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Pakistani President Claims Victory Over Baluch Separatists


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says government forces have wiped out nearly all separatist camps in the gas-rich province of Baluchistan.

During a rally in the province Thursday, General Musharraf said only three or four rebel camps remain and he vowed to eliminate them too. He said Pakistan will not tolerate terrorism.

He also repeated an amnesty offer to Baluch rebels, saying the government will take no action against them if they lay down their weapons.

Nationalist rebels have been fighting for decades for a larger share of the profits from the resources of Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest province.

Hundreds of people have been killed in separatist attacks on gas, transport and other energy facilities.

In August last year, the Pakistani army killed Baluch nationalist leader Nawaz Akbar Bugti during a military offensive.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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