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Pakistani president warns of extremist threats to Pakistan

(AP) President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Friday that suicide bombers were holed up in a mosque in the capital and said extremists pose the “gravest threat” to Pakistan. The warning about extremist threats to Pakistan comes amid a gathering campaign for Musharraf, a close U.S. ally against terrorism, to step down and put an end to eight years of military rule. In Islamabad, authorities are locked in a five-month standoff with a downtown mosque where radicals have repeatedly kidnapped alleged prostitutes and police officers in a drive to impose a harsh version of Islamic law. Speaking to reporters Friday, Musharraf said security forces were ready to raid the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque to end its vigilante campaign. But he said female students from an adjoining seminary were ready to carry out suicide attacks to defend the complex. He said members of Jaish-e-Moahmmed, a banned militant group with links to al-Qaida, were also in the mosque. “They are suicide bombers. They have explosives,” Musharraf said at a journalism seminar. “I am not a coward, but there is a problem. There is a very serious problem that there are committed people” in the mosque, Musharraf said. Observers cite the Red Mosque’s continued defiance as a further example of how extremists are extending their influence across Pakistan. Pro-Taliban militants hold sway in the tribal zone bordering Afghanistan and hardline clerics and their followers are flexing their muscles across much of the northwest. Critics accuse Musharraf of manipulating militant groups via Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agencies. However, his failure to prevent their rise has also exposed him to considerable domestic and international criticism. On Friday, Musharraf said extremism was the “gravest threat” to Pakistan and that would address the nation next week on measures to combat it. He didn’t mention al-Qaida, whose leaders are suspected of hiding along the rugged frontier with Afghanistan. But he said foreign militants were planning attacks abroad from Pakistani soil. “We know that there are foreigners in the mountains” near the border, Musharraf said. “We have evidence that the foreigners are there and they are also planning attacks outside. “If it happens, let me tell you there will be incalculable consequences for Pakistan. We have to stop it,” Musharraf said.

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June 29, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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