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Musharraf and me

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   June 2003

India’s prime minister has taken an initiative to open a way out of the tragic, bloody morass that passes for relations between India and Pakistan. It implicitly recognises the fact that there is no military solution to the Kashmir issue?Pakistan lacks the muscle to wrest Kashmir from Indian rule, and India cannot win decisively over Pakistan in difficult, mountainous terrain.

This remains as true today as in 1989 when India’s unconscionable manipulation of Kashmiri politics led to a popular uprising. Pakistan was quick to translate India’s losses into its gains and the military establishment hit upon the “bleed India through…

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