Kashmir: As Prickly as Cactus

As the third round of the Kashmir talks began in Karachi last week, a cactus plant was prominently placed on the negotiating table in front of India's Chief Negotiator Sardar Swaran Singh—an apt symbol of just how prickly the dispute between India and Pakistan still remains. Yet by the end of the day, the first faint glimmer of compromise was visible. In a sharp departure from its previous inflexible stand, India indicated that it would be willing to partition Kashmir along a boundary other than the current U.N. cease-fire line, which now...

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