Conflicts Taking the Road to War?

A cleric's assassination raises the temperature as India and Pakistan stumble toward another unwinnable battle

Three well-dressed young men walked into Maulvi Muhammad Farooq's office in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, last week and politely asked to see him. When the Muslim cleric and political leader joined them, they pulled out pistols, shot him ten times and ran. One hour later, Farooq, 45, died on the operating table at a nearby hospital.

But the violence did not end there. When Farooq's death was announced, agitated crowds that had gathered outside the hospital stormed the emergency room to claim his body. They then led an emotional procession toward the . headquarters of his party,...

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