Leaflet drops

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On March 24, 2006, Reuters reported leaflet drops in Northern Pakistan: "A Reuters reporter in Tank, a town close to the boundary with the semi-autonomous tribal agency of South Waziristan, obtained one of the pamphlets, bearing the sign-off 'Well Wishers, Pakistan's Armed Forces'.

"Titled Warning, the pamphlets said the foreign militants were fighting against Pakistan in connivance with 'Jews and Hindus', a term that would play on traditional prejudices among the region's Muslim conservatives.

"'They (foreign militants) not only pose a danger to our sovereignty, but are also creating troubles for our people,' read the pamphlet, which appeared in both Urdu and Pashto language versions.

"'You should stay clear of these terrorists. Don't let them come close to your areas and houses and protect your land against them. ... This war is against foreign terrorists and their harborers who are fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with Jews and Hindus against the state of Pakistan,' it added."

No evidence links the leaflets to anyone but the Pakistani military, and apparently no further information on the mysterious 'well wishers' is reported elsewhere.

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