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Interesting Developments Near the 'Front Line'

Louis Lingg writes: "Pakistani site dawn.com is reporting several interesting developments:

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has replaced the Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Mahmud.Ahmed. The FBI established credible links between Lt Gen Mahmud.Ahmed and Jehadi militants. Lt-Gen Ehsanul Haque has taken that post. In the hours before American military strikes on Afghanistan Musharraf promoted a number of moderate officers, replacing those with ties to the Taliban and homegrown Jehadis.

On Monday President Musharraf spoke by phone with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. They discussed terrorist attacks in Kashmir, public unrest in Pakistan, and events in Afghanistan. Musharraf invited Vajpayee to Pakistan to resume peace talks between the two countries. Secretary of State Colin Powell weighed in suggesting that recent developments might offer India and Pakistan an opportunity "to explore new ways of thinking about stability on the sub-continent".

Finally, Pakistan is expecting a new trade deal with the European Union. Pakistani officials are hoping for increased access to EU markets for textile and garment exports."