The real question


HE cancellation of the National Security Adviser talks between Pakistan and India some days ago could lead to a further worsening of relations between the two nuclear-armed states; border skirmishes have already occurred since then.

While security imperatives are genuine concerns for both states, it is undeniable that there can be no lasting peace or trust between the two states unless there is real progress on Kashmir. India has conflicting positions on Kashmir. Under the Shimla Agreement it agreed to work towards a final settlement of Jammu and Kashmir, but it also continues to argue that the region is an integral part of India.