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Pakistan arrests scores of Taliban in crackdown

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 09:20 IST

Pakistan arrested about 40 Taliban terrorists in the southwest province of Baluchistan, including many who held official positions when the Islamists ruled Afghanistan, the provincial police chief said on Tuesday.

The arrests were made late on Monday.

In the past two days, 142 Afghans have been arrested in Baluchistan but many of those picked up were held for not possessing proper identity papers, said Chaudhary Mohammad Yakub, Baluchistan's police chief.

Afghanistan, the United States and NATO powers with forces in the troubled country have all been asking Pakistan to act more forcefully against the Taliban, particularly in and around the Baluch capital of Quetta where many settled after they were ousted from power in 2001.