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Pakistani President Asserts 'Nexus' Between Al-Qaida, Kashmiri Militants

28 February 2006

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says al-Qaida terrorists, Taleban fighters and Kashmiri militants have a formed what he called a "very dangerous" nexus.

In an interview broadcast Monday on the American television network, ABC, Mr. Musharraf said the links among the groups mean officials must work to resolve the ongoing separatist conflict in Kashmir.

The president also said Pakistan's army continues to look for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden while battling al-Qaida and Taleban forces inside Pakistan.

He told ABC News that 80,000 Pakistani troops are involved in the effort.

Mr. Musharraf said Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently gave him a list of names and telephone numbers of suspected Taleban allies living in Pakistan, but he said most of the leads were dead ends.

President Bush visits Pakistan and India this week.

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