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Pakistan stepping up security

Security is being tightened across the country as fears grow over plans by militant groups to destabilise the military-led regime at a time when it appears vulnerable. President General Pervez Musharraf has been widely criticised for failing to formally oppose the deeply unpopular U.S.-led war on Iraq. Militant religious parties, some of which have close ties with banned terrorist groups, have led growing popular opposition to the U.S. invasion. The latest protests were seen in Quetta, where calls were also made against Musharraf, alongside Bush and Blair. Official sources say it is impossible to anticipate when or where terrorist groups might strike. But they say U.S. and UK business interests are particularly vulnerable. “There is an increased danger that others will say: ‘Here is an opportunity to attack western business interests in Pakistan,'” said a senior official in Islamabad. Full Story

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