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Pakistanis Rally to Show Support for Anti-Terrorism Campaign - 2001-09-27


Pakistan has observed a "day of solidarity" to back the military government's support for the U-S-led global anti-terrorism campaign.

Government-sponsored rallies and demonstrations were held throughout the country today (Thursday) in a show of national unity.

In Islamabad, fleets of buses decorated with Pakistan's national flag ferried thousands of children neatly dressed in school uniform for ceremonies at public stadiums. Senior government officials attended other rallies in the capital.

Similar programs were held in other major cities.

Many Islamic groups in Pakistan oppose President Pervez Musharraf's pro-U-S stance. Those groups are calling for a show of solidarity with Afghanistan's Taleban rulers, who face the threat of possible U-S military strikes for harboring alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden.

The United States says Mr. bin Laden is the prime suspect in the September 11th terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

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