- Hardline Islamic groups in Pakistan are threatening a
national strike unless its government withdraws support for US military
strikes on Afghanistan.
- The Pakistan-Afghanistan Defence Council, a coalition
of 35 groups, has given military ruler General Pervez Musharraf until
7 to stop intelligence, overfly rights and logistical support for the
- Chairman Maulana Sami-ul Haq said the group wants
to return to pre-September 11 policy.
- Political Tightrope
- "We will give a call for a nationwide strike on
November 9 and will go for a civil disobedience movement to overthrow the
government," he said.
- The campaign will include protests, road-blocks and
will be urged not to pay taxes.
- The defence council has been behind anti-American
in Pakistan but has failed to stir mass support.
- General Musharraf has been on a political tightrope,
offering support for the US war on terrorism and grappling with unrest,
especially among radical and militant Islamic groups which support
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