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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Why are these things related?

In India, we hate the President. In Pakistan,
we spit on the ground where he walks.

Pakistan Is Tense as Bush Arrives on 24-Hour Visit

Published: March 4, 2006

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 3 — President Bush arrived here on Friday for a 24-hour visit to a capital locked down under extraordinary security, as a broad coalition of political parties closed shops and halted transportation across the country and planned more demonstrations for the weekend.

The visit by Mr. Bush, the first by an American president in six years, threatened to further roil a nation still seething over the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were first published in a Danish newspaper.

Thousands of people have turned out for weeks in rolling protests that were increasingly directed at Mr. Bush and the pro-American policies of Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Mr. Bush nevertheless flew directly to Islamabad aboard Air Force One, a symbolic gesture that he considered the country safe enough for a presidential welcome on an open tarmac, and an overnight stay.

The capital was virtually sealed for his arrival. Concrete barriers and police squads blocked off the main avenues running to Parliament, the presidential palace and the diplomatic enclave where the president stayed, leaving the streets from the airport dark and deserted.

Before his arrival, President Bush heralded General Musharraf as a courageous man who has stood firm through several assassination attempts as a frontline ally in the fight against terrorism.

Mr. Bush also commended the general's vision for Pakistan as a moderate Islamic state.

But General Musharraf faces more political pressure than at any time since he seized power in a coup in 1999, as the turmoil over the cartoons has given Islamic parties an opportunity to develop an alliance with the larger, secular opposition.

But why?

U.S. Reveals Identities of Detainees

Published: March 4, 2006

GUANTÁNAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba, March 3 (AP) — After four years of secrecy, the Pentagon released documents on Friday that have the names of detainees at the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay.

The Bush administration had hidden the identities, home countries and other information about the men, who were accused of having links to the Taliban or Al Qaeda. But a federal judge rejected administration arguments that releasing the names would violate the detainees' privacy and could endanger them and their families. The release resulted from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press.

The names were scattered throughout more than 5,000 pages of transcripts of hearings at Guantánamo Bay, but no complete list was given, and it was not immediately clear how many names the documents contained. In most of the transcripts, the person speaking is identified only as "detainee." Names appear only when court officials or detainees refer to people by name.

In some cases, even a name does not clarify the identity. In one document, the tribunal president asks a detainee if his name is Jumma Jan. The detainee responds that no, his name is Zain Ul Abedin.

The story of Zahir Shah is one of hundreds in the transcripts.


posted by Steve @ 12:53:00 AM

12:53:00 AM

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