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Link to Qaeda Cited in Effort to Assassinate Pakistan Chief

President Pervez Musharraf said Monday that investigations into two attempts on his life last December point to a Libyan with probable links to Al Qaeda. His disclosure, the first public statement on investigators’ findings, came hours after security forces foiled what was apparently a plot to blow up the American Consulate in the southern port city of Karachi and two days before a planned visit to Pakistan by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. General Musharraf discussed the assassination investigations at a gathering of more than 500 tribal leaders from the semi-autonomous regions along the Afghan border. The meeting, in the northern city of Peshawar, was aimed at garnering their support for the current Pakistani military operation against Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants who are thought to have taken refuge in the tribal areas. Full Story

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