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PacNet #2A – India-Pakistan: Dealing With the Real Danger

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s bold speech and even bolder action clamping down on Pakistani-based Kashmiri terrorists, and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s acknowledgment of this significant (if still insufficient) step forward has significantly reduced the prospects of war between South Asia’s two nuclear powers. Continuing U.S. diplomatic pressure, including the impending trip by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the region, should help to further defuse the immediate crisis.