Indo-Pak Relations

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

Khyber hotel

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

Swaraj Maleeha

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

Nuclear cloud over Indo Pak
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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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China sees Kashmir dispute as an obstacle to Silk RoadThe Hindu Atul Aneja Sept 25, 2016

Indian Kashmir

Growing tensions between India and Pakistan is persuading the Chinese establishment to focus on the Kashmir issue as an impediment to Beijing’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at its core. The Uri incident, which has escalated India’s efforts to garner international support to dock Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism, after 18 …

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‘India’s armed forces still lack a brain’Economist September 25, 2016

Indian army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control, a ceasefire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Poonch district in this August 7, 2013 file photo. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE In a damning assessment of India’s armed forces, The Economist has published a report on how the country’s international ambitions simply don’t match its military muscle. “India is not as strong militarily as the …

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Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51CVidhi Doshi & Jon Boone May 20, 2016 Guardian UK

Heat in Indo Pak

Mumbai/Islamabad: Residents of a city in the north-west of India have called for government action as temperatures reached 51C (123.8F), the highest the country has experienced since records began. Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, is suffering an unprecedented medical crisis as a result of the record temperatures, which are high even by local summer standards and which smashed …

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Chinese pressure sees Pakistan mull constitutional status of Gilgit-BaltistanBy AFP

Pak China friendship tunnel

ISLAMABAD, Jan 7: Pakistan is mulling upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said Thursday. The move could signal a historic shift in Pakistan’s position on the future of the wider Kashmir region, observers have said, dealing another potential …

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The Lessons of Mumbai were Learned by the JihadisRaffaello Pantucci Independent UK

Paris carnage

In November 2008, a new form of terrorism filled our television screens as a 10-man cell dispatched by Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba wreaked murder and mayhem across Mumbai. Choosing prominent targets filled with foreigners and Indians, the terrorists opened fire on anyone they came across, butchering 266 before dying fighting the authorities. In so doing, they took over global headlines …

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