Clinton Warned on Pakistan Trip
Sep. 05, 1998
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ An armed Muslim militant group threatened Saturday to mount a confrontation if President Clinton does not cancel an upcoming visit to Pakistan.
Hafiz Mohammad Syed, head of the Lashkar-e-Tayaba group, refused to say what type of action the group would take if Clinton carries out plans to visit Pakistan in November. He also is scheduled to visit India.
Washington has announced no change in plans, even in the wake of U.S. missile strikes against suspected terrorist sites in the Muslim nations of Afghanistan and Sudan on Aug. 20.
The strikes _ in retaliation for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 257 people _ have fanned anti-American sentiment in much of the Muslim world, including Pakistan.
``If there are any more attacks by America on Afghanistan, we will respond in the same manner,'' Syed said.
Lashkar-e-Tayaba, based in the eastern Punjab province, is fighting in Indian-held Kashmir to make the Muslim province part of Pakistan. India is predominantly Hindu.
The U.S. has already withdrawn nearly half its diplomatic staff and all embassy families from Pakistan, and warned American citizens against visiting the country.