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From Mumbai Terror To Bin Laden’s Death: The Moving Target Of India-Pakistan Peace

More than two years after the Pakistani jihadist attacks in Mumbai, India wants to push ahead with peace talks with Islamabad to resolve longstanding disputes over Kashmir. But new questions continue to arise over links between terror outfits and the Paki

Muslim citizens in India joined others in condemning the 2008 Mumbai attacks (Anuradha Sengupta)
Muslim citizens in India joined others in condemning the 2008 Mumbai attacks (Anuradha Sengupta)
Frédéric Bobin

NEW DELHI - There is little room for maneuver. Between denunciations of Pakistan's "terror sanctuaries' and the need for dialogue with Islamabad, India is painstakingly trying to strike the right tone in its tormented relationship with its western neighbor.

The rival countries have already fought four wars (1947, 1965, 1971-72, 1999), and a significant part of the Indian diplomatic apparatus is focused on avoiding that Pakistan's current internal instability spirals into confrontation with India. Two-and-a-half years after Pakistani jihadists stormed Mumbai in a coordinated attack that left 166 dead, bilateral relations continue to be bumpy, with a constant swerving between rhetorical fever and shared desires for peace.

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