The Story of terrible twins – Can there be meaningful Peace with India?

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A friend of mine started a discussion on our foreign policy the other day on Pakistanloversforum.com – the question he asked was pretty simple – peace with India but on what grounds? He invited me to take part in the discussion as well. What I said actually concluded that particular discussion and shut everyone up! :) By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Friend of mine started a discussion on our foreign policy the other day on Pakistanloversforum.com – the question he asked was pretty simple – peace with India but on what grounds? He invited me to take part in the discussion as well. What I said actually concluded that particular discussion and shut everyone up! 🙂


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I wrote on January 9th 2010, “In my opinion, there can be no meaningful peace between India and Pakistan – if that had been possible, Pakistan would not have been created to begin with. If you remember your history – Jinnah served in congress for years working on theory of “United India” before going the other way (creation of separate homeland for the Muslims)…he tried giving peace a chance then…furthermore, the situation with Kashmir was created because India didn’t want a fair division of assets as agreed in the partition agreement…what’s happening with Muslims in India – to be successful, you have to assimilate in the society…the most popular and successful Muslim in India is Shahrukh Khan – to be accepted in the society – he married a Hindu lady (it could have been a love match, but Muslim men actually are not allowed to marry women belonging to idolatrous religions according to their religion– they can only marry Jews or Christians and that too because they all believe in one God, the God of Abraham. So he has publicly gone against his God and religion). Bigotry and bias will always be there and therefore, discrimination…you watch the Indian movies…haven’t you ever noticed, the villains are usually played by Muslims? In fact, Shahrukh started his movie career as a villain too? Furthermore, in their movies, the villains and gang leaders always have Muslim names? There is no social justice for Muslims in non-Muslim lands – Jinnah recognized this reality eventually and therefore, started working towards a separate country for Muslims…

Kashmir is a big issue – on the face of it, in diplomatic language, it’s about the right of self-determination – India or Pakistan (no third option was discussed in the UN Resolution!); however, the underlying factor that’s causing the friction is about water rights – Kashmir contains the origins of our fresh water rivers…you know glaciers and stuff. India doesn’t want you to have it. You are not going to give up on it – your survival depends on it…so stalemate-know what I mean?”

There the matter rested for me…and then out of the blue, yesterday (Jan 14th 2010), a young friend of mine (she’s still in university) sent me her random thoughts about the peace process, what our youth thinks about it (her contemporaries), the bigotry, hatred and lack of tolerance displayed by her friends for India and people of other religions. That got me thinking…Do I hate India? Am I a closet bigot? Am I intolerant about people of other religions?

I don’t think I hate India. In fact, I don’t think I ever did even in my youth. When I worked in one multinational organization with home office in New York – the Indian office used to be the regional headquarters and Pakistan liaison office actually reported to her. Our boss was a Sikh. We had a very good working relationship with him. We had great fun communicating one-to-one with our Indian counterparts. However, there was still friendly rivalry. (The same kind of rivalry that we display over our cricket teams – we hate losing to India, they hate losing to us).  We would do our best to get orders placed in Pakistan and they would do their best to get them placed in India.

When I moved on to a Hong Kong based multinational company, I noticed our home office preferred Indians to us. There was no special hatred; just a preference and they preferred Hong Kong or the off-shore Orient to India. Again, there was no special hatred; just a natural preference. I remember my boss was actually best friends with the Indian country manager. She even visited Pakistan once. We took her around, threw a special party for her. Everyone had a good time. There was no hatred. She was very nice to us; we were very nice to her. We preferred her to our Hong Kong counterparts – (we had more in common with her than with our Hong Kong counterparts so it was actually quite natural). However, since she was better friends with our home office managers and more vocal, she managed to create a lot of friction behind the scenes (which was also natural). A lot of our orders got transferred to her region. Since she could understand Urdu, she quoted a lot of stuff out of context and made general trouble. It was naïve of us to actually think she wouldn’t use underhand tactics to undermine us. We were stupid. That doesn’t mean I started hating Indians suddenly.  Just because we are conditioned to play fair, doesn’t mean our competitors have to also – you know, as they say it’s all fair in love and war. However, it taught me something – people prefer working with people they can like, understand or communicate with. Unfortunately, differences divide. Similarities bring people together. The more similar you are; the closer your bond and the better your relationship.

Not that there ended my cultural exchange with Indians. I also had to deal with a few apparel factories in Middle East; a lot of their staff was Indian as well. Again, we had a pretty good working relationship with them. At another job, one of my buyers was an American born Indian. I got on well with her. I never got any hate vibe or felt in any way discriminated against. When I was working on Tkfr issue 13 back in 2005, I remember I contacted a few of Indian designers over the net…Tarun Tahiliani, Geisha Designs and Satya Paul were very nice to me, in fact, they were way over nicer than all the local designers put together! They sent me high resolution photographs of their work, gave me exclusive stuff to quote in my magazine and were very friendly and businesslike. All in all, it was a good experience there too.

As far as people of other religions are concerned – I don’t consider myself a bigot there either. Yes, two of my friends and former business colleagues are Christians. We have broken bread together, laughed together and worked together. Our differences, if any, have never been on religious grounds anyway but purely on professional grounds. I have couple of friends in USA as well, I am not even sure if they are Jewish or Christian, the question never came up…we exchange an occasional email every three years to say hi. I still have fond memories of them. I treasure the book one of them sent me over one Christmas, a compilation of short stories by writers from her home town in Minnesota because she knew even back in those days that I wrote and she wanted to encourage me.

People are people. They smile, they cry, they eat, they sleep, they talk, normal every day human activity. It’s universal and forms a common bond between humanity. What divides us is not any individual behavior but collective behavior – so it’s never personal. On individual one-to-one basis, we simply can’t hate a fellow human being, especially if they are a total stranger! You have to know someone deeply to feel hatred for them. Hatred unfortunately, can never be in the abstract. It’s not an intellectual exercise but about a feeling. So am I disturbed about the fact that my friend is disturbed about the growing feeling of hatred she sees in her contemporaries for the Indians?

No, I am not. Not because we are intolerant people. Simply because when we are young, we are more idealistic and intellectual ideals matter to us a lot plus youth is always hot blooded, more vocal and more emotional.  With maturity, you cool down and learn to separate facts from feelings and look at things they way they are instead of what they ought to be and you learn to tolerate the reality while you stick to your ideals. It’s as simple as that. By the way, I don’t see a lot of Pakistanis over the net putting fighting talk on public forums, but I do see a lot of Indians expressing their contempt for Pakistan on them.  Try CNN sometime or BBC. Most of young Pakistanis are all talk and no action so no, I am not worried.

So back to the real question, can there be peace between India and Pakistan? Yes, if both parties want peace and can arrive at equitable solution. However, talk will not do it. You have to put your money where your mouth is – unfortunately, Indian government’s actions and their words contradict each other. They keep saying they are for peace but they keep preparing for war. So obviously, since Pakistan has a policy of tit-for-tat, you have to keep a minimum deterrence in place to avoid an outright war. Is it fair? No, it’s not. But then, that’s life.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

406 Comments

  1. Sadiakhanum says:

    You are so right!. I think it is more of the thinking that we hate not a person or a nation. But I really worry more about those who take “aman kee asha” type approaches very seriously and on their face value. Amitabh read some words and whole groups of students say “see they don’t war”. Nobody sees the real face of hypocrisy.

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  2. Aarzoo says:

    hey,
    A very interesting read! I completely agree with you about the youth being emotional and all that, but the way they are blinded by these emotions sometimes makes me think ‘what if they dont grow out of it?’

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  3. A news item in The News today…

    Water situation

    Saturday, January 16, 2010
    By By Our Correspondent
    LAHORE

    WATER outflow from the Mangla Dam has come down to zero and the outflow from the other main reservoirs has also decreased to the minimum level owing to frozens glaciers and the closure of the canals for desilting.

    According to a report issued by Wapda here on Friday, the mean inflow of the River Jhelum at Mangla is 6,700 cusecs. The mean inflow of the River Indus at Tarbela Dam is 13,300 cusecs against an outflow of 8,000 cusecs. The inflow of the Indus at Chashma is 22,000 cusecs against an outflow of 24,300 cusecs. The inflow of the River Kabul at Nowshera is 10,500 cusecs against the same outflow.

    The current level of the water at Tarbela is 1,423 feet with a live storage of .983MAF (million acre feet). The water level at Mangla is 1,081 feet with a live storage of .388MAF.

    The water level at Chashma is 645 feet with a live storage of 0.131MAF.

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  4. Aarzoo,
    Do you want me to post your article on Tkfr.com? The one that forced me to think some more about this issue?

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  5. More Reading on the topic?

    Kashmir: Tracing Indian legitimacy
    Dr Raja M Khan

    The misfortune of Kashmiris can be imagined from a verse of the great poet and philosopher, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal who while describing their helplessness said; “each hill, each garden, field, each farmer too they sold. A nation for a price that makes my blood ice cold”. This indeed was the reference towards the infamous Kashmir Sale Deed of 1846. Thereafter, Dogra Rule continued over Kashmiris unabated until 1947. In 1919, from the platform of the Reading Room Party, Kashmiris tried to wakeup but had to face 1931 massacre. While the dream was converting into the reality for the formation of first ideological Muslim state in the world, Kashmiri too thought to become its part. However, the misfortune had them once again. While they were celebrating the independence with rest of Pakistan, it was learnt that against their wishes, that the Maharaja of Kashmir has not acceded with their dreamland (Pakistan).
    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=15189

    BBC News Summary 1947-2001
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/south_asia/2002/india_pakistan/timeline/default.stm

    Indian General Kapoor’s statement that triggered Pakistan and China meeting to discuss joint strategy and US officials visiting Pakistan in panic to calm disturbed waters…

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/search?cx=partner-pub-8258178831251847%3Az3hcmr-tplu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=general+kapoor's+statement&siteurl=www.dawn.com%252F#1331

    and

    Dawn  —  Patterson terms remarks of Indian Army Chief as ‘silly’
    Fri day, 08 Jan, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-patterson-terms-remarks-of-indian-army-chief-as-silly-rs-01

    and

    Sino-Pak talks on joint strategy to meet challenges
    By Iftikhar Ahmed Khan
    Mon day, 11 Jan, 2010
    reported in Dawn
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-sinopak-talks-on-joint-strategy-to-meet-challenges – bi-11

    and

    You might find this article interesting too — it appeared in Times of India. Check out the overall tone and the underlying contempt…

    US-Pakistan bickering gets ugly as ISI fingers American diplomats
    Chi danand Rajghatta, TNN, 9 Jan u ary 2010, 01:14am IST
    WASHINGTON: The wheels seem to be coming off US-Pakistan relations with the once close allies squab­bling publicly even as Islamabad is whipping up hysteria over the so-called Indian threats and American machinations to weasel out of its obligation to combat home-grown terrorism.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Pakistan-bickering-gets-ugly-as-ISI-fingers-American-diplomats/articleshow/5425688.cms

    and

    Pakistan warns India against hegemonistic mind set
    By Iftikhar A. Khan; Thurs day, 14 Jan, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan warned India on Wednesday against its relentless pursuit of military preponderance and said it would have severe consequences for peace and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-pakistan-warns-india-against-hegemonistic-mindset-hs-07

    and

    India wants to have peaceful relations with Pak and China: Indian Army chief
    Jan 16th 2010 — The Nation
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/16-Jan-2010/India-wants-to-have-peaceful-relations-with-Pak-and-China-Indian-Army-chief

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  6. Jan 18th 2010 – Monday

    US Afghan envoy: India-Pakistan detente
    Published on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:46 | Updated at Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 16:37 | Source : Reuters

    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/us-afghan-envoy-india-pakistan-detente-_436273.html

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  7. Jan 19th 2010 – Tuesday…

    Gates calls for closer defense ties to India

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/19/AR2010011900045.html

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  8. fareeha says:

    Gates Says Al Qaeda Seeks to Trig­ger India-Pakistan War

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704320104575014752587809016.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

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  9. Gates: Al-Qaeda has assembled a ‘syndicate’ of terror groups
    By Craig Whit lock
    Washing ton Post Foreign Service
    Wednes day, Jan u ary 20, 2010; 10:28 AM
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012001575.html

    Al Qaeda can trigger Indo-Pak war: Gates
    * US defence secretary says India’s patience will be limited if there is a repeat of 26/11
    * Says he will allay Pak concerns to allow it to focus on war against terror
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\21\story_21-1-2010_pg1_1

    Gates vows closer ties, says Pakistan must fight extremists
    The defense secretary says the U.S.-Pakistan relationship will be long-term, but Islamabad must fight all militant groups — not pick and choose.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-gates-pakistan22-2010jan22,0,7719578.story

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  10. fareeha says:

    India ‘impatient’ for Pakistan to dismantle terror network: Antony

    Indo-Asian News Service
    New Delhi, January 21, 2010
    First Published: 17:47 IST(21/1/2010)
    Last Updated: 17:51 IST(21/1/2010)

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-impatient-for-Pakistan-to-dismantle-terror-network-Antony/H1-Article1-500160.aspx

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  11. Dawn Editorial – Jan 22nd, 2010

    Mutual failure
    Maybe he was playing to an Indian audience and saying what it wanted to hear. The true import of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates’s recent statements in New Delhi will be known only after assessing the remarks he makes during the Pakistani leg of his ongoing South Asian tour.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-mutual-failure-hh-02

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  12. No guarantee against repeat of Mumbai-like attacks, Gates told
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed and Iftikhar A. Khan
    Friday, 22 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government said on Thursday it could not guarantee against repeat of 26/11 like attacks in India and the best safeguard against such strikes was de-linking of peace process from action against terrorism and the Kashmir and water disputes.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-gates-warns-of-militant-havens-ahead-of-pakistan-visit-ss-02

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  13. Jan 23rd 2010 – Saturday –
    Get ready for an incident in India – someone will be staging some kind of incident and will be blaming Pakistan…I guess, this is the only way they can contain their populations, by starting a war and killing innocent people!

