ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Once More with Hope

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY Once More with Hope There are few signs of a breakthrough in the language of the September 8 joint statement from the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan. On the issues of terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, it offers little more than a difference of nuance, with the declaration that launched the composite dialogue in 1997. Nor for that matter, does it differ significantly from the Lahore declaration of February 1999, jointly issued by then prime ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharief. The difference then is in the character of the interlocutors and the domestic constituencies they need to be attentive to. As Pakistan army chief in 1999, General Pervez Musharraf was unconvinced that the Lahore declaration, with its supposedly

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