Trust Pervez: No infiltration
Trust your eyes, says army
Minorities strike back
Killer on wheels takes 46 lives
At 15, mother of all Grandmasters
Naidu plea to tap all options before war
Six months on edge: cold, heat & shells for company
Man makes mole out of a mountain
UK caught between arms morality & market forces
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Islamabad/ New Delhi, May 27: 
Generous in his January speech, General Pervez Musharraf this time chose to be austere with assurances, declaring only that there was no infiltration of militants into India.

If the arrogant assertion — infiltration, what infiltration? — was the signal India and the international community were expecting from the general, they were not disappointed.

India held back its “considered response” till tomorrow because “what you see (of Musharraf) is not what you get”. But the general did enough during his nationally televised speech to twist the knife into Delhi, including spotting “Hindu terrorists” on rampage in Kashmir and — the worst cut of all for Atal Bihari Vajpayee — in Gujarat.

By way of promises to the world, there was only a repeat of something he had said in the January 12 speech: that he would not allow terrorist activity from Pakistani soil. To the Pakistani people, he promised election between October 7 and 11.

“Pakistan will never allow the export of terrorism anywhere in the world from within Pakistan,” he said.

Missing was the line which had been added after a meeting of the national security council and the Cabinet last week that terrorist activity would not be permitted even from territory under Pakistani control, meaning that part of Kashmir it holds.

Does today’s speech then mean backtracking from that position? Musharraf, in his army fatigues but speaking with a politician’s forked tongue, hid himself behind a veil of ambiguity.

“I also want to tell the world and give the assurance that no infiltration is taking place across the Line of Control,” he said.

Musharraf laid on the table a long charter of what he wants India to do, presumably in exchange for his commitment to stop infiltration. He demanded that the international community persuade India to de-escalate tension by cutting forces on the border, start talking again, stop “atrocities” on the people of Kashmir, and allow human rights organisations to enter Kashmir.

He said he had taken bold steps to crack down on terrorism, but “we have not seen positive steps from India”.

“I urge the international community to ask India to move towards normalisation of relations… and reduction of tensions on the border,” he said.

“I would now like to convey a message to the world community. Pakistan does not want war. Pakistan will not be the one to initiate war...But if war is thrust upon us, we would respond with full might.”

He distanced the Pakistani government from the terrorist attacks on the Indian Parliament and on the army camp in Jammu. “We want to make it clear that Pakistan is not involved in any attack. There may be groups who want to destabilise Pakistan.” The comment is a signal to Delhi that some of the militant groups might not be under his control and were trying to provoke a war by hitting targets in India.

Lest his statement that infiltration is not taking place is read as a betrayal of the Kashmir cause, Musharraf addressed his “Kashmiri brethren and sisters”. “We will always stand with you and you will always have our moral, political and diplomatic support.”

Delhi will see this as playing to the gallery and, though much of Musharraf’s speech was rhetoric, the easy flow was interrupted by sudden hints that Musharraf meant more than he said.

He said: “We stand at historic crossroads. The decisions taken today will have their bearings on the future.”

Vajpayee will hope so, too. January 12 was all promise and little action. May 27 will be the opposite.


New Delhi, May 27: 
In the backdrop of reports coming out of Pakistan — and President Pervez Musharraf’s own claim — that infiltration into India has stopped, army sources said today that the ground situation did not allow them to accept such a conclusion.

“There is no evidence yet that suggests that the 10 Corps is trying to stop exfiltration from Pakistan,” they said.

The Pakistan army’s 10 Corps, which is deployed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, continues to man the Line of Control at crucial points. Reports from Pakistan suggested that Musharraf had asked the 10 Corps not to permit infiltration into Kashmir after the government said terrorist activity would not be allowed from Pakistani soil or from territory controlled by it. Again, in his speech today, Musharraf said there is no infiltration.

The Indian army sources said even as late as Saturday, three militants were killed at Chawa near Rajouri. “It is difficult to expect the Pakistani army to suddenly turn the gun away from India and on the jihadis,” an official said.

The army is taking “limited punitive action” on Pakistani posts across the LoC based on the logic that these provide covering fire for militants infiltrating into Kashmir. Army sources claim that in the past two weeks 240 Pakistani soldiers have died in the firing.


