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India Says Kashmir Raids Won't Derail Peace Bid

India Wednesday accused a Pakistan-based guerrilla group of launching the latest wave of attacks in disputed Kashmir, but vowed not to be deflected from its new push for peace with Islamabad. Speaking in Kashmir, Defense Minister George Fernandes accused the Lashkar-e-Taiba separatist group of mounting the raids and told reporters “many factions” inside Pakistan were trying to derail the peace process by stirring violence in India. “This should not be allowed to happen,” he added. Fernandes visited the site of Tuesday’s suicide assault near the winter capital, Jammu, in which three Islamic militants killed eight Indian soldiers, including a brigadier, and wounded two generals. That raid came a day after militants killed six people and wounded 46 in an attack on Hindu pilgrims. Fernandes gave no evidence for his charge against Lashkar, also blamed for an attack on India’s parliament in December, 2001, that triggered a standoff between South Asia’s nuclear rivals and brought them close to war last year. Full Story

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