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India election

Indian election keeps Pakistan anxious

Nuclear-armed neighbors 'cannot keep tensions high indefinitely'

India and Pakistan have not been on speaking terms since February, when Indian warplanes flew into Pakistani airspace to strike what India said is a militant training camp.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- As India counts down until May 23, when results of its latest elections are to be announced, the country's next-door neighbor, Pakistan, is looking for signs that tensions along a shared border in Kashmir will either ease or bring the nuclear-armed neighbors into greater conflict.

Western diplomats say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been using relations with Pakistan as a vote-getting tool. "Modi has used his confrontational approach to Pakistan to drum up public support," a Western official in Islamabad told the Nikkei Asian Review on condition of anonymity. "The entire emphasis of [Modi's] message has been how a tough man like him on Pakistan deserves to be [returned as prime minister]."

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