Press for Conversion #47
March 2002

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Publisher:  Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Date Written:  01/03/2002
Year Published:  2002  
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Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX16157

This issue begins with a series of articles examining the historical context of the conflict between India and Pakistan.

Abstract:  This issue begins with a series of articles examining the historical context of the conflict between India and Pakistan. Much of the blame is laid on (1) British colonialism, and its "divide-and-conquer" policies that culminated in partition, and (2) the U.S. use of Pakistan as a military client state during the Cold War. When the CIA fought its biggest covert, proxy war in Afghanistan, it used Pakistan as a conduit for arming, financing, training and equipping the fundamentalist, Islamist mujahadeen. This was a deliberate effort to provoke the Soviet Union to become embroiled in the war. This US support for terrorism had its repercusions on Indo-Pakistani politics. The particularly thorny issue of Kashmir as a potential flashpoint for nuclear conflict, between India and Pakistan is also explored in a number of articles. Also examined is the issue of the arms trade and Canada's role helping to arm these two countries.

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