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KASHMIRI FIGHTERS SAY PAKISTAN HAS CLOSED BORDER, INDIA DEPLOYS TROOPS

Militant Kashmiri separatists accused the Pakistani government Friday of selling out their cause by closing the border with the disputed region of Kashmir. Despite news of a possible crackdown on cross-border movement, Indian military officials announced the deployment of 10,000 more troops to the troubled province. A senior member of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a group labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S., reportedly told the Reuters news service that Pakistan had denied his group’s effort to send fighters across the so-called Line of Control [LOC] between Pakistan- and India-controlled Kashmir. “Since early April, mujahideen [holy Islamic warriors] are not being allowed to cross the LOC,” the official said. “Summer is the time when Pakistani mujahideen cross into Kashmir to help Kashmiri fighters. It is a big blow.” Full Story

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