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Pakistan Ready to Meet India Halfway on Kashmir

Pakistan offered to drop a 50-year-old demand for a U.N.-mandated plebiscite over divided Kashmir and meet India “halfway” in a bid for peace on the subcontinent. President Pervez Musharraf’s proposal opened a new window of opportunity to address one of the world’s most dangerous disputes between the nuclear-armed neighbors, political commentators said, even if massive hurdles remain on the path to peace. All eyes will now be on the planned visit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Islamabad for a South Asian summit in early January. In an interview less than three weeks before the summit, Musharraf said late Wednesday he was prepared to be “bold and flexible” in an attempt to resolve the dispute over Kashmir. Full Story

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