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    US asks Musharraf to withdraw troops from LoC

    Washington, October 27: The United States (US) has asked Pakistan's new ruler General Pervez Musharraf to withdraw troops from the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir to lessen tension with India. “He (Musharraf) said he would withdraw from the border. We would also like a withdrawal on LoC,” US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told reporters here on Tuesday.

    Following reports that Pakistani troops tried to capture two border posts in Uri sector of north Kashmir on Tuesday, Albright called on both sides to do whatever they can to reduce tension.

    Musharraf had announced a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the International Border (IB) with India in his nationwide address on October 17. Since then the US has been trying to get him to reduce troops on the LoC too.
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