    Check this out…

    India Sees Terrorism Threats
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703699204575018261016131460.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    India issues terrorism alert over hijack threat
    * Intelligence officials claim uncovering plot by Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba
    NEW DELHI: India put its airports and national carriers on high security alert on Friday following intelligence reports that Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LT) has acquired 50 paragliding kits and is plotting to hijack an Indian plane.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\23\story_23-1-2010_pg7_2

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  14. fareeha says:

    Why Kashmir is no more a core issue
    By Tayyab Siddiqui
    Sunday, 24 Jan, 2010

    January 5 was celebrated by Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control, as the Right to Self Determination Day to commemorate the adoption of UNSC resolution on this day in 1949 granting Kashmiris the right to determine their own future. The day is also a sad reminder of Kashmiris not having been given their inalienable rights after more than six decades. In Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) the day was solemnly observed at the call of Mir Waiz Umer Farooq, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-kashmir-as-issue-qs-01

    Gates faces lingering issues in India-Pakistan push
    Published on Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 11:08 | Updated at Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 16:46 | Source : Reuters
    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/politics/gates-faces-lingering-issuesindia-pakistan-push_437654.html

    Factbox: The growing India-Pakistan rivalry in Afghanistan
    Published on Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 15:49 | Updated at Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 16:25 | Source : Reuters
    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/factbox-the-growing-india-pakistan-rivalryafghanistan_437690.html

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  15. Jan 27th 2010 – Wednesday –

    US urges India, Pakistan to avoid public disputes
    By Our Correspondent
    Wednesday, 27 Jan, 2010

    WASHINGTON: In a gathering that included senior Pakistani and Indian military officials, the US military chief urged all senior officers in attendance to avoid the kind of public disputes that have hurt regional relations in the past.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-us-urges-india,-pakistan-to-avoid-public-disputes-hs-08

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  16. Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Indian envoy summoned over Sialkot border firing incident
    Daily Times Monitor

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday night responded to unprovoked Indian firing and shelling at the Bajwat Sector in Sialkot district, while the Foreign Office summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and protested the firing incident and the violation of the border truce, a private news channel reported.

    The channel quoted officials as saying that a flag meeting had been called together to register a protest with India.

    The channel reported that some shells fired from the Indian side also fell in some villages, which triggered fear in the area and people came out of their houses. Muhammad Naeem, a Rangers spokesman, told the channel that the Indian forces had fired mortar shells.

    Another channel reported that the Indian troops opened fire at Pakistani soldiers from Alfa Mashal, Beli Azmant and Ghani Chator checkposts, but no casualties took place.

    This is the third time that Indian troops have violated the truce during the last eight days.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20101\27\story_27-1-2010_pg7_5

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  17. The other side of the divide – you might find this interesting…

    This started me thinking …
    Can assumptions become facts? (Without verification, of course.) Is there a difference between perception and reality? Separating fact from fiction is an important goal but a tough thing to do when the language is diplomacy – (where ‘maybe’ means ‘no,’ ‘yes’ actually means ‘maybe’ and ‘no’ doesn’t even exist!) Plain speaking is the choice of the truthful, however, politics by its very nature is not a truthful profession. In other words, world leaders are expected to lie. Isn’t pursuit of truth important anymore?

    Talk to Pakistan, says 26/11 inquiry committee member
    Siddharth Varadarajan
    ‘It will help marginalise the terrorists responsible for the incident’
    India must be mature rather than “prickly” in its diplomacy

    India should avoid over-reacting to insignificant pronouncements from across the border

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/28/stories/2010012854401000.htm

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  18. Jan 29th 2010 – Friday –

    Pakistan, India must not be held hostage to 26/11: Gilani

    * PM says both countries should hold composite dialogue
    * Soil of neither country should be used against the other
    * Stresses need for people-to-people contact at all levels
    * India should not bracket terror groups with Pak govt
    * Islamabad needs more material on Mumbai attacks
    * Pakistan convinced about India’s involvement in Balochistan unrest

    ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Pakistan and India must not be held “hostage to one incident” – the Mumbai terror attacks – and should hold composite dialogue, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Thursday.

    In an interview with India’s CNN-IBN TV channel, the prime minister said, “A billion people should not be made hostage to one incident. If we are hostage to one incident, then the beneficiaries are terrorists and therefore we should move ahead.”

    Soil: Gilani said he believed that the soil of neither India nor Pakistan should be used against the other country, adding that composite dialogue was the only solution to all bilateral problems.

    “Things are stuck with the Mumbai incident, and the matter is sub judice … Certainly we condemn terrorism and we always believe that neither Pakistan’s nor India’s soil should be used against each other. We are the victims of terrorism and we are fighting the war on terrorism… I think composite dialogue is the only answer… We are both responsible nations… we can only move forward … we cannot afford war… The people are very poor and we have to watch their interests as well. And the only way forward is talks,” he said to a question.

    To a question about relations between India and Pakistan, the prime minister said he had a “very good meeting” with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh. It stalled only because of Indian public pressure and parliament.

    Prime Minister Gilani expressed hope that Pakistan and India would talk to each other in 2010.

    “I believe politics is a day-to-day affair, and I certainly hope we will move forward for a composite dialogue.”

    On outrage in Pakistan against its cricketers being “snubbed” by the Indian Premier League, Gilani said, “I think it is the mood of parliament, the mood of the public and we have to follow their point of view as well.”

    Contact: Gilani said the two countries needed people-to-people contact at all levels. “Recently the speaker of the National Assembly visited India and she had an excellent meeting with the speaker in India. They discussed about more interaction with parliamentarians. That would really help defuse the situation,” he said.

    Terror groups: Answering a question, he asked India not to bracket terror groups with the government of Pakistan.

    “If you have information it is better to share [it] with us so that we can jointly resolve the issue,” Gilani said.

    Pakistan had asked for further information on the Mumbai attack suspects so that “we should strengthen the case”, Gilani said, adding, “We’ve already registered the case, the matter is sub judice before the High Court, and if more material is given to us and more sharing is done with us, it will definitely help us”.

    “We’re extremely serious that it should be taken to justice and further information is shared with the Ministry of Interior. That would help us.”

    To a question about Jamaatud Dawa head Hafiz Saeed, Gilani said “We need more evidence to put him to task.”

    Unrest: To another question, he said he was convinced that India was involved in the unrest in Balochistan.

    Denying Pakistan’s involvement in the recent violence in Indian-held Kashmir, the prime minister said, “We’re too busy in our own matters. We want a resolution of the Kashmir dispute.” app/daily times monitor

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20101\29\story_29-1-2010_pg7_11

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  19. Jan 29th 2010 – Friday –

    Backtracking on the IPL
    POSTED BY SOHAIB ALVI ON 01 27TH, 2010 | COMMENTS (44)
    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/01/27/backtracking-on-the-ipl/

    Anger sans reason
    By I.A. Rehman
    Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010

    One wonders as to how long it will take India and Pakistan to start regretting their part in the affair of the so-called Indian Premier League’s snub to Pakistani cricketers, for neither party can claim to have reason on its side.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-i-a-rehman-anger-sans-reason-810-zj-06

    Sound advice
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010
    “ANY kind of public accusations or public finger-pointing, quite frankly, that does not serve any of us well. That doesn’t mean we won’t have disagreements. But I hope that we can do that privately, and not publicly.” We could not agree more with Adm Mike Mullen and urge Pakistani, Indian and American officials to take note of his comments.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/19-sound-advice-hh-01

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  20. fareeha says:

    India for measured contact with Pak, but no composite dialogue

    Press Trust Of India
    New Delhi, January 29, 2010
    First Published: 18:13 IST(29/1/2010)
    Last Updated: 18:27 IST(29/1/2010)

    India on Friday favoured a “measured contact” with Pakistan but ruled out the resumption of the composite dialogue at this stage.

    Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s suggestion for the resumption of dialogue, stalled after the Mumbai attacks, highly-placed sources in New Delhi said the atmosphere is not conducive for restarting talks as Pakistan needs to pay “serious attention” in addressing India’s concerns over terrorism emanating from its soil.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-for-measured-contact-with-Pak-but-no-composite-dialogue/H1-Article1-503091.aspx

    Chidambaram likely to visit Pakistan
    29 Jan 2010, 1751 hrs IST, ET Bureau
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Chidambaram-likely-to-visit-Pakistan/articleshow/5513807.cms

    ‘We have given so much evidence to Pak that even an SHO can start a probe’
    TOI Crest, 30 January 2010, 11:14am IST
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/We-have-given-so-much-evidence-to-Pak-that-even-an-SHO-can-start-a-probe-/articleshow/5516326.cms

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  21. ‘Time ripe for India, Pak to negotiate new nuclear risk reduction measures’
    Sunday, January 31, 2010,11:14 [IST]

    New Delhi, Jan.31 (ANI): A South Asian expert has said that while tension continues to remain between India and Pakistan, time is ripe for both countries to negotiate new nuclear risk reduction measures before extremists push the two neighbors to war again.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/01/31/timeripe-for-india-pak-to-negotiate-new-nuclear-riskredu.html

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  22. India, Pak cannot afford war : PML-Q Secretary-General
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010,9:02 [IST

    Lahore, Feb.2 (ANI): Stressing on the need for resumption of stalled Indo-Pak bilateral talks on all outstanding issues, Pakistan Muslim League- Q (PML-Q) Secretary-General Mushahid Husain Syed has said both countries cannot afford a war.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/02/indiapak-cannot-afford-war-pml-q-secretarygeneral.html

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  23. Tough on the peace lobby
    By Kuldip Nayar
    Friday, 29 Jan, 2010

    From President Barack Obama to US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, the one message that is being drilled is that terrorism can destabilise the countries in South Asia.

    People and governments in the region do not have to be warned against the obvious. America has seldom admitted its own nefarious role. Washington decided several years ago to train and arm militants to bleed the Soviet Union during the Cold War, creating a bulwark of fundamentalism to defeat communism. The result is that the fire of bigotry which the US ignited is consuming stable and democratic forces.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-kuldip-nayar-tough-on-the-peace-lobby-910-zj-10

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  24. fareeha says:

    India sabotaging peace in Balochistan: Mukhtar
    Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010

    RAWALPINDI: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said on Wednesday that India is involved in sabotaging peace and creating trouble and instability in Balochistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-india-sabotaging-peace-in-balochistan-mukhtar-ss-06

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  25. fareeha says:

    Pakistan cannot ignore aggressive Indian strategy: Kayani
    Thursday February 04, 2010 (1048 PST)

    RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the Indian “Cold Start Strategy” is an aggressive strategy and Pakistan cannot close its eyes towards it. He was briefing media men and anchorpersons on Wednesday.

    “It is a wrong allegation against Pakistan that it has indulged in a double game,” he said adding the casualties of Nato and allied forces in the war on terror were 1,582 during eight years while in one year alone, 2,273 officers and Jawans of Pakistan Army were killed and 6,512 were injured, he underlined.

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?224192

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  26. fareeha says:

    US rules out mediation on Kashmir
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Washington, February 04, 2010
    First Published: 11:13 IST(4/2/2010)
    Last Updated: 11:14 IST(4/2/2010)

    The United States has made it clear it would not mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue but would “applaud and encourage” anything they do to reduce tensions or improve relations.

    “On the specific you talked about, we are not going to negotiate or mediate on that issue and I’m going to try to keep my record and not even mention it by name,” Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told reporters on Wednesday.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/americas/US-rules-out-mediation-on-Kashmir/Article1-505089.aspx

    India-Pakistan conflict a dilemma for US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 05 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: A major dilemma for the United States in Afghanistan is to reconcile the conflicting security interests of countries like India and Pakistan, says a senior US official.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-holbrooke-on-afghan-stability-indiapakistan-conflict-a-dilemma-for-us-520–bi-11

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  27. fareeha says:

    India offers to resume talks with Pakistan
    India has offered to resume official talks with Pakistan that were suspended after the bomb attacks on Mumbai (Bombay) in 2008.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8498556.stm

    A Year After Mumbai, India Offers to Talk With Pakistan
    By LYDIA POLGREEN
    Published: February 4, 2010

    NEW DELHI — India has proposed high-level talks with Pakistan, the first of their kind since the attack on Mumbai by Pakistani militants in November 2008, but officials in Pakistan have not yet accepted the invitation and are seeking clarification about what will be up for discussion.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/world/asia/05india.html

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  28. fareeha says:

    Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir remains unchanged: PM
    Thursday, 04 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan’s principled stance on the Kashmir issue remains unchanged and the government will continue extending its political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-pakistans-stance-on-kashmir-remains-unchanged-pm-ss-07

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  29. fareeha says:

    Pakistani Army will remain India-centric: Kayani
    4 Feb 2010, 1921 hrs IST, IANS

    RAWALPINDI: The Pakistani Army will remain “India-centric” until the Kashmir issue and water disputes are resolved, its chief, Gen Ashfaq Parvez
    Kayani, says.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Pakistani-Army-will-remain-India-centric-Kayani/articleshow/5535827.cms

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  30. fareeha says:

    US welcomes Indian offer of talks with Pakistan
    The Obama Administration on Friday welcomed the Indian proposal to hold talks with Pakistan at the level of Foreign Secretary.

    “This is a welcome move,” the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P.J. Crowley, told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/article101051.ece?homepage=true

    India ends chill, calls Pak to talks
    Jayanth Jacob , Hindustan Times
    Email Author
    New Delhi, February 04, 2010
    India has proposed foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, signalling the resumption of a dialogue that stalled after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. This is being seen as UPA II’s most important foreign policy initiative.

    With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again deciding to go the extra mile and Shivshankar Menon, a tested Pakistan hand who shares Singh’s views on dialogue, as national security advisor, highly placed government sources said: “India will enter discussions with an open as well as positive mind.”
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/newdelhi/India-ends-chill-calls-Pakistan-to-talks/505467/H1-Article1-505192.aspx

    Highs and lows in Pakistan-India ties
    Published on Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 09:05 | Updated at Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 11:26 | Source : Reuters
    India has offered to hold official-level talks with Pakistan, a top Indian government official said on Thursday, signalling a return to bilateral dialogue suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

    Following are some of the highs and lows in relations between the neighbours:

    1947 – Britain divides its Indian empire into secular but mainly Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, triggering one of the greatest and bloodiest migrations of modern history.

