Indo-Pak Relations

If India and Pakistan have a ‘limited’ nuclear war, scientists say it could wreck Earth’s climate and trigger global famineBy Dave Mosher Business Insider (March 1, 2019)

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Deadly tensions between India and Pakistan are boiling over in Kashmir, a disputed territory at the northern border of each country. A regional conflict is worrisome enough, but climate scientists warn that if either country launches just a portion of its nuclear weapons, the situation might escalate into a global environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. On February 14, a suicide bomber …

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India bombs targets inside Pakistan. India foreign secretary says jets hit Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan, but Islamabad denies casualties in air raids.By Asad Hashim Al Jazeera (Feb 26, 2019)


Islamabad, Pakistan – Indian fighter jets on Tuesday crossed into Pakistani territory, conducting what the foreign ministry in New Delhi termed a “non-military pre-emptive action” against armed group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), dramatically escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours weeks after a suicide attack in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan reported the Indian airspace incursion, with military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor …

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Sikhs provide sanctuary to Kashmiris caught in ‘revenge’ attacks. Kashmiris targeted by right-wing mobs in India following the Pulwama attack say the Sikh community came to their rescue.By Rifat Fareed Feb 22, 2019 (Al Jazeera)


Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – When 18-year-old Kashmiri student Shadab Ahmad and his friends were attacked by a mob in the north Indian state of Haryana last week, they prepared for the worst. The group of four – all Kashmiris – were set upon by a gang and only survived after reaching their flat and barricading themselves inside. The mob outside …

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Kashmir Militants Kill Again as Trouble Grows Between India and PakistanBy Jeffrey Gettleman and Sameer Yasir (Feb. 18, 2019) The New York TImes


• NEW DELHI — Militants in Kashmir struck again on Monday, killing an Indian Army major and at least three other soldiers just days after orchestrating a devastating bombing that left dozens of Indian security forces dead. Fears are now rising that Kashmir, a disputed region that lies between India and its regional rival, Pakistan, could be sliding into an …

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Kashmir attack: is terror group JeM pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war?BY KULDIP SINGH (16 FEB 2019) South China Morning Post

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The Trump administration has been bent on a military withdrawal from Afghanistan and leaning on Pakistan to pressure the Taliban in peace talks. Pakistan is hosting a meeting next week in Islamabad between the Taliban and the United States before the next round of negotiations in Qatar at the end of the month. It is likely Pakistan may use this …

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A Family Ski Adventure in the HimalayasBy Jeffrey Gettleman Jan. 14, 2019 The New York Times

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Last winter, as I was riding in a car with my family through the Kashmir Valley, the driver’s phone rang. He listened carefully before frowning. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Man killed in avalanche.” “Who?” “A Russian, skier, went by helicopter.” “Where?” I asked . “Where else?’’ The driver shrugged. “Gulmarg.” Gulmarg. That’s exactly where I was taking my family …

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The ascent of Sindhis in ChattisgarhSuvojit Bagchi The Hindu (Nov 17, 2018)


“No, no I’m told not to discuss any money issues here. Central offices will directly deal with it,” with these words, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate in Raipur North nearly whisked himself away to give an interview to a television channel. It took a while to explain it to Shrichand Sundrani, the candidate, that it was not money but …

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Pakistan won’t abandon peace efforts despite India’s reluctance: Shah Mehmood QureshiPTI (Sept 24, 2018)


WASHINGTON: India’s reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan will not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said, days after New Delhi cancelled the foreign minister-level meeting in New York. Addressing a news conference at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Sunday, Qureshi said India used incidents …

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SECURITY INTELLIGENCE BOOK REVIEW The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace By IMAD ZAFAR JUNE 1, 2018 (Asia Times)


The book The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, co-authored by the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Asad Durrani, and A S Dulat, the former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has created a buzz around South Asia. Former counterparts from the rival countries’ intelligence services coming together to produce a book …

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India, Pakistan Set for Counterterror Drills — Together, in RussiaBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy VOA Central News (Published May 3, 2018)