New Delhi, May 27: 
Official India decided to wait for a day before reacting to Pervez Musharraf’s speech but the government’s most high-profile minority face stepped forward to answer the general’s pointed reference to “Hindu extremists and terrorists” and “atrocities” on minority communities.

Leaders of several minority communities, too, echoed minister of state for external affairs Omar Abdullah in condemning Musharraf’s “provocative” statement. “I think it is obviously going to make us very angry. The stuff we had about Hindu terrorists and the rest of it. I have yet to hear of Hindu terrorists operating in Kashmir,” Abdullah told a television channel.

“We have not appointed him as our advocate. We are competent to deal with our problems. Any such statements from Pakistani leaders will only prove counter-productive,” the convener of the All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee, Syed Shahabuddin, told PTI.

The spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Father Dominic Emmanuel, said the President of another country had no business to talk about what is happening to minorities in India.

“We are aware of the problems caused by right-wing Hindu extremists but Musharraf should first put his own house in order where the minorities do not enjoy equal rights,” he said.

On the diplomatic front, Britain asked Musharraf to take “visible” action to back his assurances against terrorism. British foreign secretary Jack Straw is scheduled to meet the Pakistani leadership tomorrow and that of India on Wednesday. Japan, a big aid donor of Pakistan, too, will send an emissary.

The British Prime Minister today spoke to A.B. Vajpayee, who told Tony Blair that Pakistan’s claim of curbing infiltration has to be verified before India could make any commitment.

Indian officials said in private there would be no let-up in the border deployment till Delhi is convinced about Musharraf’s sincerity. Foreign minister Jaswant Singh is expected to make India’s stand clear tomorrow.

Vajpayee is cutting short his holiday in Manali by a day and returning to the capital tomorrow to chair a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security.


Calcutta, May 27: 
A burst tyre and a deep roadside canal conspired to cause the worst road accident in the city’s recent memory when a bus with more than 50 passengers careened off the road into the channel near the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass this morning. Forty-six people died on the spot.

Most of the dead, including the driver, eight women and four children, were from the Malancha-Ghatakpur area in South 24-Parganas. Only 12 survivors had emerged till late evening.

The Calcutta-bound bus (WBS 5066) on route 213 — ironically christened Mayer Ashirbad — appeared to have tyres that had lost their grip because of frequent repairs, officials later said. The vehicle was about 30 years old but was moving fast to beat the Monday morning rush hour, they added.

The right front tyre burst soon after the bus left Chowbhaga around 10.15, about 30 minutes after it had left for Calcutta from its terminus at Ghatakpur. The bus lost control, hit a tree and skidded off the Calcutta-Dhamapukur Road into the Pocha Khal, sewage channel filled to the brim because of the rains early today. The canal swallowed more than three-fourths of the vehicle, making escape impossible for most of those inside.

The depth of water in the canal — usually four feet at the site of the mishap — was more than 16 feet today. CMC mayor-in-council member (health) Javed Ahmed Khan alleged that a bund, constructed there by the irrigation department and supposed to have been dismantled by May 25, was the reason for so many deaths.

“The bund was not dismantled to suit the interests of the 100-odd bheri-owners,” he said and demanded that a criminal case be initiated against the irrigation officials.

Most of those who survived were either sitting or standing near the doors. One of them, Monica Pal, who was on the front seat, managed to jump out of a window as the bus plunged into the channel that swells into a river, the Bidyadhari, a few kilometres east. Another survivor, Rabin Chandra Mandal, was standing near the conductor.

“There is no chance of finding other bodies as we managed to fish out every one of them after locking the nearest sluice gates on either side,” district magistrate Alapan Bandyopadhyay said.

Officials said those who survived the initial impact might have died after swallowing the channel’s dirty water. Till late evening, 30 bodies could be identified. The rest of the bodies have been kept in NRS Medical College and Hospital.Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reached the spot accompanied by Cabinet colleagues Subhas Chakraborty, Gautam Deb, Hafiz Ali Sairani and Srikumar Mukherjee. Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also visited the crash site with mayor-in-council Javed Khan. The state government will pay Rs 10,000 each to the families of those killed, Bhattacharjee later said.


