Relations between India and Pakistan have always been on shaky ground. Yet the latest confrontation, with the mobilization of soldiers and all the talk of nuclear war, has been rattling their border like the moments before an earthquake. After recent meetings with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and the promise of a visit later this week by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the tremors between Delhi and Islamabad have settled for the time being. But most will tell you that the current quiet is temporary, and unless some serious progress is made in smoothing relations and finding solutions to the quarrel over Kashmir, the heavy guns will be booming once again. Finding a way for peace.
Ambassador Nicholas Platt, former Ambassador to Pakistan, currently President of the Asia Society
Sumantra Bose, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics
Ahmed Faruqui, fellow at the American Institute of International Studies, weekly columnist for the Daily Times in Lahore