Richard Norton-Taylor and Ewen MacAskill
Saturday January 12, 2002
The UK government is mounting an intensive campaign to boost arms sales to India, including 60 Hawk jets worth £1bn, in spite of the danger of the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir spilling into war and destabilising the entire region.
The arms push comes only a week after Tony Blair visited India and Pakistan. He expressed the hope that "we can have a calming influence" and warned of the "enormous problems the whole of the world would face if things went wrong".
Britain's arms industry has been eager to get into an Indian that is market dominated by Russia.
This is what peace missions are about.
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