Calcutta, May 27: 
Less than two months after her 15th birthday, Koneru Humpy checked into the record books by becoming the youngest woman to take the Grandmaster’s title.

Her moment of glory came in Budapest, where she pocketed her third and final norm in the Elekes Memorial meet with a quick draw against Hungarian International Master Peter Lukacs in the tenth and penultimate round.

There could not have been a better place than Budapest for Humpy to rewrite history. The previous record was held by the legendary Hungarian Judit Polgar, who was 15 years and four months when she became a Grandmaster.

Humpy is 15 years, one month and 27 days old.

“I am very happy. The tension was mounting and it was putting me under pressure. I am relieved to have completed this,” the Vijayawada girl told The Telegraph from her Budapest hotel.

There is reason for her to feel relieved as her performance curve had dipped after bagging the second norm in the Third Saturday meet in Yugoslavia last October. She fared poorly on the senior circuit, though she did win the world junior girls’ title in Greece last year.

“My performance, even here, has been less than satisfactory and I was under a lot of tension. I was lucky to snatch a couple of wins and the one over Hungarian Grandmaster Csaba Horvath in the eighth round made me feel that I could go for it. I needed a draw today and faced no problem in achieving it,” she said.

Humpy has also eclipsed P. Harikrishna as the youngest Indian to win the Grandmaster’s title. The Andhra Pradesh boy was 15 years and two months when he became Grandmaster in August last year. Humpy is the seventh Indian Grandmaster, the others being Viswanathan Anand, Dibyendu Barua, Praveen Thipsay, Abhijit Kunte, Krishnan Sasikiran and Harikrishna.

Humpy is the only Indian woman to earn the distinction.

Humpy’s father Koneru Ashoke spotted the champion in his daughter when she was just five and later gave up his job as a lecturer in chemistry to become a full-time coach.

Ashoke informed Humpy will gain some points from the Budapest meet which will push her above the required rating point margin of 2500.

She had crossed 2500 on the rating list released in January and was rated third among women, behind Polgar and former world champion Xie Jun of China. But she fared poorly in a few events after that, which dragged her below 2500 and fuelled murmurs that Humpy’s success was larger than her ability.

“It’s not that I have proved a point and proved critics wrong. The joy at the moment is bigger than everything,” said Humpy, asked if she was out to prove a point. “I have a round more to play here and a title will be the right way of celebrating it.”

At the moment, Humpy is sole leader with 7.5 points and she is the second seed in a moderate field with an average rating of 2437. Horvath, whom Humpy beat in the eighth round, is the top seed.

Having competed at the highest level with success, Humpy is now looking forward to make a bigger mark in the men’s game.

“I want to have a go at the junior boys’ title in the world championship later this year,” she said.


Warangal, May 27: 
The Telugu Desam Party today urged the NDA at the Centre to explore and exhaust all diplomatic and international avenues before venturing into war to end the menace of cross-border terrorism.

Speaking at the party’s 20th annual convention, Naidu said there was no question of compromising with terrorism that had taken a toll of thousands of lives and tainted the country’s prestige with the attack on the Parliament and the death of the family members of the jawans. Naidu said all these attacks were pre-planned and took place with the help of Pakistani support.

Appealing to all parties to stand united at this critical hour, he said there should no difference opinion when the country was exposed to external attacks.

The Desam chief said his party would not compromise with the communal agenda of the BJP and the RSS. “We have opposed all the designs of saffronisation of education and Ayodhya of the NDA government. We will not compromise with any misdeeds of the NDA regime,” he said.

“The TDP’s stand has been vindicated now that the entire nation and the world have taken note of the indictment of the minorities in Gujarat,” Naidu added.

The convention is being held in the Bishop Beretta School in Warangal amidst tight security. All the 300-odd culverts and 10 road bridges on road routes leading to Warangal are being patrolled and secured. Sniffer dogs and bomb-disposal squads, besides trained anti-Naxalite forces, have been requisitioned to guard the venue in view of disruption threat from the PWG.

Portraits of party founder N.T. Rama Rao in his various avatars adorn the venue along with the huge hoardings of Naidu. His portraits have been placed at arches at various vantage points in the town to mark the occasion. Party publications, including books on panchayat law and a Telugu book on Naidu, written by former Union minister Umareddy Venkateswarlu, are being sold at the venue.

