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Pakistan shifts burden of ending infiltrations to India

Few in Pakistan dispute that at least some Islamic militants are slipping over the Line of Control into Indian-controlled Kashmir, almost a year after President Pervez Musharraf pledged to halt the crossings. But they are eager to shift the onus of preventing the incursions onto India, saying its estimated 700,000 troops in the Himalayan region should be able to stop them. Amid charges from India and the United States that incursions are continuing, Pakistan on Sunday renewed its call for international monitors to be posted along both sides of the LoC. Infiltration by the militants, who have been waging a bloody insurgency against Indian rule in the Muslim majority state since 1989, has been at the core of tensions between the neighbours for the past 16 months. An unprecedented telephone call between their prime ministers late on Monday was the latest sign of a thaw, but ending the incursions is pivotal to hopes for lasting peace on the nuclear-ready subcontinent. India has said it will not hold formal talks with Pakistan until it stops the militants altogether. Full Story

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