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Who's to blame in Kashmir issue?
AFAR
9/13/2002

In defense of Pakistanís accusations in front of world leaders at the annual U.N. General Assembly debate, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee denied that India was advocating another war in South Asia.

He stated that Pakistan is responsible for the training and harboring of Islamic terrorists who are attacking India-ruled Kashmir.

In fact, both nuclear-armed neighbors have massed one million troops along the border that divides the Himalayan region of Kashmir between them. Moreover, both have refused to step down or allow independence to Kashmir.

While Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf devoted most of his speech to attacking India, Vajpayee, also accused Musharraf's government of trying to sabotage efforts to encourage democracy with the legislative elections to be held in the Jammu-Kashmir state.

Since the Indian government announced the elections six weeks ago, violent protests by separatists accusing the Indian government of manipulating elections in Kashmir have arisen, killing over 300 people, including two election candidates. The vote is to begin Monday.

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