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India gaining upper hand against Kashmiri secessionists - The Times of India

Posted By Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in)
October 17, 1998

Title: India gaining upper hand against Kashmiri secessionists
Publication: The Times of India
Date: October 17, 1998

"India has slowly gained the upper hand against Kashmiri secessionists,"
according to a US congressional study on India and Pakistan. This
suggests that the possibility of India agreeing to US or other
international mediation is even more remote than before, says the report
prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which advises
members of Congress on policy issues. "Although a low level guerrilla
insurgency continues, India may not feel enough pressure either from
Kashmiri guerrillas or the international community to be willing to
jeopardize its position through negotiations involving third parties or
international organizations," the study points out.

The 37-page report has been prepared by Richard P Cronin (coordinator),
specialist in Asian affairs; Barbara Leitch Lepoer, analyst in Asian
affairs; Jonathan Medalia, specialist in national defence; and Denise
Rennack, analyst in foreign policy legislation, foreign affairs and
national defence division.

Meanwhile, another CRS report says that Pakistanis nuclear programme
completely relies on foreign technology while India can develop computer
codes critical to developing even thermonuclear weapons. It quotes a
source saying that China provided Pakistan the blueprints for the bombs
as well as highly enriched uranium, thorium, scientists and key
components for a nuclear weapons production complex, among other crucial
tools. It further quotes Gary Milhollin, a leading expert on the spread
of nuclear weapons, as saying that "without China's help, Pakistanis
bomb would not exist". The CRS said it appeared that Pakistan could
deploy warheads on the Ghauri missile.

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