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Pakistan makes dent in al-Qaeda: minister

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 16, IRNA
Pakistan-Al Qaeda
Pakistan Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has said Pakistan has made a 'significant dent' in the network of al-Qaeda by arresting Abu Faraj al-Libbi and his associates.

"During investigation, we have also found some clues from him which would help apprehend other terrorists," Sherpao told newsmen in Islamabad on Monday.

Al-Libbi, captured earlier this month in Pakistan, was the country's most-wanted terrorist and is accused of masterminding two assassination attempts on President General Pervez Musharraf and an attempt on Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

The official denied US media reports that a senior al-Qaeda operative was killed when a missile was fired from an unmanned CIA drone in the Pakistani tribal region along the border with Afghanistan.

"No such incident has taken place on Pakistani soil," he said.

To a question he said government has taken stringent measures to combat human trafficking and smuggling and a significant decrease has been recorded.

He said under anti-human trafficking strategy, special check posts would be set up at nine hundred kilometers long Pak-Iran border to check the traffickers.

To another question he said religious seminaries reform program is moving forward in right direction and the government will take more steps to make it more effective so that these institutions can impart modern education to the children besides religious training.

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::IRNA No.057 16/05/2005 18:05 --End



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