    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/highslowspakistan-india-ties_440066.html

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  31. India changes tune; offers high-level talks
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Friday, 05 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said on Thursday it had sought clarification from New Delhi of its proposal for talks at the level of foreign secretaries.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-offers-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan-qs-09

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  32. fareeha says:

    Pak wants dialogue with India on Kashmir, other bilateral issues: Envoy
    Friday, February 5, 2010,16:48 [IST]
    New Delhi, Feb 5(ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik on Friday met Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and said that Pakistan wants Kashmir and other bilateral issues to be included in dialogue with India.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/05/pakwants-dialogue-with-india-on-kashmir-otherbilat.html

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  33. fareeha says:

    Officials meet to set agenda of Pak-India talks
    Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Indian and Pakistani officials met here on Friday to decide the agenda for high-level bilateral talks proposed by India over a year after the terror attacks on Mumbai.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-officials-meet-to-set-agenda-of-pakindia-talks-620–bi-08

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  34. fareeha says:

    Pak-India talks to stabilise region: US
    By Our Correspondent
    Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010
    WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed the Indian offer to resume talks with Pakistan, saying that dialogue between South Asia’s two nuclear neighbours would help bring stability to the entire region.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-us-says-talks-to-stabilise-region-hs-10

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  35. Population dispersion will make India a Superpower:

    Let us accept the hard truths.
    We are seriously overpopulated with 1.2 billion and growing alarmingly at 30 million per year.
    We do NOT have enough to feed everyone.
    Our well qualified middle class dreams USA and the lesser qualified one dreams Gulf jobs.
    We will NEVER be able to utilise our skilled/unskilled surplus manpower
    The best product we have ready for export is INDIAN.
    US/UK/Australia/Europe needs only our high end manpower. We give more for the west than we could gain, end of the day.
    There is a silent aversion growing against Indians in the west and one can not deny that we are being perceived as “job snatchers” and competitors for the locals.

    The Mulsim world:

    The entire Muslim world loves and respects Indians. Even majority Pakistanis respect Indians and love Indian films, despite the hostility between the 2 nations.
    We have world’s largest Muslim population of 250 million.
    We have strong cultural ties with the Muslim world and Indian subcontinent(India+Pakistan+B’Desh+Afghanistan) is home for 650 million, 40% of world’s Muslim population.
    The Gulf infrastructure was built mainly by Indo-Pak manpower. The Gulf leadership recognises that Indo-Pak manpower is critical for the economy and regional stabilty.
    Today, around 6 million Indians, out of which more than 5 million Hindus, are working and living in Gulf peacefully with other nationalities.
    There are 55 Islamic nations and the entire Muslim world stands isolated in world arena because of Islamophobia.
    India is the only country which has created respectable Muslim voices and heroes of international stature.
    Indian Muslims have gone through a lot and today they have acquired the political and social skills to coexist peacefully in a multicultural, multireligious society.

    Most of the Muslim countries have enormous resources but very low population and skilled manpower. India is overflowing with skilled/unskilled manpower in all sectors. We need to create around 20 million jobs every year to avoid social unrest and disaster. Do we have enough resources to feed everyone?.

    We are seriously overpopulated and we will NEVER be able to grow with this huge burden. It’s a threat for our survival. We need to create opportunity for atleast 50% of our population outside India. Muslim world alone can utilise this surplus manpower.

    Let us bury the past and forget 1947. Time to abandon our outdated policies.

    Indo-Pak-Gulf joint leadership can create millions of jobs in the Muslim world. Win-win solution.

    Destiny of India is Muslim world and the destiny of Muslim world is India.

    Population dispersion is the only answer. Otherwise the ship will sink.

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  36. fareeha says:

    ‘Dark forces’ in Pakistan won’t succeed: Chidambaram
    Indo-Asian News Service
    New Delhi, February 07, 2010
    First Published: 10:36 IST(7/2/2010)
    Last Updated: 10:42 IST(7/2/2010)

    Terming militant groups in Pakistan as “dark forces”, Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday said New Delhi was watching the activities of terror outfits in Pakistani Kashmir but stressed they won’t succeed in their anti-India designs.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/newdelhi/Dark-forces-in-Pakistan-won-t-succeed-Chidambaram/506385/H1-Article1-506239.aspx

    Pakistani terror groups, insurgencies will be defeated: India
    IANS, 7 February 2010, 08:01pm IST

    NEW DELHI: India on Sunday declared that attempts by Pakistani terror groups to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir would be put down with a firm hand, as would the multiple threats posed by leftwing extremism and insurgencies in the northeast.

    Addressing chief ministers on internal security for the third time after the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai that killed 166 people, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P.Chidambaram said that terror groups operating from across the border would be defeated.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-terror-groups-insurgencies-will-be-defeated-India/articleshow/5545734.cms

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  37. fareeha says:

    India asked to stop rights violations in Kashmir
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: As the Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed across Pakistan and in Azad Kashmir, India was asked on Friday to stop its blatant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and reciprocate the efforts made by Pakistan for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-india-asked-to-stop-rights-violations-in-kashmir-620–bi-07

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  38. India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III missile
    Sunday, 07 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: India again successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile Sunday that can hit targets across much of Asia and the Middle East, a defense ministry statement said.

    It was the fourth test of the Agni III missile, the statement added. The first attempt in 2006 failed, but last two tests were successful.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-india-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-iii-missile-ha-01

    India, Pakistan ready to re-launch peace talks
    Sunday, 07 Feb, 2010
    KARACHI: In an ice-breaking session, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Pakistani High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik met to discuss the possibility of foreign secretary-level talks, indicating that New Delhi is ready to discuss all bilateral issues concerning the two countries. However, the dates for the talks between the two foreign secretaries has not yet been finalised.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/18-india-wanted-to-isolate-pakistan-diplomatically-am-03

    A thaw in relations?
    Dawn Editorial
    Sunday, 07 Feb, 2010
    In a surprise move, the Indian government has indicated a willingness to improve strained ties with Pakistan and go beyond the one-point agenda it has clung to since the Mumbai attacks, i.e. that Pakistan must shut down the terror infrastructure on its soil that allegedly poses a direct threat to India.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-a-thaw-in-relations-hh-07

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  39. Pak to discuss India’s offer at inter-ministerial meeting
    Pakistan will hold high-level discussions here on Wednesday to discuss India’s offer for Foreign Secretary-level talks amid its insistence that such a meeting should lead to the full-fledged resumption of the composite dialogue.

    Pakistan is in a dilemma over the Indian offer of talks which is confined to discuss terrorism and is in the process of formulating a response.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article103593.ece

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  40. I agree with Beckett, even though, he didn’t exactly say it but I get the feeling too – this was too easy…as soon as the dates are announced, some independent contractors hired by God knows who will stage a horror show in India and again, Pakistan will be framed as the culprit. Never mind, the dumb blond (read Pakistan) will again take it at face value – the offer of these peace talks from India. hmm

    India vs. Pakistan or India and Pakistan?
    By PAUL BECKETT

    So, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are going to meet next week to talk about talking. This is most welcome news, as posited in last week’s article.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126577239141343677.html

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  41. Advani expresses surprise over ‘sudden move’ for India-Pak talks

    Expressing surprise at the “sudden” move for talks with Pakistan, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani on Thursday said the principle issue is terrorism and talks should not be held unless the terror infrastructure in the neighbouring country is dismantled.

    The main Opposition party will raise this issue along with the sensitive issue of price rise during the forthcoming budget session of Parliament, he added.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article105136.ece

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  42. The Road to Kabul Runs Through Kashmir
    By Jonathan Tepperman | NEWSWEEK
    Published Feb 11, 2010
    From the magazine issue dated Feb 22, 2010

    Sometime in the last year, secret back-channel talks between India and Pakistan over Kashmir restarted, say U.S. and Indian sources. The countries last held such talks under Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and were reportedly on the verge of a breakthrough when Musharraf was ousted in August 2008. Then the Mumbai terror attacks that November badly frayed relations. For negotiations to resume now—open talks are also being discussed—would represent a huge boon for the region.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/233419

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  43. ‘Pakistan ready for talks, but not on pre-conditions’
    Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday reiterated that Pakistan was ready for talks with India but not on pre-conditions.

    Pakistan would like the process of engagement leading to the resumption of the composite dialogue, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-pakistan-india-talks-fo-qs-09

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  44. India, Pakistan to resume talks on Feb 25
    By Nasir Jaffry (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and India will soon hold their first official talks since the Mumbai attacks, Islamabad announced on Friday, in a move seen as a significant bid to ease regional tensions.

    “It was decided that foreign secretary level talks between the two countries would be held on February 25 in New Delhi,” the Pakistani government announced.

    There was no immediate confirmation of the talks from New Delhi, which last week initiated hopes of a thaw in relations since the 2008 Mumbai attacks by proposing talks between the countries’ top foreign ministry officials.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iVRaV8MwLKH7vdiIVWDz3cr2thjg

    ‘Date set’ for India-Pakistan envoys to resume talks
    Top diplomats from India and Pakistan are to meet for talks in the Indian capital, Delhi, on 25 February, the office of Pakistan’s PM has announced.

    India had offered to resume official talks with Pakistan earlier this month.

    Delhi had suspended a slow-moving peace process with Pakistan after the deadly attacks in the city of Mumbai in 2008.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8512232.stm

    Pakistan, India foreign secretaries to meet on Feb 25
    Friday, 12 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: The foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet for talks in New Delhi on February 25, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-pak-india-sec-talks-feb-25-qs-08

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  45. ‘Pakistan wants result-oriented talks with India’
    Saturday, 13 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Good relations between Pakistan and India are vital for fighting militancy, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday, as the old rivals prepare for their first official talks since the Mumbai attack.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-zardari-indopak-relations-qs-16

    India-Pakistan talks good for region, says US
    By Our Correspondent
    Saturday, 13 Feb, 2010
    WASHINGTON: Better relations between India and Pakistan will also help US-backed efforts to improve security in South Asia, says the State Department.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-indiapakistan-talks-good-for-region%2C-says-us-320-rs-06

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  46. OMG! a ‘backpack’ and a bomb attack in India…it figures! The writing was on the wall already. It was too easy – this offer of peace talks. I wonder how many bombings are planned to get the pressure back on Pakistan and off India?

    Nine people dead as bomb attack threatens Indo-Pakistan talks
    SALIL PANCHAL
    February 15, 2010

    PUNE: A bomb has ripped through a restaurant popular with tourists in the western Indian city of Pune, killing nine people and casting a shadow over the resumption of Indo-Pakistan peace talks.

    The Indian Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai, said earlier reports that a foreigner was among the dead had yet to be confirmed, but added that four Iranians, two Sudanese, one Taiwanese, one German and two Nepalese were among the 57 people injured.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/nine-people-dead-as-bomb-attack-threatens-indopakistan-talks-20100214-nzew.html

    India terrorist attack throws spotlight back on IPL security
    JAMIE PANDARAM
    February 15, 2010

    A DEADLY terrorist attack in the Indian city of Pune has heightened security fears for Australia’s cricketers as the Indian Premier League approaches.

    Nine people were killed and up to 57 injured in the blast at a tourist eatery in the first terrorist act in India since the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, following a fortnight of upgraded reports of threats.
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/india-terrorist-attack-throws-spotlight-back-on-ipl-security-20100214-nzjo.html

    From Times Online
    February 14, 2010
    After Pune attack Indians ask again: was David Headley involved?

    The attack on Pune will again raise questions over the role of David Coleman Headley, an American who went from being a American government informer to an alleged reconnaissance agent for the group that carried out the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

    Mr Headley, 49, had visited the area of Pune devastated by Saturday’s blast at least twice while checking out potential terrorist targets – most recently in March 2009 – Indian officials allege.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7026599.ece

    Pune blast exposes India ‘U-turn’ on Pakistan talks: BJP
    Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010
    NEW DELHI: India’s main opposition party said Sunday that a bomb blast at a restaurant in the western city of Pune left “the whole nation” questioning the government’s decision to resume talks with Pakistan.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-pune-blast-exposes-india-u-turn-on-pakistan-talks-bjp-ss-05

    PM Gilani condemns India bomb blast
    Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister condemned on Sunday a bomb blast that killed nine people in India, and stressed his commitment to resuming stalled peace talks between the two countries.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-pm-gilani-condemns-india-bomb-blast-ss-08

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  47. Police study video for attackers of Indian bakery

    By JIJA PUROHIT (AP) – 2 hours ago

    PUNE, India — Indian investigators examined security camera footage Monday as they tried to identify who planted a deadly bomb in a bakery popular with foreigners.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday night that killed nine people in the city of Pune, 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Mumbai. Suspicions, however, quickly fell on Islamic militant groups blamed for past attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre when Pakistan-based militants ran amok in the country’s financial hub.

    Officials said one or two people posing as customers left a backpack containing a bomb in the German Bakery. In addition to the nine deaths, 60 people were wounded.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hmNDTQjWDf0Mwih0lCo1mTG7fj2wD9DSHC1O0

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  48. Talks under way for N-deal with US: Haqqani
    By Zulqernain Tahir
    Monday, 15 Feb, 2010

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani has said the government has started negotiating with the United States for an agreement on nuclear technology.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/12-talks-under-way-for-ndeal-with-us-haqqani-520–bi-01

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  49. Delhi, Kanpur brace for Pune-like attack
    Even as India braces itself for another Pune-style attack, investigations into the German Bakery blast on Saturday — which has so far claimed nine lives — suggest the involvement of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. List of victims

    “It looks like a combined effort, commanded by the Lashkar leadership in Pakistan and executed by IM sleeper cells,” said a senior security official. “US citizen David Headley is the man Lashkar used to conduct the recce.”

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/Delhi-Kanpur-brace-for-Pune-like-attack/509082/H1-Article1-508898.aspx

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  50. John Kerry in Delhi, meets PM
    US Senator John Kerry, on a short visit to Delhi, met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday afternoon.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/newdelhi/John-Kerry-in-Delhi-meets-PM/Article1-509102.aspx

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  51. Kerry says India-Pakistan talks must go on
    NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (APP): A key US senator has backed the resumption of diplomatic talks between Pakistan and India, saying that the weekend bomb blast in Pune shouldn’t derail the process.In an interview published in The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the “greatest mistake” in responding to another terror strike that emanated from Pakistan would be for the two sides to give those responsible what they seek to achieve: the subversion of democracy and the rule of law.
    In Islamabad, Sen. Kerry said he planned to meet President Asif Ali Zardari and Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistan Army chief.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96467&Itemid=2

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  52. Trade & peace: are they linked?
    By S. Akbar Zaidi
    Monday, 15 Feb, 2010
    Few people know that from amongst the more than 100 countries with which Pakistan trades, India is Pakistan’s ninth largest trading partner.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-trade-peace-are-they-linked-hs-04

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  53. How Interesting! According to Indian press, Al-Qaeda has Pakistani wing now!

