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Pro-Taleban Demonstration in Pakistan - 2001-10-02


Thousands of Pakistanis have taken to the streets in the southwestern city of Quetta in a show of support for Afghanistan's Taleban's regime.

News reports say many of the demonstrators carried sticks and shouted slogans criticizing the United States and warning against military attacks on Afghanistan.

Foreign journalists were confined to their hotels by police but reported seeing demonstrators waving Taleban flags and carrying an effigy of President Bush.

The protest was organized by the pro-Taleban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party in defiance of a government ban on street demonstrations.

The French news Agency quotes a spokesman for the party as saying Washington has failed to produce any evidence that accused terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be in Afghanistan, was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Pakistan is the only country that still has diplomatic relations with the Taleban government.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, thousands of people are reported to have staged a protest demonstration in the southern city of Kandahar today (Tuesday), the main base of Taleban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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