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Kashmiris Urge Opening of Road to Pakistan

Thousands of people gathered at a rally in Kashmir’s main city Thursday demanding India and Pakistan open a key highway that linked the divided Himalayan region decades ago. Hours before the rally, organized by the state’s ruling party, a suspected militant was killed when a bomb he was carrying on a bicycle exploded in Srinagar, the latest incident in a rebellion that has killed more than 40,000 people since 1989. The highway connecting Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, was closed after the two countries fought their first war over the disputed region in 1947-48. New Delhi has proposed India and Pakistan reopen the road and launch a new bus service between the two Kashmiri capitals as the nuclear-armed rivals begin gradually to mend ties. Pakistan resumed Thursday flights to India after they were abruptly halted nearly two years when the two countries stood on the brink of a fourth war over the insurgency in Kashmir. Full Story

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