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Pakistan PM due in India for talks as new argument breaks out

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due to make his first visit to India this week as the nuclear rivals argued anew over Kashmir. Aziz, who arrives Tuesday in his capacity as outgoing chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, a regional forum of seven nations, will meet his counterpart Manmohan Singh the following day, according to India’s foreign ministry. The two leaders are expected to review recent developments in the formal peace process, known as the composite dialogue, round two of which is due to begin later this month. Aziz’s visit comes as a fresh verbal spat broke out between the two sides, which have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. The week saw fireworks from both sides, with Singh setting the ball rolling by rejecting President Pervez Musharraf’s new proposals on solving the core Kashmir dispute. In response, Musharraf told AFP in an exclusive interview that the “vibes” from New Delhi were not good. The Pakistan president had recently suggested that Kashmir could be divided into seven regions any one of which could be demilitarised and either placed under United Nations mandate, joint control or given independence.Full Story

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