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India Welcomes Ban on Kashmir Militant

Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, has welcomed a Pakistani ban on a militant leader from entering Pakistani Kashmir. Masood Azhar – head of the outlawed group, Jaish-e-Mohammad – was barred from addressing a religious conference in the region on Thursday. Mr Advani said he hoped the move reflected a change in Pakistan’s attitude towards the Kashmir dispute. His comments followed renewed efforts by India and Pakistan to open a dialogue over Kashmir which is divided between the two countries. “If this ban on Azhar’s entry is any index of a beginning of a change, it is welcome,” Mr Advani said. Pakistan’s move came less than a week after the US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visited the region. Full Story

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