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International relations

India and Pakistan tug-of-war in South Asia grows over Kashmir

As smaller nations try to avoid trouble, experts see New Delhi having the edge

The Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir has been under a military clampdown since New Delhi scrapped its special constitutional status on Aug. 5.   © Reuters

COLOMBO -- South Asia's smaller countries are caught in the diplomatic crossfire as India and Pakistan tussle over Kashmir, a disputed region that has been under a military lockdown for over three weeks after India's Hindu nationalist government imposed a new political order.

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