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Pakistan backs Karzai with terror raids

There was only one message on the banners and posters dotted around Islamabad’s streets as the motorcade whizzed past amid tight security: “Pakistan welcomes Hamid Karzai”. But the warm greeting belied the sensitivity of the moment for the interim Afghan leader and his host, President Pervez Musharraf. Mr Karzai is worried about Taliban insurgents, who are threatening to upset next month’s presidential elections. Many are thought to use Pakistan as a base. General Musharraf offered his unqualified help. “Anybody trying to disrupt the election process … will not be allowed from Pakistan. We will act against them,” he vowed. These days Gen Musharraf’s promises carry extra weight, following a six-week drive against al-Qaida in Pakistan. From the back-streets of Karachi to the tribal highlands, his security services have prosecuted an unrelenting campaign against Osama bin Laden’s network.Full Story

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