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The Stalled Peace Process

Stanley Wolpert

in India and Pakistan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266773
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266773.003.0010
The Stalled Peace Process

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In December 2003, Prime Minister Atul Bihari Vajpayee met General Pervez Musharraf on the eve of their annual session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Islamabad, agreeing to a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir. This important agreement launched the composite peace process for South Asia, designed to put an end to all major conflicts between India and Pakistan. Several positive measures have since been agreed upon, the most symbolically encouraging of which is the Peace Bus that started to travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in 2005, filled with happy Kashmiris, many of whom had not seen their closest relatives for half a century. However, the peace process was derailed by violence, including suicide bombings launched against India, the assassination of popular leader and Benazir Bhutto's friend Nawab Akbar Bugti, and human rights violations by Pakistan's “security forces.” Baluchistan has become the home of so many Taliban militants, including perhaps one-eyed Afghan Mullah Omar himself, as well as Balochi separatists.

Keywords: India; Pakistan; violence; suicide bombings; human rights violations; ceasefire; peace process; Atul Bihari Vajpayee; Pervez Musharraf; Kashmir

Chapter.  3864 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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