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Small steps to easing India-Pakistan tensions

Their participation in joint anti-terror drills, revival of informal dialogue seen paving way

India and Pakistan will take part in multinational counterterror drills even as they revive back-channel dialogue, raising hopes of an easing of tensions between the nuclear armed neighbours.

This will be the first time both countries are taking part in multinational military drills, not counting United Nations peacekeeping operations. It is significant too that this is an exercise to counter terrorism, a key area of dispute between them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2018, with the headline 'Small steps to easing India-Pakistan tensions'. Print Edition | Subscribe