Saturday, February 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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USA rejects Pak plea for mediation
Washington, February 15
As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf wrapped up his visit to the USA, Washington rejected his plea for mediation with India and disagreed with him on his doubts that December 13 attack on Indian Parliament might not be an act of terrorism.
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Pak rejects India’s terms for talks
Washington, February 15
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has virtually rejected India’s demand for the repatriation of 20 fugitive terrorists and criminals, a pre-condition set by India for holding a dialogue.

In video: Spain asks Pakistan to take concrete steps against terrorism and calls for easing of tension on the border. (28k, 56k)


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Pearl possibly alive: Musharraf

Washington, February 15
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today dismissed claims by the alleged kidnapper of US journalist Daniel Pearl that he was dead and said the reporter was “possibly alive”. Asked by reporters at the National Press Club here, whether Pearl was “alive or not,” he said “It is a million dollar question”.

Tihar — base of Islamic radicals?
New Delhi, February 15
The squalid cells of the high-security Tihar jail may have provided the perfect plat form for the meeting of Islamic radicals and organised criminals in India. Information gathered by “The Tribune” reveals that a deadly network between jehadis, including Omar Sheikh, Maulana Masood Azhar, and criminals such as Aftab Ansari and Asif Reza Khan, may have originated within the confines of the Tihar in the mid and late 1990s.

Ansari gave money to Omar Sheikh

New Delhi, February 15
Aftab Ansari, one of the prime suspects behind the Kolkata American Centre attack, today confessed he had given money to senior Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Sheikh Omar Saeed on several occasions and that the arms consignment seized by the CBI last year was funded by him.

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The body of an Afghan refugee boy is prepared for burial in a Pakistan refugee camp in June 2001. The boy died after drought and political tensions forced his family to flee Northern Afghanistan. This photograph, by Danish photographer Erik Refner for Berlingske Tidende, topped a record 49,235 entries submitted to the 45th annual World Press Photo of the Year contest by 4,171 photographers from 123 countries, the World press Photo said in a statement on Friday. Judging took place between February 3 and February 14. 
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14 ultras killed near LoC
Jammu, February 15
Fourteen militants were shot dead by the Army in two encounters near the Line of Control in Mendhar and Surankote sectors of Poonch district in Jammu region today.

‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Hindus in B’desh
New Delhi, February 15
Shahriar Kabir, a prominent Bangladeshi journalist and film-maker, has accused the regime of President Khaleda Zia of “Talibanising” the poverty-stricken South Asian country and alleged that the Hindus were being systematically killed there.

Pilgrims lynch Afghan Aviation Minister
Kabul, February 15
International troops were today patrolling Kabul airport in armoured vehicles after Afghanistan’s Aviation Minister was lynched by angry Muslim pilgrims. As the Afghan Government investigated the mob killing, the US Congress began probing the intelligence failure that led to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Plague: doctors’ leave cancelled
Shimla, February 15
The leave of government doctors in the Shimla district has been cancelled by the authorities in view of incidents of the pneumonic plague in Shimla, Rohru and the neighbouring Uttaranchal which have claimed 3 lives. This has been done to keep the doctors available for meeting any eventuality at the district headquarters and in the interior areas.

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