India-Pakistan: May 9, 2003


In Kashmir, rebel violence left five dead. 

Indian and Pakistani artillery exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Kashmir, leaving three Pakistani civilians dead. 

In Pakistan, police arrested two more Taliban members in Karachi. Taliban and al Qaeda members hide out either in Pakistan's large cities, like Karachi, or isolated villages along the Afghan border. In the cities, there are neighborhoods where Islamic radicals are popular and in control, and these provide hiding places. The cities also provide better communications and access to international airlines.  

Indian Hindu radicals of the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council)  in Gujarat province are setting up camps to train 2400 men and women in fighting techniques and weapons use. The VHP has members in about half the 18,000 villages of  Gujarat, and is trying to establish a presence in 12,000 villages by the end of the year. The VHP has been behind most of the religious violence in Gujarat, mostly directed at local Moslems.  


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