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U.S., U.K. urge Pakistan to stop terror

The United States and Britain issued an unusually strong warning to Pakistan Thursday, urging it to stop violence in Kashmir where a recent terrorist attack killed 24 civilians. “Pakistan should fulfill its commitment to stop infiltration across the Line of Control,” said a joint statement issued in Washington. “Pakistan should also do its utmost to discourage any acts of violence by militants in Kashmir,” said the statement, signed by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The unprecedented diplomatic reprimand followed Sunday night’s attack in a remote Kashmiri village in which 11 men, 11 women and two children, all Hindus, were killed. India blamed two Pakistan-based guerrilla groups — Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad — for the attack, which has led to fresh tensions between the nuclear rivals. The two groups are banned in Pakistan, which has condemned the attack and demanded an independent inquiry to find and punish those responsible. Full Story

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