- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 12, 2002

Libya concerned over tension

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan An envoy arrived here yesterday to convey Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's concern about the rising tensions between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Envoy Saleem Ibrahim Ben Amer would deliver the message for Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf today during his scheduled meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, they said.

Mr. Gadhafi last month sent an envoy to Pakistan to communicate Libya's solidarity, support and understanding of Gen. Musharraf's decision to join the international coalition in the fight against terrorism.

Militants buried in Indian capital

NEW DELHI The bodies of five militants, who were killed when they stormed India's Parliament last month, were buried yesterday in New Delhi.

Dozens of armed policemen surrounded the cemetery in a predominantly Muslim area of New Delhi and prevented people from entering. Funeral rites were conducted by clerics of the New Delhi Wakf Board, a Muslim welfare body.

Indian authorities said the bodies would be buried if Pakistan did not claim them before Jan. 10. Pakistan refused to claim the bodies.

Pakistan's court holds rebels

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan A Pakistani court has upheld the three-month detention of two militant Kashmiri leaders, both on a list of suspects India wants Pakistan to hand over to defuse a row that has drawn the neighbors to the brink of war.

The court ruling came as Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf faced mounting international pressure to curb Muslim militants fighting Indian forces in disputed region of Kashmir and to ease the border standoff between the two countries.

Both sides have said they want peace but are ready for war.

Gen. Musharraf is to deliver a widely anticipated address to the nation this evening. He is expected to reveal more measures to tackle Islamic militancy.

Rafsanjani brands Bush as 'impudent'

TEHRAN Iran's influential former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, called President Bush "rude and impudent" yesterday for warning Iran against harboring al Qaeda fighters.

"The Americans, thinking they face no challenge, are becoming rude and impudent. The U.S. president uses a rude and impudent tone to tell Iran to do this or that," Mr. Rafsanjani, chief adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a prayer sermon.

Mr. Bush warned Iran on Thursday against harboring members of the al Qaeda network who fled Afghanistan.

India: No request to host Tamils

NEW DELHI India has not received any request from Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels to base their negotiator in the Tamil-majority south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a senior government source said yesterday.

"India has received no such request formally or informally," the source said.

The official's statement followed reports in the Indian press that the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) wanted their London-based chief negotiator, Anton Balsingham, to move to the Tamil Nadu state capital, Madras, ahead of possible peace talks with the Sri Lankan government.

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