US Senators Ask Musharraf To Stop Rebels From Attacking India
24 March 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The chairman and three senior members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have asked Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to prevent terrorist groups from using Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a 'staging ground' for attacks on India and to ensure that his country's upcoming polls are free and fair.In a letter to Musharraf, released to the media yesterday, the senators - Joseph R Biden, John F Kerry, Patrick J Leahy and Blanch L Lincoln - said that militants should not be allowed to enter into India through the Line of Control (LoC). 'We understand that groups like the Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continue to operate in Pakistan,' the senators wrote. The letter claimed Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a Srinagar-based outfit, has been identified as a suspected key element in August's foiled bombing plot at London's Heathrow Airport. The senators said LeT and JeM continue to 'enjoy safe haven on Pakistani soil', the Dawn daily reported. 'We would be interested in discussing the most effective ways of combating not merely these groups themselves, but the climate of political alienation and economic stagnation that makes it easier for these extremist groups to recruit new members,' the letter said. The senators also pointed out that the 2002 elections in Pakistan saw 'extensive involvement of the nation's military and intelligence agencies in the electoral process and in daily governance'