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Musharraf Regrets Delay in Quake Aid


Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has expressed regret for delays in earthquake relief efforts, saying the tragedy was beyond the government's capacity.

In a televised address, he said blocked roads were part of the problem, but said the relief operation is now fully under way. Late Wednesday, a strong aftershock rattled the capital, Islamabad, and other hard-hit areas, though no new damage was reported.

Thousands of Pakistani troops have been leading efforts to aid victims of Saturday's earthquake, which killed more than 23-thousand people. Putting aside decades of rivalry, Indian troops were called into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to help Pakistani troops whose bunkers had collapsed.

In Indian Kashmir, officials say the death toll has risen above 14-hundred. A top regional official says more than 40-thousand homes were destroyed in two frontier districts close to the epicenter of the quake.

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