December 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India
‘house of cards’
finds clues to bombing
China vow to fight terrorism
expels Swedish envoys
Russia to discuss Iraq
in Afghan clash
Pak Govt ‘house of cards’
Islamabad, December 2
The pro-military Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-QA) remains the key playmaker and its candidate for Prime Minister squeezed through last week with a one-vote majority.
But that was only achieved with the help of smaller parties and 10 defectors from the anti-military Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led by exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
It did not take long for the first crisis to emerge.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), based in the southern port city of Karachi, withdrew support of its 16 parliamentarians on Wednesday, forcing Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali to scrabble around for new friends.
He faces a mandatory confidence vote in Parliament within two months of his investiture.
Yesterday, he tried to bring in a hardline Islamic coalition, which posted huge gains in the October 10 poll by tapping fierce anti-US sentiment in some areas of Pakistan triggered by the attacks on neighbouring Afghanistan.
The Muttahida Majlis-a-Amal (MMA) Islamic coalition, which numbers pro-Taliban clerics among its leaders, won 60 seats and its possible role in government has raised concern that it may seek to block the US-led hunt for Al Qaida remnants in remote Pakistani border regions.
Kenya finds clues to bombing
Kikambala, December 2
Top Kenyan investigator William Lang’at spoke of the Israeli request after the police reported finding pieces of a gas cylinder it said was used in Thursday’s bombing of the Israeli-owned beach hotel in Kikambala.
The Kenyans last week found two shoulder-held missile launchers and several projectiles which were used in an almost simultaneous but failed attack on an Israeli charter plane taking off from the nearby Mombasa.
“They (Israelis) have made a request to take some of the exhibits back home for forensic examination,” Mr Lang’at, told journalists. “It will be decided in due course.”
Kenya is leading the investigation into the November 28 bombing of the hotel here and a failed missile attack on an Israeli charter plane taking off from the nearby Mombasa airport minutes earlier.
Russia, China vow to fight terrorism
Beijing, December 2
“Both countries will not tolerate activities on their territories of organisations and groups harming their sovereignty, security and territorial integrity,” a joint declaration signed by Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after their hour-long meeting here said, Ria Novosti news service reported.
China is trying to quell Uighur separatists in its Xinjiang region while Russia is fighting Chechen rebels.
On Iraq, the two leaders said that the weapons crisis can only be solved by political and diplomatic means on the basis of the UN Security Council resolution.
China and Russia have opposed any unilateral action against Iraq on the issue and want that any such move must have the world body’s approval.
The two leaders urged the USA and North Korea to normalise diplomatic relations, and called for making the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.
Mr Putin and Mr Jiang, both allies of North Korea, said a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was important for security of the region and the world.
The two leaders met a day before Mr Putin embarks on a three-day visit to India.
Addressing a joint press conference after their meeting, Mr Putin said that bilateral relations were at a “very high level” and expressed confidence in China’s fourth generation leaders who had taken the political stage. “We hope the leaders in our two countries will work hard together to achieve great things.”
Russia expels Swedish envoys
Moscow, December 2
The two diplomats are being expelled for “activities damaging the security interests of the Russian state,” a ministry statement said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.
Swedish Ambassador, Sven Hirdman, was summoned by the Russian Foreign Ministry today to inform him of the expulsions, the statement added.
The Swedish police early last month arrested three suspect on suspicion of supplying confidential company documents to Russia in an alleged industrial espionage plot at a subsidiary of telecommunications equipment giant Ericsson.
India, Russia to discuss Iraq Moscow, December 2 The two countries were facing common threats of international terrorism, Indian Prime Minister Vajpyaee told Russian journalists, on the eve of his summit with Mr Putin. “These common threats are reflected in the joint Anti-terrorist Declaration, which was signed during my visit to Russia, in November 2001,’’ RIA Novosti news agency quoted Mr Vajpayee as
Moscow, December 2
The two countries were facing common threats of international terrorism, Indian Prime Minister Vajpyaee told Russian journalists, on the eve of his summit with Mr Putin. “These common threats are reflected in the joint Anti-terrorist Declaration, which was signed during my visit to Russia, in November 2001,’’ RIA Novosti news agency quoted Mr Vajpayee as
12 dead in Afghan clash
Kabul, December 2
Conflict broke out over the weekend between Ismail Khan, the powerful Governor of Herat province, and Commander Amanullah Khan, a leader in the south of the province.
“The fighting is still going on, this morning the forces of Ismail Khan attacked our troops once again. One of their soldiers was killed,” said Nangyali, Amanullah’s son.
“People have started leaving their houses because of all the rockets hitting their villages,” he added.
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