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Pakistani Islamists Mourn Taliban Fall - 2001-11-16


Islamic groups in Pakistan say they will hold a day of mourning Friday to protest the Taleban's fall from power in Afghanistan and their government's support for the U-S-led campaign against the Taleban and the al-Qaida terrorist network.

The announcement comes from leaders of the pro-Taleban Afghan Defense Council. The council is an alliance of 35 Islamic and militant groups, which organized earlier rallies to protest their government's pro-American stance.

The council says it will hold rallies across the country that will begin Friday and continue through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Taleban enjoys strong support among radical Pakistani Muslims, especially in regions bordering Afghanistan. Several thousand Pakistanis have crossed into Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taleban since U-S bombing began on October seventh.

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