Naidu said the outdated policies of the Centre and lack of reforms were dragging the country backwards. The only solution to end poverty was infusing economic reforms and technology to resolve the problems of the common man.

He accused the Congress of double standards and deception. Commenting on an exercise by the state Congress to conduct a ballot on its popularity and Naidu’s measures, the chief minister said: “All those ballot boxes are full of only Congress voters and not the people.”

Naidu said the Congress had never given good governance nor had it ever functioned as a good Opposition party. He was commenting on the Congress criticism of his Janmabhoomi and people participation programmes.

“Janmabhoomi is a spirit and not a programme. It has paid good dividends to the state in promoting rural development which has brought down rural poverty to 11.5 per cent against an urban poverty level of 23.4 per cent,” he said.

The convention is expected to pass a political resolution on the last day in which the Desam will lay to rest all speculation and doubt on its relations with the BJP. While the state BJP is yearning to snap relations with the Desam, the BJP national leadership was keeping them at bay.

Desam takes after Left

The Desam is fast emerging as a cadre-based party on the lines of the Left parties.

Just as the communist parties are known for their fondness for the colour red, the Desam is emerging as a Yellow Shirts party. Yellow stands for the prosperity of farmers. The party has issued smart identity cards to all 6,000 of its general body members.

Like the communists, Desam legislators contribute a month’s salary towards the upkeep of the party. They also contribute to the development fund for party-initiated programmes. The party’s resolutions are endorsed by its district units at meetings held prior to the main convention.

Jyoti Basu is the role model for the Desam chief Chandrababu Naidu and the South Korean book, Sameul Dong, is the party’s bible for retaining power and initiating anti-poverty programmes. Naidu has also found inspiration in the Chinese model of development.


Somewhere on the Indo-Pak border in the Jammu region, May 27: 
The army checkpost, less than 2 km away from the front line, is manned by just four soldiers in battle fatigues. They have just one answer, “No”, to queries on a tour of the front line. After much persuasion and a discussion on a baby turtle, which kept going back into the nearby nullah each time it was pulled out, a call to whoever is in charge is allowed.

“The media cannot be taken to the forward post. It is too dangerous. We are sorry. Please understand,” the voice on the other end says and dies away. Another call, and the answer is the same. But this time, after a few names are dropped, a concession is made. “You can talk to some of the officers and soldiers on their morale. But no quoting them. It has to be a gentleman’s assurance.”

Welcome to one of the front lines in the Jammu sector. As the vehicle, led by an army Gypsy, meanders its way towards the front line, tension seems palpable. There are no signs of either civilians or dogs — an aspect that conveys that not all is well. Both vehicles come to a dusty halt in front of a primary school where a young lieutenant is waiting.

A warm handshake is followed by a refreshing drink of cold water “just lifted from underground”, with the mercury touching 45 degree Celsius indoors. “Can I be of some help?” asks the lieutenant, fit enough to pass off for a Class X student. Signalling to follow him, he leads this correspondent into a verandah where three senior officers watch with rapt attention a television beaming Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech at Kupwara.

“We are ready for war. We will win the war. But the moot question is whether it will help eradicate terrorism?” wonders one.

Another observes that a war would at least send the right signals to those aiding and abetting cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The third intervenes, stating that tackling terrorism had to be a political solution.

Three officers holding three different viewpoints. But each adamant that not an inch of Indian territory would be handed over to Pakistan this time. The mistakes of 1948, 1965 and 1971 would not be repeated. Chhamb would be recaptured.

Time to make a move. This time even closer to the front line. The turban is discarded for a heavy helmet.

“We are trained to figure out from where the bullets are coming. You are not. Don’t discard it (the helmet) till we tell you,” an officer warns, sternly adding not to take it as a joke.

As the Gypsy gets closer to the zero line, the sound of intermittent firing — both from across the border and the Indian side — can be heard distinctly. “That is from Pakistan... this is our reply,” explains a jawan. For him, it is an everyday experience. He even knows the kind of gun the bullets are being fired from.

But today is a dull day: the shells and mortar bombs have not rained.

All across the frontier in the sector, jawans bravely dodge flying metal, dig new positions, relocate bunkers, fill trenches before moving to new ones elsewhere and camouflage heavy weapons to ensure they remain hidden when flares are fired. Telephones, the lifeline of any army forward post, lie secured in the bushes.

