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Wednesday, 2 August, 2000, 10:23 GMT 11:23 UK
Flashpoint Kashmir: Special Report

BBC News Online's special coverage takes an in-depth look at the decades-old dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir:



Q and A: The Kashmir Conflict
What are the roots of the Kashmir conflict which has led to two wars between India and Pakistan?

Who are the Kashmir militants?
Delhi launched air strikes to stop militants encroaching over the Line of Control - but who are these groups - and are they linked to Pakistan?

The balance of firepower
Although war games have been going on for more than 30 years near the line dividing Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, tit-for-tat nuclear weapons tests in 1998 have raised the stakes.

Troubled relations
India and Pakistan were once one country. But since the sub-continent's partition more than 50 years ago, they have been arch rivals.

Multimedia
Watch a fifty-minute special report, presented by Phil Rees for the BBC's Correspondent programme on the tensions in Kashmir.


Also:
The BBC's Mike Wooldridge looks at the Kashmir people's confidence about the future (26 May)
Kashmir expert David Taylor: "The fate of Kashmir is symbolic of the differences between India and Pakistan" (28 May)


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The Kargil Conflict


Searching for a solution
Jannat Jalil assesses the impact of the eight-week conflict in July 1999, when Pakistan crossed the Line of Control into India-administered Kashmir.



Eyewitness


Battle in the heavens
"The conditions are so extreme that the bitterly cold weather claims more lives than the frequent artillery exchanges," writes Islamabad Correspondent Owen Bennett-Jones.


Under fire in Kargil
"As we talked we could hear the Pakistani shells overhead. We saw Indian helicopters bringing the wounded soldiers to an army transit camp at Matayan," writes Altaf Hussain in Kargil.

Eyewitness: Danger not beauty in Kashmir
What once was a picturesque scene of romance and beauty was transformed into one of human suffering. - Owen Bennett-Jones.

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