ties to militants suspected of involvement is considerable. Pakistani officials say -- and U.S. officials confirm -- that some al Qaeda members have moved into major cities throughout Pakistan.

Brahma Chellaney, a professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi and an informal adviser to the Indian government, told CNN that "war clouds will begin to disperse" once Musharraf cracks down on suspected terrorists within Pakistan. "If that does not happen, war is very likely," he said.

HugMonster
3rd May 2003, 05:22
Pakistani pace bowlers are far better than the Indians - but India excels at spin - almost as good as Trinis.

Caslance
3rd May 2003, 06:47
U.S. officials believe al Qaeda members may be trying to foment conflict between India and Pakistan to distract the Pakistani government from pursuing the terrorist network.
India and Pakistan have been at daggers drawn over Kashmir since 1947, and have gone to war on more than one occasion.

I can see Al-Qaeda will really have their work cut out with this one! :rolleyes:

rotorcraig
3rd May 2003, 07:01
CNN report is dated May 31, 2002 - advice is almost a year old?!

Today's report is India restores ties with Pakistan (http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/05/02/india.pakistan/index.html)