The year 2002 began on an ominous note with war drums beating on both sides of the border. A series of terrorist attacks in Srinagar, the capital of J&K, and in New Delhi provoked the Indian government to offer an ultimatum to the Pakistani ruler, General Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani government vowed to end terrorism in its own country but declined to end support to the accessionist cause in Kashmir. The United States stepped in to diffuse the crisis and war was averted - at least for the time being. The Indian government thereafter planned elections but the militants and the pro-Pakistanis rejected the proposal.