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The beginning of 2004 saw the leaders of India and Pakistan meeting in Islamabad and promising to resolve the Kashmir issue through talks. At one point, Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, even said that he would set aside the UN Resolutions on Kashmir if it helped reach an amicable accord on the half century old Kashmir problem. The year beginning also saw an enduring ceasefire along the Line of Control dividing the state of Jammu & Kashmir. In Kashmir people rallied to the cause of Azaadi while the Indian security continued to disrupt life in search of terrorists. This year promises to be a watershed. But there have been so many false starts regarding the resolution of the Kashmir issue that not too many people are sanguine about the prospects of a final solution.