Every round of mortar and shell fired from across the border is matched with equal ferocity. After the Kaluchak massacre on May 14, heavy pounding from the Indian army has silenced some of the Pakistani guns.

“We have some villagers who have refused to leave their land,” said one soldier, “They revere the land they have been tilling for years as their mother and refuse to migrate to safer places. At times we feel they are better than many of us in dodging bullets. They have been facing intermittent firing from across the border for years and know where to run to escape being hit.”

Despite the heat and the threat of a stray bullet felling them, the soldiers have a high morale. “Humme jab bhi hukm milega hum aage badhenge. Chhey mahiney sey hukm ka intezar kar rahe hain. Aage badhenge to phir peeche nahin dekhenge (On receiving orders, we will immediately make a move. For six months we have been waiting for orders. Once we advance there is no looking back),” a jawan from Uttaranchal dug up in a trench said, firing intermittently from the light machine gun in his hands. “Woh bahut tang karta hai. Usko shaant karna parega (They trouble us a lot. They must be silenced).”

Tension is palpable inside the trench. All eyes stay glued to the invisible enemy. Someone throws a rock towards zero line, inviting a hail of bullets. “It helps in locating their ever-changing gun positions,” one explains.

Smoking is forbidden in the forward lines. “While the smoke is a give-away during daytime, a lit cigarette can prove disastrous at night, with both sides taking cover of the darkness for replacements.

When the firing gets heavy, some find themselves confined to their trenches for as long as 48 hours with no water or proper meal. But no one is complaining,” an officer said.

The maze of trenches are interconnected, allowing jawans to mingle freely, especially when it becomes too risky to allow even a glimpse of the helmet to the enemy side.

Six months after the government ordered troops to the front line, the upbeat mood among the personnel has not waned. The jawans weathered severe cold and are now braving the heat. At times they have withstood heavy shelling and high calibre firing on empty stomach for days on end. But their loyalty is unflinching, their resolve firm.

The return trip to the checkpost seems to take forever. The baby turtle is still persisting in its weary trudge back to the nullah. A jawan, holding aloft a small mirror, helps this correspondent tie his turban. Job done, the young lieutenant jumps onto the Gypsy.

“Next time, we hope to see you at the Sialkot golf range,” he says with a smile before zooming off in a cloud of dust to face yet another day of dodging bullets and shells on the front line.


May 27: 
The 200-foot-wide mass of rock stood like a solid wall. Till one man with a hammer smashed a way through it.

Thanks to Dasarath Majhi, people of Wazirgunje, a block in Bihar’s Gaya district, can now walk across to Atri, another block on the other side of the 25-foot-high wall that once connected two ranges of the Rajgir hills.

Before he pulled the rocky mass down, residents of the two blocks travelled 60 km to reach the other side. Now, they amble across one kilometre.

Majhi’s muscle-wrenching mission began sometime in 1959. But what made him take up something so apparently impossible that even his wife Phaguni Devi thought he had gone mad?

The 70-year-old smiles. “Barely a few years ago, we had chased away the white men from our country. There were new ideas and the desire to do new things was maddening,” he says. “I had nothing. I was poor and had no education. What could I offer? But I had abundant energy and tried to make use of it.”

An old-timer recalls how the Gehlaur villager turned from a mere farmhand to a man possessed. “Each time he reached the hill he would climb up like a rat, then cross to reach the other side,” says Sitaram Majhi. “Then one morning he began hammering away at the huge rock like a mad man.”

The hammering didn’t stop till he had brought the rock down. “There was a small hole in the rock but enough to let a faint ray of sunlight pass through. I always thought it was possible to break the wall and make a road,” says Majhi, who belongs to the caste of rat-trappers.

He devised his own way of prising open the hill without causing any major damage to the range. “I used to collect wood and pile them on the joints of two hills and set them on fire. When the rock became hot, I would pour water to make it crack. Then I would concentrate on the cracked surface with my hammer,” he says.

His own caste men thought he had gone crazy, while the upper caste Rajputs sniggered. But Majhi soldiered on. “He would be seen till late in the night hammering hard on the rock,” said a local resident. The hard knocks in the middle of the night often frightened the people.

