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Pakistan Shifting Military Leadership

The Washington Post is reporting that President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is reorginizing the ranks of the Pakistan military, removing Taliban supporters from decision making roles.

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Anti-American Protests in Pakistan Spread 08.Oct.2001 08:22

By John Fullerton (Reuters)

Monday October 8 1:56 AM ET
Anti-American Protests in Pakistan Spread
By John Fullerton

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Chanting ``Death to America,'' angry anti-U.S. demonstrators marched through the streets of several Pakistani cities Monday to protest against the U.S.-led strikes on Afghanistan (news - web sites) with bombs and missiles.

Security forces throughout the country were on high alert, with key installations heavily guarded and police and paramilitary forces stationed around diplomatic compounds and other sensitive areas, witnesses said.In the western city of Quetta, several hundred Angry youths marched through the streets chanting ``Death to America.'' They set tires on fire and hurled stones at police, witnesses said.

In the volatile port city of Karachi, long grappling with law and order problems, armored personnel carriers with mounted machine guns were parked opposite the U.S. consulate. Main roads were sealed and hundreds of police and paramilitary rangers were deployed at key installations.
``Requisitioned vehicles have been parked across the roads leading to the U.S. consulate and other offices and we are not allowing anyone to cross the barbed wire barricades,'' one policeman on duty said.

Police used tear gas to break up several protests in the northwestern city of Peshawar, near the Afghan border, as angry students and some Afghan refugees tried to demonstrate against the attacks.Witnesses said police used teargas to disperse students, who blocked a road in one section of the frontier city, not far from the border with Afghanistan.

SECURITY TIGHT

One police official said security had been further tightened at airports, ports, railway stations, power stations and government offices.
In the capital Islamabad, United Nations (news - web sites) staff were asked to stay at home and not go to their offices.
Security forces in Karachi were braced for expected anti-American protests near the central Empress Market later in the afternoon, while one company of soldiers had been positioned at the airport, a security official said.

Authorities in Pakistan Sunday detained the leader of a pro-Taliban Islamic party, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, at his home in another part of North West Frontier Province.It was unclear whether he was still detained Monday after one of his aides said security forces had left Rehman's home overnight.Rehman heads the powerful Jamiat Ulema-i-Islami (JUI) party, which has held several demonstrations to protest against U.S. efforts to force Afghanistan to flush out Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), the main suspect behind the September 11 suicide hijack attacks on the United States.Rehman has been one of the more vocal party leaders in Pakistan, denouncing both the United States and Musharraf for supporting Washington. His hard-line party had already said it was recruiting fighters to go to Afghanistan in case the United States attacked.

A JUI spokesman told Reuters the group would hold protest rallies across Pakistan Monday during which calls would be made for a holy war against the United States.

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