파키스탄 서북지방에서 수니파와 시아파 회교도 사이의 종파간 충돌로 적어도 30명이 사망하고 1백명 이상 부상했다고 파키스탄 당국자들이 17일 밝혔습니다.
당국자들은 아프가니스탄 접경 지역 인근의 쿠르람 부족지역의 주요 마을인 파라치나르에서 16일 익명의 무장괴한들이 발포하면서 충돌이 시작됐다고 말했습니다. 당국자들은 그 이후 무장한 남자들이 공격용 소총과 다른 무기들로 서로 상대방을 공격했다고 말했습니다.
당국은 마을 일부 지역에 무기한 통행금지령을 내렸습니다.
한편, 파키스탄 군은 아프간 국경 마을들로부터 침투한 무장분자들을 소탕하기 위해 조만간 대규모 작전에 착수할 준비를 하고 있다고 밝혔습니다.
Burma's military leader says he is committed to going ahead with the country's "road map" to democracy.
The official "New Light of Myanmar" newspaper today (Saturday) quoted Senior General Than Shwe as saying the process of building a new nation is a process involving the entire nation.
The paper said that in a speech Friday, the general said the road map was the only means to a smooth transition towards a new state.
Under the ruling generals' road map, Burma will adopt a constitution in a referendum that would eventually lead to free elections.
But the United States, European Union and United Nations have dismissed the lengthy proceedings as a sham, due to the absence of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party.
In early September, the military government ended 14 years of talks to draft guidelines for a new
Friday in Bangkok, a U.N. human-rights envoy says he was told the Burmese military's crackdown on
pro-democracy demonstrations two months ago killed at least 15 people in Rangoon alone.
The United Nations representative, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, says he cannot tell whether the casualty estimate
is accurate, but that Burmese authorities told him it was based on official documents.
Burma's military rulers previously had said 10 people died in the September protests.
Pinheiro traveled to Thailand after a five-day trip to Burma -- his first visit in four years -- which was
intended to uncover details of human-rights violations committed during and after the September crackdown.
He is expected to present a report on his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council on December 11th