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Pakistani Tribe Battles for Gas Revenues

Outside this tense desert town, tribesmen with guns sit in bunkers near the roadside. Bullet casings from a recent bloody clash with security forces litter the asphalt. The tribe’s charismatic chieftain, Nawab Akbar Bugti, has long dominated this remote corner of southwestern Pakistan — site of the country’s richest gas fields. Now the weak authority of the government is strained to the breaking point. Last week, an explosion of violence killed dozens of people, including eight soldiers, risking another security crisis for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf — whose armed forces already are deployed by the tens of thousands elsewhere to counter al-Qaida and Taliban militants along the border with Afghanistan. Full Story

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