India Pulls Back
Tensions are easing slightly along the border between India and Pakistan, where close to one million troops on high alert have been facing off since last May. On Oct. 16, the Indian government announced it would begin pulling back some of its forces. But soldiers will remain along the Line of Control dividing the Indian- and Pakistan-administered parts of the disputed state of Kashmir. One reason may be Indian concerns over the success of an alliance of six religious parties in Pakistan's Oct. 10 national elections. The alliance, which opposes compromise on Kashmir, will be the third-largest grouping in the new Parliament. It will also likely form the governments in two provinces bordering Afghanistan, where it is expected to oppose the U.S. antiterror effort.
Edited by Rose Brady