Leaders of Pakistan and India in a symbolic meeting


For the first time in 7 years, the leaders of Pakistan and India met in New Delhi on Sunday, April 8, after a long 7-year chill. On the Pakistani side were President Asif Ali Zardari and a 40 delegation team, while India’s side had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and political icon Sonia Gandhi. Zardari and Gandhi were with their own political heirs, their sons. These 2 south Asian nations have been uneasy with each other due to the thorny question of the future of Kashmir which has triggered wars since 1947 and remains a point of tension. Western powers have reportedly played a role to nudge both nations in settling their differences. Peace between Pakistan and India is crucial to the transition efforts in neighboring Afghanistan where most NATO combat forces will start leaving by 2014.

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