    Oh, so they are the independent contractors hired by what else Pakistan! (read God Knows who – they are so many players in the region with vested interests) to frame and implicate Pakistan….:) (that makes so much sense -Pakistan would pay Al-Qaeda to shoot them in the foot!) so the peace talks get derailed…and the pressure is back on Pakistan to do something about Al-Qaeda! 🙂

    Al-Qaeda’s Pakistan arm warns sportsmen against visiting India
    Global terror network Al-Qaeda’s Pakistan arm has warned of attacks in India, particularly targeting upcoming international sports events like the Commonwealth Games, the Hockey World Cup and the IPL cricket league, a media report said.

    Asia Times Online said it had received a message from Illyas Kashmiri, who heads the 313 Brigade, an operational arm of the Al-Qaeda in Pakistan. It also has links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed — the two known terror outfits fighting in Jammu and Kashmir.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Al-Qaeda-s-Pakistan-arm-warns-sportsmen-against-visiting-India/H1-Article1-509380.aspx

    this one is interesting too…
    Unknown Pakistani group claims responsibility for Pune blast
    An unknown group calling itself the Laskhar-e-Taiba Al Alami claimed on Tuesday it was behind Saturday’s bomb attack in Pune that killed nine people.

    A person who identified himself as Abu Jindal called The Hindu here, described himself as the spokesman of the LeT Al Alami (international), and claimed the group had carried out the attack because of what he said was India’s “refusal” to discuss Kashmir in the forthcoming talks with Pakistan.

    The telephone number that showed up on the caller identity carried an area code common to the Waziristan tribal area and Bannu, the adjoining district in the North-West Frontier Province.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article107586.ece

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  54. The Indo-Pak waltz
    By Irfan Husain
    Saturday, 13 Feb, 2010

    OFFSTAGE, we can almost hear the weary orchestra tuning up for yet another round of the slow one-step forward, two-steps back waltz that constitutes Indo-Pak talks.

    We are all familiar with the routine: cynical bureaucrats, terrified of straying from their narrow briefs, delivering carefully prepared statements without any belief they will succeed. After more than 60 years of stonewalling over Kashmir, Pakistani and Indian diplomats are old hands at making sure that the conflict remains frozen. Their political masters are no better: unwilling to give ammunition to their domestic opponents, they lack the courage and the conviction to take risks for the sake of achieving a lasting peace.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/13+the-indopak-waltz-320-za-01

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  55. Terror ‘focus point of talks’ with Pakistan: Krishna
    The upcoming foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan were not a resumption of the composite dialogue and would focus only on terror, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    “Let the nation not be mistaken that composite dialogue is being renewed. Composite dialogue was suspended with very good reason from the Indian point of view. The issue that we raised remained to be addressed by Pakistan with a degree of seriousness,” Krishna told CNN-IBN.

    The minister said that he did not know what issues Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir would raise but “the brief for our secretary (Nirupama Rao) is that terror is the centre and focus point of talks”.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Terror-focus-point-of-talks-with-Pakistan-Krishna/H1-Article1-509802.aspx

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  56. Outcome of Feb. 25 talks not to be prejudged: Pak
    Pakistan on Tuesday voiced concern over External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s remarks that next week’s India-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks should not be “mistaken” for resumption of composite dialogue, saying “outcome of the meeting should not be prejudged nor its scope circumscribed”.
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article108361.ece?homepage=true

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  57. India to Pakistan: No composite dialogue

    Sandeep Dikshit

    NEW DELHI: Ruling out a composite dialogue in the near future, India on Wednesday told Pakistan that the coming meeting of the Foreign Secretaries could discuss all subjects but New Delhi will focus only on terror.

    The message was conveyed to Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik when he met Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao for discussions ahead of the talks.

    “We told them our concerns on terror will definitely figure and then we can look at the state of affairs on bilateral issues and confidence-building measures. Some friendly visits between the two sides can also take place,” said sources in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/18/stories/2010021863240100.htm

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  58. ‘Blast was remote controlled’
    First Published: 01:11 IST(18/2/2010)
    Last Updated: 01:12 IST(18/2/2010)

    Print

    A remote control device was most likely used to trigger the bomb that destroyed German Bakery on February 13, killing 11 people, Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said on Wednesday.

    “We have [evidence to] indicate that a remote control device was used,” Singh said.

    A Bomb Detection Unit of the elite National Security Guard collected evidence from the blast site on Wednesday.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai/Blast-was-remote-controlled/510107/H1-Article1-510043.aspx

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  59. Composite dialogue with Pakistan suspended: Krishna
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010
    NEW DELHI: India’s Minister for External Affairs said on Wednesday that next week’s secretary-level talks with Pakistan do not indicate the resumption of composite dialogue.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-composite-dialogue-with-pakistan-suspended-krishna-ha-04

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  60. Only Indians killed, so no security breached?
    Jawed Naqvi
    Monday, 15 Feb, 2010

    CATCHING the once-a-week flight from Delhi to Karachi last Monday, I overheard a riveting exchange between the immigration officer who was handling my Indian passport and a worried man who rushed to speak to him in a hurry, I suspect, after seeing my bearded profile from a distance.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/13+only-indians-killed-so-no-security-breached-520-za-01

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  61. Obama calls Indian PM to condemn deadly bombing
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    NEW DELHI — US President Barack Obama phoned Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to condemn a deadly restaurant bombing last week, a statement from the premier’s office said.

    The attack on a bakery in the western city of Pune on Saturday killed 11 people, including an Italian woman and an Iranian man, with 60 others hospitalised.

    Obama called Singh to “condemn the blast that took place in Pune on Saturday and to condole the loss of lives,” the statement said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g91KCBGjmmdtG77QGqpTQUZwTN8Q

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  62. India to seek voice samples of seven accused in Mumbai attacks
    India will ask for voice samples of seven Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks during next week’s Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan to help in the ongoing probe.

    Highly placed sources said India will seek the voice samples of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu Al Qama, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Younus Anjum and Jamil Ahmed.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article108926.ece

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  63. Terrorism in India
    On a short fuse
    South Asia’s big rivals prepare to talk. Another bomb goes off

    Feb 18th 2010 | DELHI | From The Economist print edition

    IN THE 15 months since Pakistani militants launched a three-day assault on Mumbai, India has been largely terror-free. This has enabled its prime minister, Manmohan Singh, despite much domestic opposition, to start rethreading the diplomatic ties that India cut after that outrage. Senior diplomats from India and Pakistan are due to meet in Delhi on February 25th. Yet on February 13th—the day after that meeting was announced—a bomb blast ripped through a café in Pune, in western Maharashtra, killing 11.

    http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15546317

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  64. India to raise Mumbai attacks issue at talks
    Friday, 19 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: India has said on Friday that it would be asking Pakistan the still unanswered questions in the probe into the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks at the forthcoming foreign secretary-level talks, according to a DawnNews report.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-to-raise-mumbai-attacks-issue-at-talks-ss-18

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  65. ‘Pakistan fears India could divert nuclear fuel’
    Friday, 19 Feb, 2010
    GENEVA: Pakistan said on Thursday it feared India could make 100 nuclear warheads a year by diverting fissile material transferred from the United States and other powers.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-pakistan-fears-india-could-divert-nuclear-fuel-ss-02

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  66. and the Indian propaganda continues…

    Everybody knows about 42 terror camps in Pakistan: Antony
    Everybody knew that there were 42 terrorist camps “across the border”, Defence Minister AK Antony said in Panaji on Friday and declared that it was too early to predict the outcome of the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan next week.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/goa/Everybody-knows-about-42-terror-camps-in-Pakistan-Antony/510556/H1-Article1-510509.aspx

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  67. Indian ministers support dialogue with Pakistan

    * Home Minister Chidambaram says probes into Mumbai attacks will be raised at Feb 25 talks
    * AK Antony says talks with Pakistan should continue despite issues, provocations

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: Two senior Indian ministers, who had reportedly opposed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s move to resume dialogue with Pakistan at the last Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting, openly supported the talks on Friday.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\20\story_20-2-2010_pg1_4

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  68. Give peace a chance
    Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010

    “IF you restrict the dialogue to the area of your interest, then you’re defeating the purpose — there are our interests as well.” Well said, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The minister’s remarks were made in the context of India’s ‘terrorism first’ demand when it comes to talks with Pakistan. The push for talks, though, has got some impetus in recent weeks. While the meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan on Feb 25 is expected to be no more than an ice-breaker, a sensible approach by both sides could at least expedite the possibility of meaningful talks. Presently, the onus is firmly on India to show some flexibility. While the trauma of the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai may not have been grasped fully in Pakistan, relations between states cannot be determined purely by emotions. And even if the Indian reaction was a hard-nosed one, the calculations it was based on have not worked out: the world community has rebuffed India’s attempts to isolate Pakistan internationally. So with the approach having run its course, now is the time for India to return to the table and resume talks.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/13+give-peace-a-chance-020-za-02

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  69. US praises Pakistan, India for showing courage
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Both India and Pakistan have shown political courage in deciding to hold their peace talks as scheduled despite a terrorist attack last week, which aimed at derailing the peace move, says the US State Department.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-us-praises-pakistan%2C-india-for-showing-courage-020-rs-04

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  70. ‘Terrorism not the only focus in talks with Pakistan’
    Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said India has agreed to take up different issues (besides terrorism) with Pakistan during the secretary-level talks scheduled to be held on February 25

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-pak-talks-chidambaram-qs-01

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  71. US wants Pakistan, India to cultivate ‘stable relationship’
    By Our Correspondent
    Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States is keen to see India and Pakistan reach a stable relationship on their own terms and at an appropriate time, says a senior US official.

    While urging the two countries to resolve their differences through peaceful means, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said that India, Pakistan and the United States faced the common threat of terrorism.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-us-wants-pakistan%2C-india-to-cultivate-stable-relationship-120-rs-04

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  72. Is India-Pakistan entente possible?
    By Izzuddin Pal
    Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010

    During the twenties the western powers had an opportunity to decide about the future of conquered territories, and during the forties they had to cope with decolonisation of their subject nations. In both cases they followed what some historians of imperialism call the policy of strengthening post-colonial links. The goal of this policy was to link the conquered territories or the post-colonial regimes with the emerging international political economy in order to protect their interests.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-pak-kashmir-qs-02

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  73. ‘India working on cutting edge defence technologies’

    * DRDO chief says future weaponry would be a convergence of nano, bio and information technology with laser-guided systems

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: India has unveiled a new roadmap to build new defence technologies for the 21st century both for strategic as well as asymmetric warfare.

    Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) Director General VK Saraswat said under the new strategy priority will be given to cutting edge technologies, which were denied to India by the West, and countering terrorism.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\21\story_21-2-2010_pg7_25

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  74. ‘Pak should take effective action against anti-India groups’
    Ahead of the Indo-Pak talks this week, India made it clear that process of normalisation of ties with Pakistan can be sustained only by “effective action” against groups there calling for jihad against India.

    “…calls of jihad, hostility and aggression continue to be made openly against India. This reflects the real and tangible difficulties that we face in dealing with Pakistan,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said, delivering the key note address at the 3rd International Institute of Strategic Studies-MEA Dialogue here on Monday.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article111495.ece

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  75. India will talk, but Pakistan must curb ‘terror’: Pratibha
    Monday, 22 Feb, 2010
    NEW DELHI: India said Monday that any meaningful relationship with Pakistan required Islamabad to crack down on “terrorism” — as the rivals prepared for their first official talks since the Mumbai attacks.

    In a speech to the opening session of parliament, President Pratibha Patil left the door open for improved relations between the neighbours, whose foreign secretaries are scheduled to meet on Thursday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-patil-pakistan-india-ties-qs-05

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  76. Pakistan hopes to make most of Feb 25 talks
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Monday, 22 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Pakistani delegation leaves for New Delhi on Wednesday to attend the foreign secretary-level talks with India, slated for the next day.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-pakistan-hopes-to-make-most-of-feb-25-talks-220–bi-01

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  77. Kashmir: what next?
    By M. Ismail Khan
    Monday, 22 Feb, 2010

    Now that Islamabad and New Delhi have agreed to restart talks, it would be a legitimate question for Kashmir’s peacemakers to ask: ‘The peace process has restarted: what next?’

    ‘Process’ is about catalysing change. Even if does not yield the expected results, a process is important since it contributes to the upstaging of many long-held fixations. Take, for example, President Obama. Who would have thought a decade ago that an African-American would be US president?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-kashmir-what-next-hs-05

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  78. China to avoid investing in PoK for success of Indo-Pak talks
    Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, Feb 22, 2010, 08.53pm IST

    BEIJING: China has told visiting Pakistani foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi that it wants to avoid action like investing in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which might hamper the proposed India-Pakistan peace talks, according to an expert close to the Chinese foreign ministry.

    “China does not want to invest in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Chinese government knows Kashmir is a sensitive issue and a disputed area,” Ma Jaili, senior researcher at the State-run Institute of Contemporary International Relations told TNN.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/China-to-avoid-investing-in-PoK-for-success-of-Indo-Pak-talks/articleshow/5604341.cms

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  79. Discuss all issues, not just terror: Pakistan Foreign Minister
    Pakistan said it wants all bilateral issues, including Kashmir, to be discussed at the Foreign Secretary-level talks on Thursday and feels much progress would not be made if India restricts the dialogue to a “narrow agenda” of terrorism.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is here on an official visit, hoped that the Composite Dialogue process between the two countries would be resumed in the near future.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article111883.ece?homepage=true

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  80. India and Pakistan prepare for talks
    India and Pakistan are preparing to hold their first face-to-face talks on Thursday since the 2008 attacks on Mumbai brought them to the brink of war, but hopes of a breakthrough remain slim as their officials prepare to clash over Kashmir and terrorism.

    By Dean Nelson in New Delhi
    Published: 4:42PM GMT 23 Feb 2010

    The meeting in New Delhi has been called in response to pressure on both sides from the United States and Britain, who believe tension between the nuclear neighbours is fuelling instability in the region and hampering Nato progress in Afghanistan.

    The United States wants Pakistan to redeploy troops from its heavily defended border with India to its western frontier with Afghanistan to stop Taliban insurgents using its territory as a safe haven.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7300236/India-and-Pakistan-prepare-for-talks.html

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  81. ‘India forces change in Pakistan delegation for talks’
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Tuesday, 23 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: One day before the India-Pakistan secretary level talks take place, India has forced Pakistan to alter its delegation for the meeting virtually defeating Islamabad’s desire for meaningful and purposeful negotiations on critical issues straining bilateral ties.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-india-forces-change-in-pakistan-delegation-for-talks-ss-04

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  82. Pakistan serious on improving India ties: FM Qureshi
    Tuesday, 23 Feb, 2010

    BEIJING: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday that Pakistan was serious about improving relations with India, ahead of the first official talks between the South Asian rivals in more than a year.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-pak-serious-ties-india-qureshi-qs-08

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  83. Pakistan wants China to play third-party mediating role
    Ananth Krishnan

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Islamabad would welcome a third-party mediating role for China to help bridge its differences with India.

