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Pakistanis angry over U.S. capture of al Qaeda suspect

Islamist parties vented their outrage Monday over the weekend capture of key al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his subsequent handing over to U.S. custody, blasting President Pervez Musharraf anew for his alliance with the United States in the war on terror. “This is not a partnership, this is dictation,” scoffed Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami (JUI) party and a fierce critic of Musharraf. The JUI is one of two major parties in the United Action Forum (UAF) religious coalition that won stunning electoral victories in October. “He has sold our sovereignty to America, allowing the American agencies to do whatever they want,” Rehman said of Musharraf. “It is shameful.” As Rehman and others gave voice to the intense resentment felt by many Pakistanis at the involvement of U.S. agents in the manhunt for al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives hiding here, more information about Mohammed continued to trickle out from a variety of sources. Full Story

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