India-Pakistan: July 29, 2004


India's Andhra Pradesh state has removed the twelve year old ban on the Maoist PWG (short for People's War Group, the long title is Communist party of India-Marxist Leninist-People's War) a week ago. PWG has started holding political rallies in the countryside, attracting crowds as large as 100,000. PWG was founded in 1980 as a militant Marxist group that would use force to establish a communist dictatorship. PWG currently has some 7,000 armed followers (about half of them in Andhra Pradesh) and attacks government officials and property owners in rural Andhra Pradesh. But the government feels that PWG, which has been negotiating with the government for some kind of deal to end three decades of leftist violence that has left over 5,000 dead. Andhra Pradesh, on the southeast coast of India, has a population of nearly 70 million. The PWG is one of about a dozen armed leftist rebel groups in the country. The most dangerous ones consider themselves "Maoist."

In Kashmir, two Islamic gunmen sneaked onto an island resort, in the middle of a lake, and attacked several hundred soldiers that now used the resort as a base. The two attackers, and five soldiers, were killed in several hours of fighting in the darkness. This is typical of the suicide attacks Islamic terrorists make in Kashmir.


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