    But his overtures received a cautious response from China, with officials here indicating that they would only support moves towards peace that both India and Pakistan cooperated on.

    Mr. Qureshi, on a five-day visit to Beijing, said Pakistan “appreciated the important role” China played in the past in promoting the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad. China had contributed to stability in South Asia, and Pakistan would welcome a “third-party” role for it to help bridge differences with India.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article112264.ece

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  84. India-Pakistan talks only the first stepping stone

    By Myra MacDonald LONDON (Reuters) – When Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao meets her Pakistani counterpart on Thursday, she is aiming, she says, to find a “graduated” way back into talks broken off after the November 2008 attack on Mumbai.

    World

    But before any progress can be made, the two countries have to agree not just which subjects should be covered — India wants to focus on terrorism, Pakistan on Kashmir — but even what is the right forum for dialogue.

    India and Pakistan have struggled for years to find the best approach to talks. Unscripted summits have ended in failure; formal dialogue has become bogged down in bureaucracy; secret back-channel talks went unrecorded and failed to carry subsequent governments or public opinion along with them.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61M4V420100223

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  85. Anti-Taliban Fight May Be Aided by Renewed India-Pakistan Talks
    February 24, 2010, 01:34 PM EST
    By Jay Shankar and Khalid Qayum

    Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — India and Pakistan hold their first formal talks today since the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai, reviving regional peace moves the U.S. is counting on to support its strategy to defeat Afghanistan’s Taliban.

    After a 15-month impasse, the two sides’ senior foreign ministry officials meet in New Delhi far apart on an agenda India wants to focus on security and Pakistan insists must be broadened to include disputed Kashmir and water rights. Further attacks like the Feb. 13 bombing of an Indian cafe that killed 15 people may shatter even this new beginning.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-24/anti-taliban-fight-may-be-aided-by-renewed-india-pakistan-talks.html

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  86. I have come to bridge differences, says Pakistan Foreign Secretary

    Sandeep Dikshit

    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan will take the first tentative step towards resumption of dialogue with the arrival of a delegation led by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir for talks with his counterpart Nirupama Rao here on Thursday.

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/25/stories/2010022555171000.htm

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  87. India, Pakistan go back to talks but face hurdles
    By RAVI NESSMAN
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 11:19 AM

    NEW DELHI — When India and Pakistan resume peace talks Thursday, few expect any major breakthroughs on the thorny issues that have led the nuclear-armed neighbors to three wars over six decades.

    They don’t even agree on what they should be talking about.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/24/AR2010022402437.html

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  88. Pakistan ‘hopeful’ ahead of India talks
    Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s foreign secretary arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday for the first official talks with India since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying he was “hopeful of a positive outcome.”

    In the Indian capital, however, a government source told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that “a trust deficit” between the rivals, who have fought three wars since 1947, meant expectations for the discussions were limited, reports AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-pakistan-hopeful-ahead-of-india-talks-zj-01

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  89. Army ready to respond to misadventure: Kayani
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the army is fully prepared to give a befitting response to any misadventure from the eastern border and there is no possibility of the adversary catching Pakistan unawares.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-army-ready-to-respond-to-misadventure-kayani-420-rs-04

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  90. India focus on Mumbai ‘unfair’: Salman Bashir
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said Thursday that India’s focus on the 2008 Mumbai attacks was “unfair” and was stalling efforts to get bilateral relations back on track.

    “It is unfair and unrealistic and, in our view, counterproductive to…keep the focus on that (Mumbai) to stall the process of the broader relationship between the two countries,” Bashir said after talks in New Delhi with his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-pakistan-start-talks-in-new-delhi-ss-01

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  91. China welcomes Pak-India relations normalization
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: In a statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said that the improvement and development of Pak-India relations are not only conducive to the peace and development of South Asia but to the whole region of Asia on Thursday, reports DawnNews.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-china-welcomes-pak-india-relations-normalization-zj-06

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  92. Pak Army officers suspected in Mumbai attacks
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A serving Pakistani Army officer has been named in one of the three dossiers handed over by India to Pakistan for his suspected involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks, reports DawnNews.

    The dossier has also named another retired Major and two other officers as ‘Major Iqbal’ and ‘Major Samir Ali.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-pak-army-officers-suspected-in-mumbai-attacks-zj-04

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  93. Talks about talks
    By Tariq Fatemi
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010

    On the day this article is published, the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries will be leading their delegations to the first formal meeting between them in more than a year. Given our perilous state of relations, this should give some hope to the tormented billion-plus who live in the region.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-talks-about-talks-hs-01

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  94. India asks Pakistan to hand over 2 army officers
    TNN, Feb 26, 2010, 01.02am IST
    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan resumed official level dialogue after 14 months, but what started out as a promising engagement in the morning descended into acrimony after Pakistan foreign secretary Salman Bashir rebuffed India’s demand for action against Lashkar leader Hafiz Saeed.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-asks-Pakistan-to-hand-over-2-army-officers/articleshow/5617314.cms

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  95. Indian media downbeat over Pakistan talks
    Indian newspapers have extensively covered the first formal official talks between India and Pakistan since the Mumbai (Bombay) attacks of 2008.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8538062.stm

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  96. Friday, February 26, 2010
    India admits its citizens involved in Mumbai attacks: Malik

    LAHORE: The statement of Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram that Abu Jandal was involved in the Mumbai attacks proves that India has admitted the involvement of its own citizens in the attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday. Malik said this while talking to the media at the Lahore High Court (LHC), where he attended the proceedings of his under-trial case. The Interior minister said Indian elements were involved in other terrorist attacks as well but Pakistan desired cordial relations with India and peace in the region, which could not be achieved without stability in Afghanistan.
    staff report

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\26\story_26-2-2010_pg7_6

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  97. Foreign Secretary talks are ‘encouraging step’ to restore dialogue: Krishna
    PTI

    Government on Friday said the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan represented an “encouraging step” towards restoring dialogue and better communication but made it clear that the engagement would depend on response to India’s core concern on terrorism.

    Making a suo motu statement in both Houses of Parliament a day after the talks, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the Indian side had told Pakistan that “trust and confidence” must be restored if “we are to build upon the past discussions held between the two countries at an appropriate time.”

    Quoting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he emphasised that India could “not wish away the fact that Pakistan is our neighbour” and that the government was convinced that door for dialogue with it “must not” be shut.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article114040.ece

    India, Pakistan talks an ‘encouraging step’: Krishna
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna told parliament Friday that talks with Pakistan had marked an “encouraging step,” but said more was expected from Islamabad in curbing militancy.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-pakistan-talks-an-encouraging-step-krishna-ss-06

    Greater trust needed for composite dialogue with Pak: Krishna
    IANS, Feb 26, 2010, 04.48pm IST
    NEW DELHI: Describing the foreign secretary-level talks as “an encouraging step”, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday told parliament that the future of bilateral dialogue with Pakistan will depend on Islamabad’s response to India’s “core concerns on terrorism” which remains undiluted.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Greater-trust-needed-for-composite-dialogue-with-Pak-Krishna/articleshow/5620289.cms

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  98. Meeting in Delhi
    Dawn Editorial
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    The reality that Pakistan’s and India’s foreign secretaries have met should give cheer to those seeking the normalisation of ties between the two countries. While nothing concrete was officially agreed between the two sides, the very fact that the sides have met at the secretary level should be considered a good thing.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-meeting-in-delhi-hs-02

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  99. Pakistan desires friendly ties with all neighbours: PM
    KARACHI, Feb 26 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan desires good, friendly ties with all the neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan.He was talking to reporters after the inaugural ceremony of the 220 MW combined cycle Power Plant of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) at Korangi here on Friday.Referring to the foreign secretary-level talks with India, he said that we want good relations with India on bilateral level.
    The PM said that there should be composite dialogue and that the dialogues are the only answer and that wars are not the solution.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97365&Itemid=2

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  100. Dialogue the only way forward: Salman Bashir
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Friday said India and Pakistan should begin the composite dialogue only if it is based on equality, sovereignty and mutual respect.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-dialogue-only-way-sal-bashir-qs-09

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  101. Indo-Pak talks must be meaningful, address core issues: Gilani
    Saturday, February 27, 2010,7:48 [IST]

    Karachi, Feb.27 (ANI): Pakistan has always been willing to hold talks with India, but dialogue must be meaningful and address the core issues lingering between both countries, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/27/indopak-talks-must-be-meaningful-address-core-issuesgila.html

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  102. Kabul attacks could be an attempt to ‘provoke’ India: Stratfor
    Press Trust Of India
    Washington, February 27, 2010
    The latest Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul that killed up to nine Indians could be an attempt to “provoke” India into some kind of response in Afghanistan, which may “complicate” Pakistan’s strategy on the war-torn country, according to a leading US think tank.

    The attacks against Indian embassy workers’ residences yesterday were the deadliest India has experienced since 2001, Stratfor said in a news analysis.

    “By going after a hotel instead of an embassy, the militants in the attacks were able to more quickly and thoroughly penetrate the target, creating more destruction and more deaths, thus provoking Afghanistan, Pakistan and India more strongly,” it said.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/americas/Kabul-attacks-could-be-an-attempt-to-provoke-India-Stratfor/513513/H1-Article1-513556.aspx

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  103. Talks for sake of talks useless: Salman Bashir
    By Nasir Jamal
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    LAHORE: Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said on Friday that unstructured ‘talks for the sake of talks’ would not produce any long-lasting results and, therefore, it was crucial that India agreed to resumption of composite dialogue to move forward.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-dialogue-only-way-sal-bashir-qs-09

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  104. India, Pakistan break the ice, but chill remains
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan’s first official talks since the 2008 Mumbai attacks moved relations out of the diplomatic deep freeze, but left both sides at loggerheads on how to take the dialogue forward.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-pak-chill-remains-qs-07

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  105. Indian premier in groundbreaking Saudi visit
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    RIYADH: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on the first visit by an Indian premier to the oil kingpin in 28 years with energy imports, Middle East peace and militancy on the agenda, reports AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-indian-pm-on-visit-to-saudi-arabia-zj-07

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  106. PM concludes historic Saudi visit
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday concluded a historic three-day visit to Saudi Arabia during which 10 bilateral agreements were signed and the Riyadh Declaration was issued to strengthen ties between India and the influential oil-rich nation.

    In a rare honour accorded to a foreign dignitary, Singh was invited to address the Majlis-ash-Shura, the Saudi parliament, where he not only sought investments from the Islamic kingdom but also pressed the need for Pakistan to “act decisively against terrorism”.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/PM-concludes-historic-Saudi-visit/H1-Article1-514201.aspx

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  107. Talks with India
    By Ahmad Faruqui
    Monday, 01 Mar, 2010

    After a two-year hiatus, India and Pakistan are talking again. The terrorist attacks in Mumbai halted the composite dialogue which was initiated during the Musharraf era.

    That dialogue had put an end to the day-to-day sniping that had characterised the conversation between Islamabad and New Delhi ever since the Pakistani attack on Indian outposts in Kargil in 1999.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-talks-with-india-130-zj-05

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  108. Manmohan Singh touched by Saudi gestures
    Tuesday, March 2, 2010,9:11 [IST

    New Delhi, Mar. 2 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is deeply “touched and humbled” by the gestures extended to him during his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, which concluded with the signing of more than 10 agreements and the inking of the historic Riyadh Declaration.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/02/manmohansingh-touched-by-saudigestures.html

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  109. Onus on India to revive composite dialogue: Pak
    Pakistan today said the ball is in India’s court to revive the composite dialogue process and resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir problem.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made these remarks while briefing the Parliamentary committee on Kashmir at the Foreign Office, TV news channels reported.

    He told the committee headed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman that the Kashmir problem was one of the key issues discussed at the Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan last month.

    Differences over the sharing of river waters were also raised with the Indian side and it had shown “some seriousness” in resolving the matter, Qureshi was quoted as saying.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Onus-on-India-to-revive-composite-dialogue-Pak/H1-Article1-514456.aspx

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  110. Unprovoked Indian firing injures two Kashmiri children
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Two children were wounded in “unprovoked firing” by Indian forces across the de facto border dividing the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistani officials said on Tuesday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/07-unprovoked+indian+firing+injures+two+kashmiri+children-ha-03

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  111. Saudi connection
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    Saudi Arabia has been in the news lately and much of it for reasons that may unsettle some here. But a closer look at the goings-on and speculation suggests that the perceived ‘negative’ impact on Pakistan may be an exaggeration.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-saudi-connection-230-zj-01

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  112. India, Pakistan to attend US nuclear summit
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan plan to attend an international summit on nuclear security to be hosted by US President Barack Obama next month, officials said Tuesday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-pakistan-to-attend-us-nuclear-summit-ss-02

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  113. US encourages India-Pakistan dialogue, rules out mediation
    Arun Kumar, Indo-Asian News Service
    Washington, March 03, 2010

    Stressing that both India and Pakistan have legitimate security interests in Afghanistan, the United States says it encouraged a dialogue between the two neighbours but has ruled out any mediation between them.

    Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India “are vastly different in culture, socio-economic standing, and political development, but they share a common strategic space,” Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said on Tuesday.

    “And in order to understand America’s policy and America’s policy dilemma, one has to understand that both India and Pakistan have legitimate security interests in the region,” he said briefing reporters on his trip to the region.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/americas/US-encourages-India-Pakistan-dialogue-rules-out-mediation/514666/H1-Article1-514669.aspx

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  114. Dialogue only way forward for Pak, India, says Gilani

    * PM says country not worried about recent Indian military exercises
    * Constitutional reforms committee to complete job by March 23

    ISLAMABAD: Dialogue is the only way forward for resolving all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.

    Speaking in an interview with a private TV channel about the recently held secretary-level talks between the two countries, Gilani said, “We raise our hopes and then disappoint ourselves,” but he also added, “Talks are the only way forward.”

    Not worried: To a question about the recent military exercises conducted by India in Pokhran, the PM said that Pakistan’s defence was in secure hands and the country was very much aware of its defensive capabilities.

