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    Vajpayee warns Pakistan over unrest in north-east

    Vajpayee warns Pakistan over unrest in north-east

    GUWAHATI (India) July 9: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee warned Pakistan on Friday against fanning separatist
    unrest in India's insurgency-ridden north-eastern states. Vajpayee was on a day-long visit to Assam state to evaluate army reports that Pakistani intelligence agents are working in tandem with scores of separatist outfits in the northeast.
    "We shall foil all attempts by (Pakistan) to aid and abet separatist militancy in India's northeast, like we did to frustrate the Pakistanis in Kashmir," Vajpayee claimed in a speech opening an oil refinery 225 kilometres (140 miles) east of the Assamese capital
    "Indian troops will fight until the last of the intruders leave our territory," Vajpayee said. His visit took place amid heavy security and separatist rebel protests against the Kashmir conflict.
    Separatists here have stepped up their activities in the past month to take advantage of the absence of large numbers of federal troops redeployed to the fighting in Kashmir.
    Special troop reinforcements had to be brought in to provide adequate security for Vajpayee's whistle-stop visit to Assam.
    Nearly 20,000 troops, paramilitary forces and police have been mobilised for the visit, and Guwahati looked like a city under siege
    on Friday.
    Most residents stayed indoors in response to a strike called by four powerful rebel groups.
    The outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam, Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland, Manipur People's Liberation Front and the Tripura People's Democratic Front issued a statement denouncing the conflict in Kashmir.
    "The Kashmir Valley is under the occupation of barbaric colonial Indian rulers... (Indian troops) have been killing Kashmiri freedom
    The statement also said Vajpayee had come to the northeast to try to "win over some reactionary elements and use them against the
    freedom struggle.


    What else he could do when he has gained a some edge over Pakistan.