“It’s timely for them to meet,” said Karl Inderfurth, a former top U.S. diplomat for South Asia and now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. “It’s Nawaz Sharif’s first chance as the new prime minister to reach across to his Indian counterpart and it’s maybe Manmohan Singh’s last chance to do what he has repeatedly said he wants to do, which is open up a new relationship with Pakistan.” Both men are familiar with the pitfalls of seeking to improve ties between India and Pakistan a relationship scarred by three wars and deep mutual suspicion. Sharif was in power when Pakistan first tested a nuclear bomb in 1998. But he also presided over one of the more upbeat episodes in recent relations with India. He hosted then-Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee for a summit in Lahore in February 1999, where they signed a landmark declaration on avoiding nuclear conflict and opened a cross-border bus service. Three months later, the impetus for peace was crushed when a Pakistani military quietly infiltrated into an area of Indian-held Kashmir called Kargil, sparking fighting that left hundreds dead on both sides and could have sparked nuclear war. Sharif, who said the army acted without his knowledge, was ousted in a coup five months later. Back in office again, Sharif is particularly keen to increase cross-border trade to jump-start Pakistan’s stricken economy. “Pakistan and India can prosper together, and the entire region would benefit from our cooperation,” Sharif told the General Assembly on Friday. But Singh has said relations can only improve once Pakistan cracks down on militants accused on staging attacks in India a perennial concern that has only intensified since the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people in India’s commercial hub. On Friday, Singh said, “the epicenter of terror still remains focused in Pakistan.” A renewed spate of violence along the disputed Kashmir frontier this year has threatened a decade-long cease-fire. On Thursday, suspected separatist rebels killed 10 Indian security forces in the Indian-held portion of the Himalayan region an attack that the top elected official there said was aimed at derailing the meeting of Sharif and Singh in New York. Yet with time running out on his nearly decade-long premiership, Singh will be thinking about his legacy.
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New York Giants
If they were to lose Sunday, they’d be 0-4 for the first time since 1987. The 1992 San Diego Chargers are the only team ever to start 0-4 and still reach the postseason. Here are a couple of things to watch for in Sunday’s Giants-Chiefs game: Can anyone here play offensive line? After allowing seven sacks in last Sunday’s 38-0 loss to Carolina, the Giants will play in Kansas City without two of their starting offensive linemen. Center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee will miss the game due to injuries, and since it doesn’t appear as though David Diehl is ready to play following August thumb surgery, two from the group of Jim Cordle , James Brewer and Brandon Mosley will have to start. Obviously, the diminished physical condition of Baas and Snee likely contributed to their issues last week, so the bright side is that at least the Giants will have five healthy players on the line this time. The problem is that they’re inexperienced backups and playing against a Chiefs team that leads the league in sacks. Justin Pugh vs. Justin Houston : Pugh, the Giants’ rookie right tackle, will have his hands full with outside linebacker Houston, who had 4.5 sacks last week against the Eagles and leads the league with 7.5 sacks on the season. Of Houston’s 7.5 sacks, 6.5 have come when he’s started the play on the left side of the defensive formation, or the offense’s right side. Of the 11 sacks the Giants have allowed this season, eight have come from players who started on that side.