    “We are not worried by such things,” he said.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\03\story_3-3-2010_pg7_25

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  115. Gilani, Singh likely to attend nuclear summit
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is likely to attend an international nuclear summit US President Barack Obama is hosting in Washington next month, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-pakistan-to-attend-us-nuclear-summit-ss-02

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  116. India hands over fresh dossier to Pak on Saeed
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010,14:32 [IST]

    New Delhi, Mar 3: Seeking strict action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, suspected mastemind of the Mumbai terror attacks, India on Wednesday, Mar 3, handed over fresh dossier to Pakistan.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/03/india-hands-over-fresh-dossier-to-pak-on-saeed.html

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  117. “We will have to look beyond the Indus Water Treaty.”
    By Amber Rahim Shamsi
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    At the recent foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan in New Delhi, Pakistan’s foreign office team presented a paper on water issues to India prepared by Pakistan’s Indus Water Commission. Although water is not a core issue for the resumption of talks between the two nuclear neighbors, differences over the use of rivers assigned according to the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty have undercut peace-making efforts. As Pakistan and India’s populations grow, water for agriculture and electricity generation is in short supply. Pakistan’s Indus Water Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah talks to Dawn.com about the urgent need to resolve water-sharing disputes.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/02-jamaat-shah-02

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  118. Gilani to attend US nuclear summit
    Thursday, 04 Mar, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend a US summit on nuclear security, but no talks are scheduled on the sidelines with his Indian counterpart, an official said Thursday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/18-gilani-and-manmohan-to-meet-in-us-am-02

    Pakistan PM to attend US nuclear summit
    Agence France-Presse
    Islamabad, March 04, 2010
    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend a US summit on nuclear security, but no talks are scheduled on the sidelines with his Indian counterpart, an official said Thursday.

    Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India last week held their first official talks since the November 2008 attacks on India’s financial capital Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants, suspending peace talks.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/pakistan/Pak-PM-to-attend-US-nuclear-summit/Article1-515128.aspx

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  119. ‘Peace remains elusive without resolving Kashmir’
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has underlined that peace and stability in South Asia would remain elusive without resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-peace+remain+elusive+without+resolving+kashmir+dispute–bi-03

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  120. Pakistan wants meaningful talks with India: Bashir
    Updated at: 2150 PST, Friday, March 05, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants meaningful dialogue with India and there is no other option except to hold talks with a sincere intent to resolve all issues, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told foreign envoys at a briefing held at Foreign Office in Islamabad Friday.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=100071

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  121. India urged to respond to talks proposal
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Islamabad said on Thursday that it was keenly awaiting New Delhi’s response to its proposed roadmap envisaging involvement of political leadership of the two countries for breaking the logjam in their ties.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-india-urged-to-respond-to-talks-proposal-530-hh-04

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  122. Pakistan reviewing new Indian dossier
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik received the Indian dossier from Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and discussed different aspects of the dossier with him.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-pakistan+reviewing+new+indian+dossier-hs-01

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  123. India open to Pakistan talks but wants ‘terror’ controlled
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: India said Friday it was open to talks with Pakistan but no meaningful progress could be made until Islamabad controls the “terror machine” operating on its soil.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-open-to-pakistan-talks-but-wants-terror-controlled-ss-02

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  124. Congressman to form Kashmir caucus
    Saturday, March 06, 2010
    By Sami Abraham

    WASHINGTON: Congressman Dan Burton has said he would work to form a Kashmir caucus in the US Congress to highlight the need to resolve the long-standing Kashmir issue.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=227544

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  125. Dialogue needed to avoid miscalculations: Singh
    By Jawed Naqvi
    Saturday, 06 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Citing the example of nuclear-armed Soviet Union and the United States who remained in touch with each other at the height of the Cold War, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told parliament on Friday that talking with Pakistan was similarly necessary to avoid potential miscalculations.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-dialogue-needed-to-avoid-miscalculations-singh-rs-02

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  126. India expresses surprise on Pak statement on Saeed
    Posted: Sunday , Mar 07, 2010 at 1441 hrs New Delhi:
    Expressing ‘surprise’ over Pakistan’s claim that the issue of arrest of Hafiz Saeed, one of the 26/11 masterminds, was not taken up during Foreign Secretary- level talks, India said on Sunday that it has been demanding action against him since the barbaric and dastardly attacks in Mumbai and the matter was raised ‘strongly’ during the parleys.
    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-expresses-surprise-on-paks-statement-on-saeed/587861/

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  127. Tackling the trust deficit with India
    By Karamatullah K. Ghori
    Sunday, 07 Mar, 2010

    The foreign secretaries-level talks held in Delhi on February 25 had started with a lot of bang but ended, not unexpectedly, with a whimper. There was hardly anything spectacular about them, except for the nostalgic comfort for some that the venue of these uneventful talks was the once-ornate Hyderabad House, symbol of the Muslim princely splendour of the Raj.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-pak-trust-deficit-qs-02

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  128. Now India and Pakistan Can Get Down to Business
    High-level talks in February, billed by some as a failure, actually set the stage for progress.
    By NAJAM SETHI

    On initial appearances, the first high-level bilateral talks between India and Pakistan since November 2008 weren’t a success. When the two foreign secretaries convened in New Delhi on Feb. 25, at times it was as if they were at different meetings. The Indians tried to focus on terrorism sponsored from within Pakistan, while the Pakistanis wanted a broader dialogue. In the end, there was no noteworthy result. But appearances in this case are deceiving. This meeting is likely to prove more successful than many expect.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703936804575106940181288162.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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  129. Farooq Abdullah says India has never stopped flow of water to Pakistan
    Tuesday, March 9, 2010,14:35 [IST]
    New Delhi, Mar 9 (ANI): Reacting to the comments made by Hafiz Saeed, the chief of militant outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa, Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that India has never stopped the flow of water to Pakistan.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/09/farooqabdullah-says-india-has-never-stopped-flow-ofwater.html

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  130. India discuss measures to curb terrorism with neighbouring countries
    2010-03-10 19:50:00

    The Union Government on Wednesday reiterated that it has consistently taken up the issue of use of their territories for terrorist/insurgent activities against India with governments of neighbouring countries at various levels.

    Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said the government also sought their cooperation to curb and eliminate terrorism and insurgent activities.

    http://sify.com/news/india-discuss-measures-to-curb-terrorism-with-neighbouring-countries-news-national-kdktOcibida.html

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  131. Bal Thackeray ‘wanted’ by Pakistan
    According to reports, the eighth Indian dossier containing more “details” on the Mumbai terror attacks has been handed over to the Interior Minister, Mr. Rehman Malik by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir. India had submitted the dossier last week at the one-point Foreign Secretary level talks, seeking “strict action” against Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who is alleged to be the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. India had submitted three dossiers, one of them concerning the handing over of Saeed and 34 others wanted by India.
    However, after the talks, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir had commented that evidence presented by New Delhi against Saeed was “mere literature” and India did not have enough proof against him.
    http://dailymailnews.com/0310/11/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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  132. Pakistan tests missiles in Arabian Sea
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s navy has successfully test-fired a series of missiles and torpedoes in what it is calling a message to ”nefarious” forces.

    The tests occurred in the Arabian Sea on Friday. Various aircraft, submarines and ships were used. It was not immediately clear if the missiles were capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

    Friday’s launches were followed by a navy statement saying: ”These successful tests are a clear message to forces having nefarious designs.”
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-pakistan-tests-missiles-in-arabian+sea-ss-03

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  133. India says Pakistan must ‘reinvent’ itself
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Pakistan needs to “reinvent” itself as a genuine democracy and a responsible neighbour, India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Friday.

    Addressing a seminar on South Asian security, Chidambaram urged Islamabad to do more to curb militancy and warned that India would respond “swiftly and decisively” in the event of any attack deemed to be from Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-india-says-pakistan-must-reinvent-itself-ss-05

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  134. Putin to sign multi-billion dollar arms deals in India
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was to seal a series of multi-billion dollar arms deals Friday during a visit to India aimed at boosting ties with Moscow’s old Cold War ally, reports AFP.

    According to Russian officials, Putin will sign more than a dozen pacts amounting to 10 billion dollars, including an accord to resolve the troubled sale of a refitted Soviet-era aircraft carrier, the Admiral Gorshkov.

    Other deals include a contract to sell India 29 MiG fighter jets and an agreement to install additional nuclear power units in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where it is already building two reactors.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-putin-to-sign-multi-billion-dollar-arms-deals-in-india-zj-03

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  135. US worries militants may trigger India-Pakistan war
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States continues to worry that groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba can cause a war between India and Pakistan, a senior US military commander told a congressional panel on Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-us-worries-militants-may-trigger-indiapakistan-war-130-zj-01

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  136. India ready for new round of talks with Pak: PC
    Sunday, March 14, 2010,15:45 [IST]

    New Delhi, Mar 14: In an announcement which could revive hopes to resolve the Indo-Pak conflict, India on Friday, Mar 12 expressed it willingness to hold new round of talks with Pakistan.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/14/india-ready-for-new-round-of-talks-with-pak-pc.html

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  137. Now Indian foreign secy’s turn to visit Pakistan

    * External Affairs minister says ‘we must move step by step’
    * Manmohan’s initiative for holding talks ‘in good faith’

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: India may send its Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to Islamabad later this month to ‘cool down tempers’ and to arrange a meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said on Monday.

    “The Pakistan foreign secretary came to India for talks, so, perhaps it is now the Indian foreign secretary’s turn to go to Pakistan. Let us move step by step,” Krishna said. He said India has already taken the initiative and provided the backdrop for talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\16\story_16-3-2010_pg7_10

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  138. Nawaz Sharif threat to Pakistan’s stability: Musharraf
    By Our Correspondent
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    In his address to the reception, Mr Musharraf said India and Pakistan must end their confrontation and go for peace.

    Speaking to several hundred mostly Pakistani-Americans, Gen (retd) Musharraf also said he would return to politics if he believed he had enough support to make a difference.

    “We must stop this confrontation between India and Pakistan… We must go for peace for the sake of the world, because the world considers us to be a nuclear flashpoint,” Seattle Times quoted him as saying at a press conference in the city on Sunday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/did-musharraf-call-nawaz-closeted-taliban-630

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  139. Tarbela dam reservoir hits dead level
    By Ahmad Fraz Khan
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: The Tarbela dam reservoir hit the dead level on Monday, leaving the agriculture and power generation to rely on paltry run-of-the-river supplies which also have taken a sharp dip.

    According to official figures, all the rivers were flowing on Monday at around 20 per cent less than last year’s levels on the day.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/tarbela-hits-dead-level-630

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  140. India yet to send formal proposal for next round of talks: Pak FO
    2010-03-16 11:50:00

    Welcoming External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s statement that the next foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan would take place soon, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit has said New Delhi has still not sent any formal proposal for the high level deliberations.

    “The statement made by Indian External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna is really encouraging and Pakistan welcomes it but it was his personal desire not the official stance,” Basit told The Dawn.

    http://sify.com/news/india-yet-to-send-formal-proposal-for-next-round-of-talks-pak-fo-news-international-kdqlOjdgdaj.html

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  141. Pakistan-trained terrorists behind Pune blast: India
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Indian Home Secretary Gopal Pillai has said that a bombing that killed 16 people in Pune last month was carried out by home-grown Islamists with alleged links to militants in Pakistan, reports Reuters.

    “All the evidence which is coming currently is showing that it is the IM (Indian Mujahideen), rather than a Hindu militant group, involved in the Pune blast,” he told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistantrained-terrorists-behind-pune-blast-india-630

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  142. India’s missile interceptor test fails
    Monday, 15 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: India’s home-grown missile interception system failed to shoot down an incoming missile during a test Monday, a Defence Ministry official said.

    A medium-range and nuclear-capable Prithvi II surface-to-surface missile was fired from a test site in the eastern state of Orissa, but the interceptor missile failed to take off due to a technical snag, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-missile-interceptor-fails-qs-06

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  143. Eighteen hurt in Bangladesh-India border clash
    Monday, 15 Mar, 2010

    DHAKA: At least 18 villagers were injured during a two-hour firefight between Indian and Bangladeshi troops across the troubled border, a security official in Dhaka said Monday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/31-eighteen+injured+in+bangladesh-india+border+clash-ll-01

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  144. No composite dialogue yet, says India
    By Our Correspondent
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: India will not resume composite dialogue with Pakistan until Islamabad agrees to guarantee that it will overcome terrorism, says Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-no-composite-dialogue-yet,-says-india-730-hh-09

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  145. ‘Tension’ with India distraction to Pak’s war on terror: Gilani
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said the world community should nudge India to resolve all “core” bilateral issues, including Kashmir and sharing of river waters, arguing that “tension” on its eastern border is a distraction to its fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban in its restive tribal belt.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_tension-with-india-distraction-to-pak-s-war-on-terror-gilani_1360160

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  146. Iran, Pakistan sign gas pipeline deal

    By Nasir Jaffry (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and Iran signed agreements Tuesday paving the way for a seriously-delayed 7.5 billion-dollar gas pipeline.

    The project has been trumpeted in Pakistan, which produces just 80 percent of the electricity it needs, as a partial answer to a crippling energy crisis in which has led to debilitating blackouts and suffocated industry.

    Pakistani Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar said the heads of agreement (HOA) and operational agreement (OA) signed in Turkey on Tuesday was a “historic achievement and a milestone towards meeting the energy needs of the country”.

    He expressed hope that “physical work will start soon enabling the gas into the system by the timeline”.

    The United States has been pushing for a pipeline to South Asian countries from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan that would bypass arch-foe Iran.

    Under the deal, Tehran is to supply 750 million cubic feet (21 million cubic metres) to one billion cubic feet per day to Pakistan by mid-2015, the Islamabad government said in a statement overnight.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hamnjNu_4cDvLOdG8xPPco05wG7A

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  147. New water conservation project on the cards
    By Amin Ahmed
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: In the face of growing water scarcity in the country, the federal government has decided to launch next month a water conservation and productivity enhancement project.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/new-water-conservation-project-on-the-cards-730

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  148. Pakistan refuses to close 42 ‘terror’ camps: India
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    VASCO: India on Wednesday said 42 militant training camps were operating in Pakistan and accused the country’s government of making little effort to close them.

