Indo-Pak Relations

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

Nawaz Sharif at UN

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

India External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj

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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India Backed Baloch Hijackers Executed after 17 yearsBy John Hall for MailOnline

Baloch separatists executed (Credit:

Pakistan has executed three Baloch separatists who hijacked a plan and attempted to fly it to India in the hope of disrupting Islamabad’s first nuclear tests. Two of the men, Shahsawar Baluch and Sabir Baluch were hanged in Hyderabad prison in southern Sindh province while the third, Shabir Rind, was hanged in Karachi, officials said. The executions were carried out …

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Nuclear Fears in South AsiaBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times, APRIL 6, 2015

The world’s attention has rightly been riveted on negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. If and when that deal is made final, America and the other major powers that worked on it — China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — should turn their attention to South Asia, a troubled region with growing nuclear risks of its own. Pakistan, with …

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Indian Bride Walks out of Marriage Ceremony after Groom Fails Math Test

A marriage ceremony in India ended in a most unconventional of ways: the bride tested the groom’s math skills, and he failed, police confirmed. The groom-to-be was allegedly asked what 15 plus six is, to which he incorrectly answered 17. The bride then left, and despite all the best efforts of the groom’s family to coax her into returning, she …

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Delhi Wakes Up to an Air Pollution Problem It Cannot IgnoreNeighboring Pakistan's aviation, health & agriculture also suffers
By GARDINER HARRIS, The New York Times

Pollution on Indo Pak border (Credit:

NEW DELHI, India, Feb 14  — For years, this sprawling city on the Yamuna River had the dirtiest air in the world, but few who lived here seemed conscious of the problem or worried about its consequences. Now, suddenly, that has begun to change. Some among New Delhi’s Indian and foreign elites have started to wear the white surgical masks …

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Karachi Literature Festival brings subcontinent’s writers on same pageFatema Imani, Dawn Newspaper

KLF 2015 (Credit:

“Writing is a horribly lonely profession. You’ll never know where you stand, whether you will be compensated; it’s not like other professions which have an infrastructure,” said author of ‘Home Boy’, H.M. Naqvi, during the Iowa Silk Route Residency Program session at the Karachi Literature Festival 2015 (KLF). The session, which saw local and international writers, was engaging, informative and …

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India clears cows, dogs, dust for Obama Taj Mahal tripAFP

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INDIA, Jan 23: As he scrubs the road to India’s Taj Mahal on his knees for less than five dollars a day, Ramjeet beams with pride at the thought of US President Barack Obama admiring his handiwork. “If everything is clean then he will be impressed,” said the aching man as he took a rest with another 10 kilometres (six miles) …

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The ‘Man from Mohenjodaro’ who never left Sindh passes awayBy M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad

Sobho Gianchandani (Credit:

Sobho Gianchandani, one of Pakistan’s last leaders from its first generation of Marxists, has died at the age of 94. He suffered a heart attack and was cremated in his native village near the southern city of Larkana on Tuesday. Gianchandani was a member of the Communist Party of Pakistan and stayed active after it was banned in 1954. He …

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Indian Muslims Lose Hope in National Secular PartyBy NEHA THIRANI BAGRI NOV. 8, 2014 | The New York Times

Indian Voters

MUMBAI, India — When he set out on a muggy morning in mid-October to vote in the Maharashtra State legislative elections, Zubair Azmi intended to cast his ballot, as usual, for the Indian National Congress, the party that has promised for years to protect Muslims like him. But as he walked the streets of Byculla, a once-affluent South Mumbai neighborhood …

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India, Pakistan Remain Lacking in Nuclear SecurityBy Ankit Panda The Diplomat

Obama-Sharif in Hague

As the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit gets underway in The Hague, Netherlands, world leaders and nuclear security experts will ponder the future of nuclear security in the Indian subcontinent. Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan both score poorly on several important indicators for the security of nuclear materials and their ability (or inability) to regulate their supply of both fissile material …

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An Unlikely Romance Ends in Tragedy
Young American idealist killed by Indian rickshaw driver husbandBy Daily Mail Reporter Feb 21, 2014

Erin White & Bunty Sharma

A devoted American social worker has been stabbed to death by her Indian husband of five months – who then returned to their home and blew himself up. Erin Willinger, 35, a yoga teacher and psychologist from New York, was found dumped in a bush with multiple stab wounds to her face and body in the city of Agra on …

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India and Pakistan Talk, but Tensions Are HighBy DECLAN WALSH - The New York Times

Nawaz Sharif & Manmohan Singh at UN

LONDON, Sept 27 — The leaders of Pakistan and India held their first official meeting in New York on Sunday, leaving with renewed promises of mutual restraint in Kashmir but little real hope for a fresh start in relations. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan shook hands for the cameras at the Plaza …

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Secrets of the Thar DesertBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy

Peacock in Thar (Credit: Fayyaz Naich)

The secret to the spiritual tranquility of rural Sindh appears to emanate from deep inside the Tharparkar desert, that straddles the Indo Pak border. Although Hindus make up some 40 percent of the desert, their shrines and idols – as well as Jain temples, are as much a part of the landscape as the mosques for the majority Muslim populace. …

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Why Pakistan Celebrates Independence Day on Aug 14By Shubham Ghosh -

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Bangalore, Aug 14: The separate states of India and Pakistan were created at midnight on August 15, 1947. Yet while India celebrates that day as its independence day, Pakistan celebrates its independence day a day before. Why it is so?Reason 1:Pakistan’s first independence day was also celebrated on August 15 but later on it was advanced to August 14. One …

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Spoilers threaten Pakistan India Peace ProcessAP

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ISLAMABAD: Deadly violence over the last week along the disputed Kashmir border between Pakistan and India threatens to sabotage recent efforts by the nuclear-armed rivals to improve ties, illustrating how vulnerable the normalization process is to spoilers from both sides. The most dangerous of these potential spoilers are Islamic militants who have historically been nurtured by the Pakistani military to …

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India fumes after Sarabjit Singh dies in PakistanReuters

Sarabjit Singh

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, May 2- India reacted furiously to Thursday’s death in a Pakistani jail of convicted spy Sarabjit Singh, who was badly beaten last week by fellow inmates, the latest incident to strain relations between the neighbours. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought three wars since the partition of British-ruled India in 1947, although they began a peace process in …

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