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Rebels press Pakistan to include Kashmir in talks

Pakistan’s tentative renewal of dialogue with India is prompting Kashmiri militant leaders and their political allies to warn the government against trying to sideline them or their demands. “Kashmir’s future must be decided ultimately through the free and fair will of the people of Kashmir. That is the acceptable solution,” said Syed Salahuddin, leader of Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM), the largest of dozens of militant groups waging a bloody separatist insurrection against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region since 1989. The violence has claimed more than 40,000 lives. Many of the groups have ties to Pakistani religious, political and military players dating back to the pre-Taliban era, when some, like HM, trained alongside mujahedeen guerrillas in Afghanistan. The State Department recently added HM to its watch list in its annual Patterns of Global Terrorism Report, a designation that disturbs Salahuddin. Full Story

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