Chapter 17 Summary
Cherry Trees in the Sand
Pakistan sees Kashmir as a “symbol of all the oppression they felt Muslims had suffered,” and India sees it as a line past which they will not be moved. It is an inhospitable place filled with glaciers and mountains as tall as eighteen thousand feet. Pakistan and India have each established outposts and a military presence in the mountains. There has been little actual fighting and few casualties as both sides have chosen to keep up the appearance of aggression and defense. But in the spring of 1999, fighting begins in Kashmir and continues into the summer. Greg Mortenson is losing sleep worrying about the Pakistani refugees who are on the move to Skardu in the Baltistan...
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