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September 30, 2013

India, Pakistan PMs seek end to Kashmir tension

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Sharif, who has served before as Pakistan's prime minister but was unseated in a 1999 coup, is contending with a surge in militant violence inside Pakistan itself. In the latest attack, a car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday killing at least 40 people. Such attacks in the troubled city of Peshawar have claimed more than 140 lives since last Sunday.

Sharif wants to improve relations with India and boost trade to help Pakistan's stricken economy. But he has an uphill task in persuading India that Pakistan and its security services are willing and able to stop attacks on India.

It's also a politically sensitive time in India. Singh is expected to step down after elections there next spring, but the ruling Congress party will not want to be seen as soft on Pakistan when attacks in Kashmir are rising.

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