1) Musharraf wants Pakistanis to do an all out JEHAD against TERRORISTS.
Noisy hecklers from opposition parties asked Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf to quit office on Saturday as he made his first-ever speech in parliament since seizing power in a military coup more than four years ago.
Meanwhile, a Pakistan International Airlines flight carrying a high-profile opposition lawmaker from Lahore to the capital was diverted without explanation to the northwestern city of Peshawar, preventing her from attending the speech.
Musharraf, who survived two assassination attempts last month, spoke on the needs to crush terrorism, to keep India's nuclear weapons secure and to resolve the Kashmir problem. Security around parliament was tight.
"A few people are committing the curse of extremism in our society ...who want to impose their narrow-minded ideas on others," Musharraf said, swapping his army uniform for a white jacket for the occasion.
Opposition legislators chanted "Go Musharraf, go Musharraf" and "Friends of dictators are traitors" as soon as Musharraf took the podium. They kept up the cry throughout his 40-minute speech. The noise worsened as Musharraf's supporters countered by thumping on tables in a show of applause and support.
Under a crescendo of protest, Musharraf intoned: "I can assure you that there is nothing greater in this world than your own conscience, and when you appear before God, you can say you performed your duty with the highest sense of honesty, integrity and faithfulness."
The airliner left Lahore for Islamabad with Tehmina Daulatana, a member of the National Assembly for the opposition Pakistan Muslim League, on board to attend the session.
But the aircraft was forced to sit on the runway in Islamabad for 50 minutes, without letting the passengers disembark, before flying to Peshawar, an unscheduled stop, a ground control official at the Islamabad airport said on condition of anonymity.
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2) Now China hands over list of terrorists to Pakistan
In a significant move, China, the strategic ally of Pakistan has forwarded a list of Chinese terrorists and outfits linked to Al-Qaeda to Pakistan and asked Islamabad to initiate action against these groups.
The Chinese government has sent Islamabad a list and profile of terrorists and terrorist organisations of concern to the Government of China recently and wants them investigated by Pakistan, local newspaper Daily Times quoted Pakistan officials as saying.
"The list of the first batch of identified eastern Turkistan's terrorist organisations and profiles of terrorists compiled by the Ministry of Public Security, China on December 15, 2003, has been sent through diplomatic channels to Pakistan, with a request to forward the list to the departments concerned for investigation," the officials said.
The Chinese concerns were focused more on two terrorist outfits, Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Eastern Turkistan Liberation organization (ETLO) as well as terrorists attached to these organisations, which operated in the Chinese Muslim dominated Xinjiang province bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
China also alleged these organisations and terrorists were well connected to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda outfits and received training as well as funding.
The Eastern Turkistan Liberation Organization (ETLO) is also known as the Eastern Turkistan National Party. It is said to be working for the founding of an Eastern Turkistan State in Xinjiang, China, by means of violence and terror. Its headquarters is in Istanbul. The founder of the organisation is Muhametemin Hazret and its main leaders include Kanat, Dolqun Isa and Ubul Kasimund China have been cooperating for a long time in the field of counter-terrorism. But they have intensified their efforts after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.
The Foreign as well as Interior Ministers of the two countries met in 2002 and discussed counter-terrorism issues. Recently, when President General Musharraf visited China, an extradition treaty was signed between the two countries, policy towards the domestic and foreign militant groups came when China took up issue of the activities of Islamic militant groups, specially that of the Chinese variety, directly with Musharraf during his visit to Beijing few months ago.
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