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Pakistani President Reiterates Call for Tribesmen to Fight Militants

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has again urged tribal elders to evict foreign militants from regions near the Afghan border.

Speaking at a tribal council (or jirga) in Peshawar Tuesday, General Musharraf warned the elders that there would be undesirable consequences if militants remained in the area.

Taleban and al-Qaida fighters are believed to shelter in Pakistan's remote border regions. Last year, the Pakistani government signed a controversial deal with pro-Taleban tribal leaders in North and South Waziristan, empowering them to drive foreign militants from the region.

Elsewhere Tuesday, near the Afghan border, police say suspected Islamic militants blew up several music shops in North West Frontier Province. Police say the attackers detonated explosives overnight in a market.

There were no reports of casualties.

Conservative militants in remote border regions of Pakistan have become increasingly bold in their efforts to enforce strict Islamic law.