    The accusation came after the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met last month for the first official talks since the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which India blames on Pakistani militants.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-pakistan-refuses-to-close-42-terror-camps-says-india-ss-03

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  149. Another attack to reignite Indo-Pak tensions: Petraeus
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Another terrorist attack in India could reignite India-Pakistan tensions in 2010, increasing the risk of miscalculation between two nuclear states, warns commander of the US Central Command, Gen David Petraeus

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-another-attack-to-reignite-indopak-tensions-petraeus-830-zj-04

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  150. Baniya and the bomb
    By Jawed Naqvi
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    Nuclear outrage on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was carried out by a people whose hands were covered with the blood of countless black slaves, indigenous American tribes and with the internecine carnage of their own in what they called a civil war. Do Indians and Pakistanis have the stomach for a galling nuclear war?

    Given the bloodletting of Nadir Shah in Delhi and of Emperor Asoka in Kalinga (before he became Buddhist), not to speak of an almost daily outrage inflicted by rightwing Hindus and Muslim extremists on each other and on their own there is a tradition of violence in the region which, though it may not be of the same shall we say calibre, resembles the American streak for gory inhumanity.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-jawed-naqvi-baniya-and-the-bomb-830-zj-08

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  151. Indian fishermen arrested for sailing into Pakistani waters
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    KARACHI: Five Indian fishermen accused of sailing into Pakistani waters were arrested by the Maritime Security Agency on Saturday.

    MSA sources told DawnNews that the five men were arrested near the Sir Creek area in the Arabian Sea.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-indian-fishermen-arrested-for-sailing-into-pakistani-waters-ss-14

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  152. Giving peace a chance
    Saturday, March 20, 2010
    M Saeed Khalid

    Hardly a day passes without a member of India’s political class or its officialdom taking a pot-shot at Pakistan for bad behaviour. After “India shining” and “Incredible India,” we should not be too surprised at New Delhi assuming the role of the paragon-of-all-virtue-India or what was candidly described by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir as sermonising India.

    This overbearing attitude of our big neighbour is hindering a conducive atmosphere for the resumption of a meaningful dialogue between the two countries. Unfortunately, the latest remarks attributed to Home Minister P Chidambaram advising Pakistan to reinvent itself as a genuine democracy can only add to the frustration on this side of the border about India’s holier-than-thou approach. His call to Pakistan to become a truly democratic country where real power lies in the hands of democratically elected leaders is rather curious.

    Can Mr Chidambaram’s speechwriter deny that decision-making in democracies like India and the United States has become increasingly militaristic? I remember the observation of an American diplomat: “In the State Department, we try to ensure that our sausage is as good as someone else’s, but it is another matter if in the end someone like Rumsfeld calls the shots.”

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230094

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  153. Indian advertisement shows Delhi in Pakistan
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: Almost all leading newspapers in India published on Saturday a railways department’s advertisement that shows capital New Delhi located across the border in Pakistan.

    According to zeenews.com, the Eastern Railway’s ad appeared to announce the inauguration of Maharaja’s Express, from Kolkata to Nalanda.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-indian-ad-shows-delhi-in-pakistan-130-hh-12

    India embarrassed by ad that puts its capital in Pakistan
    AN ADVERT for a new luxury train service has embarrassed India’s rail ministry by placing the country’s capital, New Delhi, inside Pakistan.

    Other gaffes made in announcing the inaugural run of the Maharajas’ Express placed Kolkata, the Buddhist pilgrimage center of Gaya and the Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve in the Bay of Bengal.

    The agency that designed the ad – promising to show passengers “an India like never before!” – amended a version approved by Eastern Railways on March 19, the rail company’s spokesman, Samir Goswami, said.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/india-embarrassed-by-ad-that-puts-its-capital-in-pakistan/story-e6frf7jx-1225843510216

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  154. India tests hi-tech new cruise missile
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: India successfully tested on Sunday a new “manoeuvrable” version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile it developed with Russia, a report said, reported AFP.

    The missile was fired from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal off India’s east coast, BrahMos aerospace chief A. Sivathanu Pillai told the Press Trust of India news agency.

    “The missile… manoeuvred, successfully hitting the target ship. It was a perfect hit and a perfect mission,” he said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/30-india-tests-hi-tech-new-cruise-missile-so-02

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  155. US, Pakistan undecided over discussing Indo-Pak ties during March 24 talks
    2010-03-21 16:10:00

    While both US and Pakistan are preparing themselves up for the upcoming strategic dialogue, which is scheduled to be held on March 24 in Washington, none of the sides have made any mention that whether the issue regarding restarting the composite talks between New Delhi and Islamabad would be discussed or not.

    According to a US official, the White House is keeping a close watch on developments in the region and is expecting Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan meet each other on the sidelines of either the Nuclear Security Summit or the Saarc Summit, both of which would be held in April.

    http://sify.com/news/us-pakistan-undecided-over-discussing-indo-pak-ties-during-march-24-talks-news-international-kdvqkncedeg.html

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  156. How we turned a Cold War into a hot potato
    By Jawed Naqvi
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    Far too many innocent men, women and children have died and many more uprooted from their homes in the Kashmir tragedy since its emergence as a violent and volatile issue in 1947. Its essential history, however, is at variance with most contemporary narratives of India-Pakistan rivalry, brutal military occupation, rabid religious zealotry and an indigenous struggle to keep a moderate inclusive Islam as its nodal characteristic.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/how-we-turned-a-cold-war-issue-into-a-scalding-hot-potato-230

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  157. India arrested 174 Pakistani fishermen
    Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010

    THATTA: The Indian Navy arrested 174 fishermen and took away 30 fishing vessels and their catch worth millions of rupees from the Pakistan territorial waters in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday early hours.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-india+arrested+174+pakistani+fishermen-hs-02

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  158. Pakistan to firmly take up water issue with India: Shah
    Updated at: 1945 PST, Wednesday, March 24, 2010
    LAHORE: Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamat Ali Shah says that he will take up the water issue with India in a firm manner and will not budge an inch from the country’s principled stance.

    Speaking to Geo correspondent here on Wednesday, Shah said his Indian counterpart is due to arrive in Pakistan this month to hold talks on water issue in the light of Indus Basin Treaty.

    “We are urging India to share its water data with us so that no confusion emerges,” he said.

    He further said the date for the arrival of Indian Water Commission was likely to be announced in a couple of days.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101440

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  159. India-Pakistan dialogue up to leaders: US
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday that it was up to India and Pakistan to decide on their own relations after Islamabad renewed its call for a US role on the Kashmir dispute.

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, taking part in high-level talks which the United States hope will show goodwill, called for a “constructive engagement” by the United States on Kashmir.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-india-pakistan+dialogue+up+to+leaders+us–bi-05

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  160. Composite Dialogue only way to resolve issues with India: Pak
    The Pakistan government on Friday said it remains convinced that the Composite Dialogue is the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, and to achieve peace and security in the region.

    The government conveyed its stand in a written reply by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during question hour in the National Assembly.
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article306414.ece

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  161. India tests two nuclear capable missiles
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-india-missile-test-qs-08

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  162. Taliban not in direct conflict with India: spokesman
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-not-in-direct-conflict-with-india-spokesman-730

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  163. Let’s resume dialogue: Pakistan
    Anita Joshua

    Back from his “successful” visit to the U.S., Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said it was necessary for India and Pakistan to revert to a “meaningful and structured dialogue process” as this was the only way forward.

    His advocacy for resumption of structured dialogue comes in the wake of official silence from Pakistan after Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna indicated earlier this month that the next round of Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries could take place in Islamabad.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article321459.ece

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  164. India says design of Nimo-Bazgo hydropower project is within limits
    PTI
    Monday, March 29, 2010 21:59 IS
    LAHORE: Rejecting Pakistan’s call for a change in the design, India today said the design of Nimmo-Bazgo hydropower project was within the permissible limits of the Indus Waters Treaty and there is no need to change it.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_india-says-design-of-nimo-bazgo-hydropower-project-is-within-limits_1364960

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  165. Pakistan not in hurry for talks: Qureshi
    Monday, 29 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is in no hurry for talks with India if it is not ready to hold purposeful dialogues. However, he welcomes Saudi mediation for the restoration of meaningful Pak-India composite dialogues.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-pak+not+in+hurry+for+talks+qureshi–bi-01

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  166. India says it is not stealing water
    Tuesday, 30 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: The three-day talks between Indus Water Treaty Commissions of India and Pakistan have concluded in Lahore. India said it is not stealing Pakistan’s water while Pakistan said that a fresh understanding between the two sides is required to end this dispute.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-india+says+it+is+not+stealing+water–bi-04

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  167. Indian Indus water delegation leaves Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
    LAHORE, March 31 (APP): Indian Indus Water Commissioner Oranga Nathan has said that India will not use a single drop from Pakistan’s share of water.Talking to media before leaving for India here at airport, he said that Nimoo Bazgo and Chootak hydro power projects of India on Indus river would not stop water flow.

    He said Indian projects would just recycle the water for energy and throw it back into the river.”In this way India will not steal share of Pakistan’s water,” he added.
    He said different issues were discussed by the both sides in Lahore Talks,adding that consensus was found on some issues while a number of others were left.
    “We will discuss the remaining issues in next round of talks,” he said.
    Later Syed Jamat Ali Shah, Indus Water Commissioner Pakistan saw the 9-member Indian delegation off at the airport.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99656&Itemid=2

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  168. India and Pakistan Feud Over Indus Waters
    Fight Threatens Peace Talks as Islamabad Requests Arbitration Over New Delhi’s Plans for a Hydroelectric Plant

    BY AMOL SHARMA IN NEW DELHI AND TOM WRIGHT IN LAHORE

    A feud over water between India and Pakistan is threatening to derail peace talks between the two neighbors.

    The countries have harmoniously shared the waters of the Indus River for decades. A 50-year-old treaty regulating access to water from the river and its tributaries has been viewed as a bright spot for India and Pakistan, who have gone to war three times since 1947.

    Now, the Pakistanis complain that India is hogging water upstream, which is hurting Pakistani farmers downstream. Pakistani officials say they will soon begin formal arbitration over a proposed Indian dam. At a meeting that started Sunday, …

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052702304370304575151591013994592.html

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  169. Pakistan: our apprehensions are legitimate

    Anita Joshua

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the U.S. its concerns about Indian interference in Afghanistan, including its impact on Pak-Afghan relations. This was disclosed by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Senate on Thursday evening while taking the House into confidence on what transpired in last month’s strategic dialogue with the United States.

    Conceding the long-standing relationship that India has had with Afghanistan, Mr. Qureshi was quoted by the Associated Press of Pakistan as saying that there was a qualitative difference with what Pakistan shared with its western neighbour and this view was communicated to the U.S.

    While India and Afghanistan had the right to a bilateral relationship, Mr. Qureshi argued that “India cannot match Pakistan in its relations with Afghanistan because India does not share a border with Afghanistan and its role during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is also clear to everybody.”

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/03/stories/2010040355941400.htm

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  170. Monitor Pakistan’s use of military aid, India tells US
    Upset over the US’ continuing supply of cutting-edge military hardware to Pakistan, India has asked it to set up a mechanism to ensure that American military aid was not diverted by Islamabad to target India.

    “We are in regular touch with the Americans… they are aware and alert to our concerns,” a well-placed source close to the government said when asked about the military aid promised to Pakistan at the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue held in Washington a week ago.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/newdelhi/Monitor-Pakistan-s-use-of-military-aid-India-to-US/Article1-526777.aspx

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  171. Pakistan’s fears over growing Saudi-India ties allayed

    By Ghazanfar Ali Khan Arab News

    Published: Apr 3, 2010 23:20 Updated: Apr 3, 2010 23:26

    The Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, held wide-ranging talks with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, on Saturday during which he expressed his concerns about India’s growing engagement in Afghanistan.

    Qureshi, who is on an official two-day visit to the Kingdom on Prince Saud’s invitation, was briefed by the Saudi side about Singh’s visit to Riyadh earlier this month. In a news briefing alongside Pakistani Ambassador Umar Khan Alisherzai, Qureshi spoke very candidly on a range subjects including constitutional reforms in Pakistan, the OIC, Saudi-Pakistani relations, and Pakistani-US ties with special reference to the US military and economic aid.

    http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article38815.ece

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  172. Indo-Pak talks hit dead end?
    Sachin Parashar , TNN, Apr 4, 2010, 12.42am IST

    NEW DELHI: After just the solitary round in February, the foreign secretary-level dialogue between India and Pakistan has hit a dead end with highly placed sources on Saturday stating that it is Pakistan that has to carry the talks forward.

    As Pakistan has already said that the talks can resume only if India responds to the roadmap including insistence for the resumption of the composite dialogue, as reported by TOI on March 23, the February 25 talks now appear no more than a symbolic exercise meant only to calm the nerves of the international community.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indo-Pak-talks-hit-dead-end/articleshow/5758143.cms

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  173. India, Pak to launch major wargames at same time
    Rajat Pandit, TNN, Apr 6, 2010, 12.52am IST

    NEW DELHI: In a coincidence that has the potential of raising tension levels, the Indian and Pakistani militaries would be conducting major wargames later this month virtually within shouting distance from each other.

    Both exercises, involving thousands of troops, aim to test offensive strategies in the event of an armed conflict with the other side and will have active participation of their respective air forces.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-to-launch-major-wargames-at-same-time/articleshow/5763799.cms

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  174. Army plans largest exercise since ’98 Zarb-i-Momin
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Tuesday, 06 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army will conduct a major field exercise from Saturday to validate the concept of a new defensive doctrine for countering conventional threats.

    The exercise, code-named Azm-i-Nau 3, will be the largest since the Zarb-i-Momin war-games conducted in 1989. The ongoing PAF’s exercise High Mark 2010 will be fully integrated with the army field exercise which will continue till May 13.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-pakistan+to+launch+war+games+on+eastern+border-hs-01

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  175. Indian Americans rally to block F-16s sale to Pakistan
    IANS, Apr 6, 2010, 01.40pm IST
    NEW DELHI: A group of prominent Indian Americans, led by noted physician Sudhir Parikh, are lobbying hard to block Washington’s sale of F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan, drawing support from a large Congressional caucus.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/indians-abroad/Indian-Americans-rally-to-block-F-16s-sale-to-Pakistan/articleshow/5766357.cms

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  176. Britain not to meddle in Indo-Pak ties
    London, Apr.9 (ANI): Britain has clarified that it would not mediate between India and Pakistan over long pending issues between them, including Kashmir
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/04/09/britainnot-to-meddle-in-indo-pak-ties.html

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  177. Pakistan seeks US help to ease India tensions
    Published on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:11 | Updated at Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 16:27 | Source : Reuters

    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani urged Washington on Monday to help ease tensions with India but said there were no plans for the rivals to meet on the sidelines of a nuclear summit.