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Washington, May 3: In an unprecedented move, nuclear-capable South Asian rivals India and Pakistan are gearing up to take part in joint military drills. Last week, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed that India would participate in anti-terrorism military drills alongside Pakistan. The two nations, partitioned in 1947, agreed to train under the auspices of the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization …

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COMMENT: Trump’s India connectBy Michael Kugelman The Hindu (Feb 22, 2018)


There are few countries where the U.S. President’s business interests are so strong, and relations with the U.S. so robust. Donald Trump Jr. is in India for an extraordinary visit, to play the role of both businessman and diplomat. While mainly helping sell properties tied to the Trump Organization, where he serves as executive vice president, Mr. Trump Jr. is …

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`India is Mother of Terrorism in South Asia’: Pakistan Responds to Swaraj’s UN SpeechHindustan Times Sept 24, 2017

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India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia and “a racist and fascist ideology is firmly embedded” in the Modi government, Pakistan has said in response to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UN. India sponsored and aided terrorism against all its neighbours, reports in the Pakistani media quoted its permanent representative to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, as saying. …

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Pakistan finds itself on the defensive in Trump’s Afghan war strategyShashank Bengali, Aoun Sahi (LA Times) Aug 22, 2017


It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was just in November, weeks after his election, that then-President-elect Trump was lavishing praise on Pakistan, calling it a “fantastic place … doing amazing work.” But as Trump said in outlining his new strategy in South Asia, things look different from behind a desk in the Oval Office, and his views toward …

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‘At the Stroke of Midnight My Entire Family Was Displaced’The New York Times (August 14, 2017)


August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule in India and the creation of the two independent countries of India and Pakistan, carved along religious and political lines. More than 10 million people were uprooted. We asked readers how they or their families were affected. These are some of their stories. ‘Was he calling out for …

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Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCainBy Kamran Yousaf The Express Tribune July 3, 2017

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ISLAMABAD, July 3: Former presidential candidate and veteran congressman Senator John McCain on Sunday made it clear that there was no change in the United States policy on the longstanding Kashmir dispute, stressing the need for an end to the current unrest in disputed Himalayan region. McCain, the Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a delegation of US senators …

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Modi’s enthusiastic bear hug beats Trump’s handshakeBy Ayeshea Perera BBC News Dehli

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to the infamous “Trump handshake” with his own diplomatic tool of choice – the bear hug. A series of awkward greetings and handshakes between Mr Trump and other world leaders has left many wondering who could “beat” his approach. French President Emmanuel Macron was deemed a winner when he gripped and refused to …

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Indian spy Jadhav appeals to COAS to ‘spare his life’; army releases new video confessionDawn Report

Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently on death row, has appealed to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa for mercy. “Commander Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the serving Indian Naval Officer who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage, sabotage and terrorism, has made a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff,” the army’s media …

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India’s Call-Center Talents Put to a Criminal Use: Swindling AmericansBy ELLEN BARRY JAN. 3, 2017 The New York Times

THANE, India — Betsy Broder, who tracks international fraud at the Federal Trade Commission, was in her office in Washington last summer when she got a call from two Indian teenagers. Calling from a high-rise building in a suburb of Mumbai, they told her, in tones that were alternately earnest and melodramatic, that they wanted to share the details of …

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Ghani, Modi lash out at Pakistan on terrorism at Heart of Asia moot in AmritsarAPP (

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined hands to lash out at Pakistan on terrorism as the subject took centre stage at the inauguration of the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference on Sunday in Amritsar. The theme of the conference is ‘enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia …

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21m deaths, ozone layer to vanish if Indo-Pak nuclear war eruptsHindustan Times Sept 29, 2016

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If India and Pakistan fought a war detonating 100 nuclear warheads (around half of their combined arsenal), each equivalent to a 15-kiloton Hiroshima bomb, more than 21 million people will be directly killed, about half the world’s protective ozone layer would be destroyed, and a “nuclear winter” would cripple the monsoons and agriculture worldwide. According to the 2007 study by …

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