- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2007

PAKISTAN

Musharraf visits Karachi to ease tensions

KARACHI — President Pervez Musharraf yesterday called for harmony in the southern city of Karachi after more than 40 people were killed in some of Pakistan’s worst political violence.

Gen. Musharraf visited the volatile port city of 12 million in what officials said was a bid to ease ethnic and political tensions that are still simmering after almost two weeks.

Clashes erupted there on May 12 after the country’s chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was stopped from holding a rally against his ousting by Gen. Musharraf in early March.

INDIA

First arrest made in mosque bombing

BOMBAY — A Muslim man has been arrested in connection with last week’s bombing of an ancient mosque in southern India that killed 11 persons, police said yesterday, the first suspect to be held in the case.

The man was detained late on Tuesday from a small town in the western state of Maharashtra in connection with the bombing of a 17th century mosque in the southern city of Hyderabad during Friday prayers last week.

Five persons were killed when police fired to stop violent demonstrations that broke out after the blasts in the communally sensitive city in Andhra Pradesh state.

INDIA

Court puts off sentencing of actor

BOMBAY — A court yesterday put off sentencing of top Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, convicted of buying illegal weapons from gangsters involved in India’s worst bombings.

The court said it would summon Dutt again soon. Indian newspapers have said that the court was waiting for probation reports of some convicts including Dutt.

Dutt, 47, was cleared of conspiracy in the serial bombings of 1993 in Bombay that killed 257 persons, but found guilty of illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and a pistol. Dutt’s crime carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.

AFGHANISTAN

Bomb kills Canadian soldier

KABUL — A Canadian soldier was killed yesterday and two persons were injured when a joint patrol struck an explosive device in southern Afghanistan, Canadian military officials said.

The soldier was the 55th Canadian to be killed in Afghanistan since troops from Canada were deployed in 2002. Eleven Canadians have died since the beginning of the year.

The Portuguese military said in Lisbon that one of its soldiers was wounded in an ambush while on foot patrol near Kandahar.

NEPAL

Woman becomes ill on Everest, is rescued

KATMANDU — A woman who became seriously ill while in Mount Everest’s so-called “death zone” and was helped down by fellow climbers has safely reached base camp, Nepalese mountaineering officials said yesterday.

Uma Bista of Nepal was “barely coherent” and suffering from cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, when she was found Monday at about 27,225 feet, below the summit, said veteran climber Dave Hahn of Taos, N.M.

In Internet dispatches, Mr. Hahn said he and other climbers in his group carried Miss Bista to a lower camp and handed her over to a British team. On Wednesday, aided by five Sherpas, she managed to descend the treacherous Lhotse face, a wall of glacial ice.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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