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Pakistan gave $4m to illegal Kashmiri lobby group in Washington

Pakistan's powerful spy agency is under renewed pressure after an investigation by the FBI revealed that it ploughed over $4m into an illegal pro-Kashmiri lobby outfit in Washington.

Peace-loving India, the world's largest arms importer

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Indian investigators were today examining forensic evidence and CCTV footage for clues about who orchestrated the three bombings that killed 17 people in Mumbai.

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