India and Pakistan: Fallout from Afghanistan

An unexpected flipside of the war against Osama Bin Laden and his harbourers has been a major rise in levels of tension between India and Pakistan

The World Today Updated 2 September 2021 Published 1 December 2001 3 minute READ

Arnab Goswami

News Editor, New Delhi Television

India and Pakistan have accused the other of adopting threatening postures, amassing troops along the Line of Control and the international border and using the Kashmir card for domestic political gain. Even a minor flare-up between the two countries over Kashmir could have deeply unsettling consequences beyond the south Asian region.

First reports about unusual troop deployments close to the Line of Control in Kashmir appeared in Pakistani newspapers. The Line is in effect the ceasefire line agreed to by India and Pakistan after the 1971 war.

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