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Islamic Militants Attack Pakistan Media Offices


Police in Pakistan say suspected Islamic militants have ransacked the offices of the country's largest media group a day after it broadcast an interview with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Police say dozens of men stormed the Karachi offices of the daily newspaper, Jang, and the Geo television station, overpowering security guards, damaging furniture and breaking windows.

The identity and motive of the attackers was not immediately known, but company officials say the early Saturday morning incident may have been sparked by an interview Friday with Mr. Peres urging Islamabad to establish direct contact with Israel. Muslim Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, has drawn sharp criticism from Islamists there for calling on his nation to consider recognizing Israel if the Middle East peace process stayed on track.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.