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Indian Skepticism of Pakistan's Leader Begins to Ease

For the last four years, the stately halls of the Central Secretariat buildings, the two sandstone, hilltop colossuses that house India’s government, could be relied on for a skeptical view of Pakistan’s president and America’s ally, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. In 1999, India identified the general as the architect of an offensive in the disputed territory of Kashmir. The conflict nearly caused a fourth war between the nuclear-armed rivals and humiliated India’s prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In July 2001, Indian officials bitterly blamed his cockiness for the scuttling of a peacemaking effort in the Indian city of Agra. In December 2001, enraged leaders in New Delhi accused him of backing terrorist groups that carried out a brazen assault on India’s national Parliament building, and mobilized for war. Full Story

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