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Withdraw from Siachen

Sir, - If the Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, agree to withdraw their armies from Siachen, it will be a giant leap in the bilateral relations. This will be a major step towards peace in this century and will lay the foundation for resolving the Kashmir problem.

The pull-out from Siachen will result in a drastic cut in defence budget for both countries. History has given the two leaders a rare opportunity to find a place in the peace chapter.

S. Venkatesan,

Vellore, T.N.

Sir, - The letter `Peace at any cost' (June 28): Prof. N. S. Ramaswamy's solution is not feasible. I cannot understand how an Indian could imagine India without Kashmir. After the wars with Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir should have been handed over to India. This was not done and the international community did not put pressure on Pakistan to hand over PoK. Handing over Kashmir to Pakistan will not be a sacrifice but an insult to those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.

L. Anand,

Coimbatore

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