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Monday, 14 January, 2002, 13:25 GMT
India unmoved by Pakistan crackdown
An Indian soldiers walks past a truck carrying a tank in Jammu
Tension continues between India and Pakistan
The Pakistani authorities have further stepped up their action against members of five banned Islamist organisations.

Officials say more than 1,100 activists have been detained and about 400 offices sealed off since President Pervez Musharraf's address to the nation on Saturday.

Pakistan's military spokesman, Major General Rashid Qureshi, said he now expected Indian troops to move back to peacetime positions to reduce tensions.

But Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes has said the Indian military build-up will not be scaled down until Pakistan ends what he called cross-border terrorism.


The mobilisation is complete and any effort at de-escalation can come only if and when the cross-border terrorism is effectively stopped

George Fernandes
Mr Fernandes was speaking to journalists in Delhi on the eve of a visit to the United States.

He said he wanted to believe that Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf, intended to implement the measures he set out in his speech, in which he pledged to crack down on Islamic militants.

But he said Delhi would wait for his words to be translated into action.

The defence minister declined to set a time limit by which India expected to see results. But he did make clear that the substantial military build-up by both countries meant the pressure for action was great.

A Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman described the Indian reaction to General Musharraf's speech as "not negative".

Pakistan arrests

The latest developments follow weeks of tension between Pakistani and Indian forces in Kashmir, and a big military build-up on both sides.

A policeman posts the order at the office of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Multan
More than 1,200 militants are reported arrested
Pakistan on Saturday announced a ban on five Islamic militant organisations in an attempt to defuse the crisis.

Among the banned groups are the two whom India has blamed for an attack on its parliament in Delhi last month.

Arrests of militants began even before General Musharraf announced the crackdown in his address to the nation on Saturday.

Officials said the banned groups would not be allowed to resume their activities by changing the names of their organisations.

US appeal

The Pakistani authorities estimate that less than a million people across the country support the five banned groups - Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Tehrik-e-Jafria and Tanzeem-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi.

US President George W Bush has urged the leaders of India and Pakistan to work to reduce tensions.

In a telephone conversation, he thanked President Musharraf for his speech in which he pledged to curb Islamic extremism.

White House officials say he also discussed the speech in a separate call to the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee.

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