Then, on a sunny winter morning, the last bit of rock caved in under the relentless hammer blows. It was 1982 and Majhi, then close to 50, had laboured for more than 22 years. “I chipped away the small portion of the standing rock and called all the villagers to show them the new path,” Majhi says.

“His own caste men just smiled but the Rajputs went ecstatic. They said it was a revolution,” says Ram Avtar Yadav, a villager. Majhi didn’t stop there. He turned the passage into a 16-foot road. The villagers knew only one way to thank him: they named him “Dasarath Baba”.

They also named a local Dalit colony Dasarathnagar. “That is the highest I have got so far,” Majhi says. It has 30 Dalit homes.

In the mid-1990s, former Gaya DM Rajbala Verma, who visited the area, later recommended Majhi’s name for the President’s medal. Majhi later drew the attention of the Limca Book of Records. In 1999, he was declared Personality of the Year for cutting “a 350x16x12ft passage through the massive rock…, hammering away at them single-handedly for 20 years from 1959”, the citation read.

Dasarath wanted this stretch to be converted into a metalled road to bring three other blocks — Phatuha, Fatepur and Barachatti — closer. He met Laloo Prasad Yadav some years ago and the former chief minister promised all possible help. But his dream is yet to be realised.


London, May 27: 
The foreign office in London today quashed reports that Britain had blocked arms sales to India and Pakistan, 24 hours after reports had suggested that an embargo was in place.

The “confusion” was cleared up by a foreign office spokesperson who insisted categorically: “There is no arms embargo. There are no plans for an arms embargo.”

The suggestion that there was one came in a well-sourced lead story in The Daily Telegraph today, headlined “Block on arms to India and Pakistan. British export threatens pound 1 billion sale of Hawk trainers.”

The paper reported: “Patricia Hewitt, the trade and industry secretary, signed an order last Thursday, halting export licenses.” It added that George Fernandes, the Indian defence minister, “is a strong champion of the Hawk deal”.

The paper also pointed out that “support for the bid could vanish if Britain was seen to be an unreliable supplier”.

The foreign office explanation is that there is no embargo on the Hawk deal simply because the manufacturers, British Aerospace, have not applied for an export licence.

However, it is known that many senior British government ministers have been lobbying successive Indian governments to reach an agreement with Britain.

Though there is no deal as yet, cancellation of a possible contract with India would have an adverse consequence for British jobs.

But the foreign office maintains that Britain would consider each application for arms export on “a case by case basis”, and that its decision would take into account the situation in the region.

Ron Cartwright, a trade union leader at the British Aerospace plant in Hull, which employs 2,000 people, said today: “It is a major campaign we have been leading for 16 years and we thought this was getting to the end of the campaign. We believe that the order should still go ahead, because we wouldn’t be delivering any aircraft into India until 2004, so it would have no impact at all on the conflict that is out there at the moment.

Another trade union leader, Sir Ken Jackson, said banning sales would be a “PR gimmick”, adding: “If we won’t sell aircraft to India, then there are a queue of countries that would step in. Companies in Italy, Russia, France, South Korea and the Czech Republic all have the capacity to build alternative planes. British jobs will go, but India and Pakistan will be no closer to peace.”

The problem for the British government is that it is torn between following an “ethical foreign policy” and simultaneously pushing for arms sales to safe guard jobs in its defence industry.

Jack Straw, the foreign minister, was tonight on his way to Pakistan and India, to urge the former to cut down on cross border terrorism and the latter to exercise greater restraint.

“The current tension, and the build up of military forces in Kashmir, could all too easily spiral out of control into a conventional, and then, nuclear conflict of a kind we have never seen before,” Straw said in Berlin today.

He added: “We sometimes add the words ‘incalculable risks’ in such circumstances. But whilst we cannot be precise, the risks are all too easy to describe. Death, destruction, disease, economic collapse, affecting not just the immediate war theatre but many parts of the sub continent and lasting for years.”

The British foreign minister argued: “So it is imperative that a better way out of this conflict is found; a way that sees the end of cross-border terrorism and the support for all forms of terrorism; then a de-escalation of military preparedness; then a constructive dialogue to resolve this long-standing bilateral argument over this beautiful but benighted area of Kashmir.”




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