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Pakistan rejects India call for federation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan Wednesday called an Indian official's suggestion of a federation between the two rivals a "mirage."

"It is a mirage," said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan. "Let the leaders of two countries focus on ground realities."

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Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani said Sunday a confederation would enable the two nuclear-armed neighbors to "live in peace and harmony."

India and Pakistan were created almost simultaneously in August 1947 when the British left the subcontinent. They have fought three wars since then and have a festering border dispute over Kashmir.

In the past few months, the two sides have come closer through negotiations and have resolved to solve all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir.

"Let us invest time, energy resolving the thorniest issues which divide nations," Khan said.

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