Asia: The Guns of September

Across Pakistan last week, patriotic banners adorned public buildings, guns boomed, and thousands thrilled at the sight of "enemy forces" being put to rout in mock battles. The occasion was the first anniversary of the outbreak of the border war with India—a conflict in which the shooting stopped only after Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin brought the two foes together at Tashkent last January.

Yet, as last week's Pakistani celebrations suggested, the Tashkent talks hardly brought true peace to the subcontinent. Each side is rebuilding its military forces while regularly accusing the other of bad faith.

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