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A warming trend over Kashmir, but neither side budges

Barely a month after getting elected, India’s Congress-led government has worked hard to prove that it has some new ideas for dealing with India’s nuclear rival, Pakistan. Solving the dispute in Kashmir – the Himalayan state that both countries have fought three wars to claim – would be a welcome development. Symbolic gestures alone will not bring peace. Yet politicians on both sides agree that the new government is off to a promising start. “We express satisfaction with the tone of this government,” says Munawar Saeed, Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner in New Delhi. “When we used to meet earlier, with the previous government, it was very dismissive. We stated our positions, they stated their positions, and then we all left. This time, we have listened patiently and showed more flexibility.”Full Story

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