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Scattered Pakistani Groups Oppose U-S Air Strikes in Afghanistan - 2001-10-25


Pakistani students and tribesmen are opposing the U-S-led military action against suspected terrorist and Taleban targets in neighboring Afghanistan.

Hundreds of fighters in the semi-autonomous northern tribal areas near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan are reported ready to cross over and join forces with the Taleban militia. The Pakistani tribesmen are reported to be arming themselves with automatic weapons, swords and axes.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students took to the streets in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to protest the U-S air strikes. In the southern port city of Karachi, mourners chanted anti-U-S slogans at a funeral for Commander Farooq, one of the leaders of a militant Muslim separatist group that has been active in Indian Kashmir.

The commander and more than 20 other members of his Harkat ul-Mujahideen were killed in a U-S air strike inside Afghanistan Monday. Supporters smuggled his body back into Pakistan Wednesday, after Pakistani border guards refused them entry.

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