August 10th 2002

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COVER STORY: The future of the Australian Democrats

Latham steals limelight from lacklustre ALP

New Zealand Labour forced into new coalition

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Rob the Builder / Mayhem in Lilliput / Fear of wages

ECONOMY: New agenda needed to address social breakdown

WA Liberals' new policy positions

Could India help in Afghanistan? (letter)

Clerical scandals: another view (letter)

Families now a luxury (letter)

COMMENT: Stalin's heirs live on ... in Australia

BIOETHICS: American stem cell expert to visit

UNITED STATES: Why Bush ended funding for UN population control agency

LAW: International Criminal Court decision to dog government

BOOKS: Our Posthuman Future, by Francis Fukuyama

BOOKS: The Price of Motherhood, by Ann Crittenden

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Shirley Nolan: a case for euthanasia?

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Could India help in Afghanistan? (letter)

by G. Williams

News Weekly, August 10, 2002

Dr Sharif Shuja's article (News Weekly, July 27) reassures us that the governments of India and Pakistan have no intention of fighting any war, let alone a nuclear war. India has shown remarkable restraint in the face of provocation, and Mr Musharraf is trying his best on the Pakistani side.

But the pot is still being heated by many fires, the pressures in both countries are high, and the extremists on both sides usually end up calling the shots.

The immediate problem is how to persuade Pakistan, which naturally sympathises with Muslims across the line of control in India, to neutralise extremists totally and permanently, so that all Kashmiris can live in peace.

Dr Shuja's comment that both India and Pakistan are now US allies in the "war on terrorism" can be the basis of an effective coup in the right direction. The main focus of this war is clearly Afghanistan.

Pakistan is helping in its own way on its side of the border. A coalition is active inside Afghanistan. India is entitled to become part of that coalition.

With a huge army, India could offer every type of assistance, from humanitarian aid to crack SAS troops able to take part in missions in Afghanistan north of the Pakistani border.

G. Williams,
Surrey Hills, Vic

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