Indo-Pak Relations

`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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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 (Dawn.com)

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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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China sees Kashmir dispute as an obstacle to Silk RoadThe Hindu Atul Aneja Sept 25, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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After Obama-Sharif meet, US categorically rules out nuclear deal with PakistanPTI

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Washington, Oct 23: The US has “categorically ruled out” any kind of negotiations with Pakistan on India-type civil nuclear deal, terming the reports in American media “completely false”. “Let me state categorically, we have not entered into negotiations on 123 Agreement with Pakistan nor are we seeking an exception for Pakistan within the nuclear supplier group in order to facilitate …

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UNGA speech: Nawaz proposes 4-point peace initiative with IndiaExpress Tribune Web Desk

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir, spoke about the continuing offensive against terrorism, and more importantly put the ball in India’s court by offering a new four-point peace initiative in his speech at the 70th UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Nawaz proposes 4-point peace initiative with India 1. We propose Pakistan and India formalise and respect 2003 …

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India responds to Nawaz Sharif’s U.N. speechTHE HINDU Oct 1, 2015

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Sushma Swaraj
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India hits back after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif brings up the Kashmir issue at the U.N. Here is the full text of the statement by First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations: Statement by Mr. Abhishek Singh, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations exercising India’s Right of Reply during the General Debate …

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No alternative to talksThe HINDU Opinion-Editorial Aug 24, 2015

The failure of India and Pakistan to hold the planned meeting between their National Security Advisers, as was agreed in Ufa six weeks ago, is unfortunate, indeed disquieting. It should give pause to both Islamabad and New Delhi on what kind of relations they could possibly expect to have in the foreseeable future. Arguments to the effect that there were …

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‘Altaf’s speech exceeded all limits’ – Pak interior ministerThe News International

ISLAMABAD, Aug 2: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lambasted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday for his last night’s speech, saying the purpose of such a speech was to bring a bad name to Pakistan and its institutions. “Speeches made from London have crossed limits of all the principles, laws and regulations,” said Chaudhry Nisar while …

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Lost Opportunity on Nuclear DisarmamentBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD JUNE 3, 2015 The New York Times

The United States and other nuclear powers failed to use a recent United Nations conference to advance the cause of nuclear disarmament. The meeting in May was supposed to strengthen international efforts to contain nuclear weapons. Instead, it was a reminder of the deep divisions over the future of nuclear weapons and what efforts should be made to eliminate them. …

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