    Gilani said US President Barack Obama raised Pakistani-India tensions during their White House meeting on Sunday. Obama met separately with India’s prime minister on the same day.

    “President Obama discussed with me that he really wants … good relations (between India and Pakistan) and certainly it is in everybody’s interests to play a role, whatever they can play, to bring Pakistan and India closer,” Gilani said.

    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world-news/pakistan-seeks-us-help-to-ease-india-tensions_451407.html

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  178. Manmohan guarded on future Pakistan policy
    Siddharth Varadarajan

    Washington: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may have got away with “running into” his Pakistani counterpart twice during the Nuclear Security Summit, which ended here on Tuesday, but Indian officials know a more substantial encounter between the two men during the SAARC summit in Bhutan at the end of the month is inevitable.

    Their problem: stumbling into each other at a large venue requires little planning or effort; but avoiding each other at a small venue calls for a lot of both.

    “I did run into [Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani] twice and we exchanged pleasantries,” Dr. Singh told reporters of his Washington experience. “In fact, I complimented [him] on the passage of the Constitution Amendment which makes the Prime Minister a more powerful personality in Pakistan’s political system,” he said, adding that beyond that there was no serious discussion on any other issue.

    http://www.thehindu.com/2010/04/15/stories/2010041555630100.htm

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  179. Jaswant: we can undo the consequences of Partition
    Anita Joshua

    He is on a three-city tour of Pakistan to launch his book from a new publishing stable

    Using the goodwill he has earned among Pakistanis with his “just and fair” assessment of the country’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the former Indian External Affairs Minister, Jaswant Singh, on Wednesday sought to dispel the apprehension that India still harbours a desire to undo the Partition.

    “The Partition is a fact. You cannot undo a fact; though its consequences can be undone. It is a wrong impression that India wants to undo the Partition. But, India does want to live in peace,” Mr. Singh said while addressing a large gathering here during a stopover on his three-city tour of Pakistan to launch his book Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence from a new publishing stable.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/article397465.ece

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  180. US Senators to Pak: Focus on improving trade ties with India

    A bipartisan US Congressional delegation, comprising of influential lawmakers who recently visited Pakistan and Afghanistan, have asked the leaders in Islamabad to focus on improving trade relationship with India and building people-to-people contact.

    “We urged them to make sure that they sought better relations with India, especially along the lines of trade,” Congressman Rob Wittman told reporters at a news conference here on their return from the region.

    The Congressional delegation included Senators Tom Carper, John Ensign and Scott Brown.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/americas/US-Senators-to-Pak-Focus-on-improving-trade-ties-with-India/531634/H1-Article1-531469.aspx

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  181. I don’t know if this is a credible news report however, it’s filed by someone called Christina Palmer for Daily Mail News.com – I found it kind of funny and strange…If its true, then it’s quite interesting…

    Indian Commanders grill MI Chief over Intel failure in Azm-e-Nau
    —RAW Chief directed to create Kyrgyzstan like scenario in Pakistan
    —Agency asked to fund protestors in Pakistan over loadshedding, price hike issue
    —180 million dollars approved for smuggling Pakistani wheat to Afghanistan to create flour crisis across Pakistan
    —RAW also given an unspecified and un-auditable amount for organizing suicide bombing in Pakistan
    —MI Chief praised for Afghanistan performance but snubbed for failure on intel about Pakistan Army’s joint exercises with PAF

    From Christina Palmer

    NEW DELHI—Some more details of the 2-day special conference of the commanders of the joint Forces of India that ended here yesterday have surfaced.
    Highly credible defiance sources revealed that on the last day of the conference, the participants where appreciated the Military Intelligence Chief General Loomba there they showed their utmost resent over his failure in pre-empting the Pakistan Army’s Joint execrates with Pakistan Air Force, code named Azm-e-Nau that are in full swing at the moment. Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal P V Naik grilled the MI Chief general Loomba for nto collecting the sufficient intlelignce about the ongoing war exercises’ of Pakistan Army. The sources say that Loomba completely failed to give any reasonable intelligence output to the participants the war games that the Pakistanis were conducting in the southern part of the Punjab Province of their country.
    The sources say that the Chief of top spy agency the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) K C Verma was the one who stole the show on the day-2 of the conference as he not only got immense commendation by the participants for his briefing on operations in Pakistan and China but also managed to grab the endorsement for the approval of a huge amount of funds for future operations in Pakistan and China. The sources say that the RAW Chief was directed by the commanders to create Kyrgyzstan like situation in Pakistan and must exploit Pakistan’s internal crisis like the energy crisis, the price hike etc. The RAW chief apprised the participants that his agency had already started work in this direction. He disclosed to the participants that his agency was already in touch with certain elements in Pakistan to fund the anti-government protests over the constant power outage and jobless youth was being engaged on daily wages basis for the purpose. He further briefed the participants that at least the three foreign Independent Power Producers (IPPs) were already paid handsome amount of money for producing less electricity while Pakistan Power Minister was already helping the agenda as he was himself engaged in prolonging to power crisis so that he can bring in rental power projects that could earn him highly lucrative kickbacks.
    The RAW boss also briefed the participants that an amount of 180 million US dollars had already been disbursed amongst certain drug leaders in Afghanistan to smuggle out Wheat from Pakistan to Afghanistan by the start of month of May so that the flour crisis could be generated at the same time to destabilize the State. He further sought the recommendation for an unspecified amount for organizing suicide bombings and sectarian clashes acrooss Pakistan while a similar recommendation was sought for creating unrest in China’s Xinjiang province via Afghanistan by funding and patronizing East Turkistan Islamic Movement( ETIM). He assured the participants that his agency was fully capable of creating Kyrgyzstan like situation in Pakistan and it was just a matter of time and money upon which he got full endorsement of the commanders. More details of the last day’s proceedings are likely to follow shortly.

    http://dailymailnews.com/0410/20/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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  182. India sounds like wanna-be USA! Kind of funny. 🙂

    Pakistan has to do more on terror front: Krishna
    April 20th, 2010 – 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Tuesday said Pakistan has to do much more to mitigate India’s core concern of terrorism.
    “With Pakistan, the core concern remains mitigation and removal of terrorism. We want Pakistan to do much more on this front,” Krishna said in Lok Sabha after a discussion on demand for grants for his ministry.

    He asserted that it had been conveyed to Pakistan at several levels that “unless the question of terror is addressed by Pakistan,” India will not resume the composite dialogue.

    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/south-asia/pakistan-has-to-do-more-on-terror-front-krishna_100351079.html

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  183. Pakistan asks India to hand over Mumbai attacker

    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has asked India to hand over the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai attacks so that it can complete its own trial of seven suspects linked to the assault, officials said Sunday.

    “We have sought India’s help that he (Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab) should be handed over to us so that the trial here can go forward,” foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP.

    Basit said that Pakistan on Sunday handed over to India six dossiers on its own investigation into Mumbai attacks, with a request that India in turn hand over Kasab and an Indian national, Fahim Ansari, who helped the attackers.

    Pakistan is holding seven suspects linked to the November 26-29 attack on India’s financial capital, including alleged mastermind of the operation, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Zarar Shah.

    India and Washington have both blamed the Mumbai attack on the LeT.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iiz59O4AqLveCKzz2Vls4LQ7mqsA

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  184. Qureshi asks India to change its policy towards Pakistan

    MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has made it clear that India has no option other than to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of long-lingering disputes between both the countries. Pakistan and India are the nuclear armed nations, therefore, it is vital that both should come to the negotiation table for long-lasting peace in the region, he said this while talking to the media after convocation of Bahauddin Zikria university here on Saturday. Pakistan has always intended to have cordial relations with India and we want that India should come forward and hold composite dialogue with us, he said.

    http://www.regionaltimes.com/25apr2010/frontpagenews/queshi.htm

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  185. Indian government must evolve consensus over Kashmir, water issue: Qureshi
    Sunday, April 25, 2010, 7:15 [IST]

    Multan, Apr.25 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that long pending issues with India, including river water sharing and Kashmir could not be resolved unless the Indian government brings a positive change in its attitude and evolves a consensus in this regard.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/04/25/indiangovernment-must-evolve-consensus-over-kashmirw.html

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  186. Consensus within Indian govt needed on Kashmir: FM
    Sunday, 25 Apr, 2010

    MULTAN, April 24: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said India needs to evolve consensus within its own government on resolving water and Kashmir issues.

    He said Pakistan was ready for talks with India, but it (India) should also bring a “positive change” in its attitude regarding talks.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-consensus+within+indian+govt+needed+on+kashmir+fm–bi-05

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  187. Indo-Pakistan proxy war heats up in Afghanistan
    By TIM SULLIVAN
    The Associated Press
    Sunday, April 25, 2010; 12:29 PM

    KABUL — Across Afghanistan, behind the obvious battles fought for this country’s soul, a shadow war is being quietly waged. It’s being fought with spies and proxies, with hundreds of millions of dollars in aid money and ominous diplomatic threats.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/25/AR2010042501459.html

    Manmohan to meet Karzai on Monday, Taliban worry tops agenda
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Delhi, April 25, 2010

    A day before Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives in New Delhi on a two-day visit, his Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul was in the Indian capital on Sunday on a daylong trip for talks that are expected to see India airing its concerns over a proposal to reintegrate the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, when he meets Rassoul over dinner, is expected to raise India’s growing concerns over the proposed reintegration.

    Rassoul is likely to brief the Indian side on the “peace jirga”, a meeting of tribal elders that is expected to be held next month after Karzai returns from Washington.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/newdelhi/Manmohan-to-meet-Karzai-tomorrow/Article1-535589.aspx

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  188. Qureshi says will contact Krishna to set dates for talks
    PTI, May 5, 2010, 12.05am IST

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said he would contact his Indian counterpart S M Krishna this month to suggest two sets of dates for a meeting to work out modalities for the resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

    “My intention is to invite (Krishna) to Pakistan. We can sit together and take up things according to the responsibility entrusted to us by the two Prime Ministers and move forward,” Qureshi said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Qureshi-says-will-contact-Krishna-to-set-dates-for-talks/articleshow/5891011.cms

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  189. Pakistan to move arbitration court on Kishanganga project
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 03 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has finally decided to approach the International Court of Arbitration against construction of the controversial Kishanganga Hydropower Project by India in alleged violation of 1960 Indus Waters Treaty and has formed a team of legal experts to fight the case.

    Informed sources told Dawn on Sunday that Professor Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad, an international legal expert of Pakistan origin, would lead the team at the International Court of Arbitration.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-construction-of-kishanganga-project-by-india-pakistan-to-move-arbitration-court-350-hh-01

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  190. The 5-point agenda to boost Indo-Pak trade
    May 19, 2010 16:07 IST
    Tags: Times of India Group, Pakistan, Aman ki Asha, Pranab Mukherjee, Jang Group

    The corporate leadership of India and Pakistan on Wednesday strongly urged the two governments to take all necessary steps to realise the tremendous potential of trade and commerce between the two countries.

    The meeting noted with concern that South Asia is the world’s least economically integrated region.

    The entrepreneurs and CEOs of the two nations were meeting in New Delhi [ Images ] under the auspices of the Aman ki Asha initiative launched by the Times of India [ Images ] Group and the Jang Group.

    Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee [ Images ], in his inaugural address, too stressed the strong linkage and interdependence between peace and sustained economic growth and development of the two countries.

    Industry leaders of both countries agreed that economic cooperation is crucial to peace and progress in a region that has the highest concentration of people living below the poverty line.

    http://business.rediff.com/report/2010/may/19/the-5-point-agenda-to-boost-indo-pak-trade.htm

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  191. India preparing response to Pakistan on Kishanganga project
    India is preparing its response to the note verbale sent by Pakistan on the 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project on Kishanganga river, a tributary of Jhelum in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Islamabad has threatened to set up a court of arbitration to resolve the issue, even as India maintains that there is no violation of the Indus Waters Treaty and it is well within its rights to divert Kishanganga waters. So far India has said that the matter should be resolved bilaterally.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article435425.ece

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  192. India’s approach self-delusional: Pak
    PTI, May 26, 2010, 02.07pm IST

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked the US to nudge India to address contentious issues in order to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries instead of looking at the distrust solely through the prism of terrorism, a media report said on Wednesday.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Indias-approach-self-delusional-Pak/articleshow/5976455.cms

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  193. Ha Ha Ha Ha! Found this funny news report….for a minute I thought it was a joke but its been reported in Dawn so could be true!

    Pigeon held in India on suspicion of spying for Pak
    Friday, 28 May, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for arch rivals and neighbours Pakistan, media reported on Friday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/pigeon+held+in+india+on+suspicion+of+spying+for+pak

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  194. Threat to destroy Indian N-plant stopped attack on Kahuta
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Friday, 28 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan had warned India in the early 80s that an attack on nuclear assets in Kahuta would evoke a retaliatory strike on its Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Trombay.This has been revealed by the then Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal M. Anwar Shamim, in his book “Cutting Edge PAF” launched here on Thursday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/threat-to-destroy-indian-nplant-stopped-attack-on-kahuta-book-850

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  195. Come on in, the water’s fine
    By Irfan Husain
    Saturday, 29 May, 2010

    The sight of India and Pakistan contemplating peace talks is not unlike two boys by the sea: one sticks his toe in the water and decides it’s too cold, while the other plunges in, shouting “The water’s fine!”, and urging the other kid to join him. This time, Pakistan is asking America, the adult on the beach, to persuade India to get into the water.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/21-irfan-husain-come-on-in-the-waters-fine-950-sk-07

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  196. India, Pakistan commissioners on Indus water meet in Delhi
    2010-05-31 18:40:00

    Members of India- Pakistan Permanent Indus Water Commission met here today to hold talks on a range of issues relating to Indus water.

    Pakistan has threatened to move the World Bank over the Kishenganga power project on the Indus River in Kashmir, which it alleges violates the Indus Water Treaty.

    The 1960 Indus Water Treaty governs the use of water flowing down rivers from Indian Kashmir into Pakistan.

    Under the accord, India has the use of water from three rivers in the east – the Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi.

    Pakistan was awarded use of the waters of the western rivers – the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.

    But Pakistan has accused India of violating the Treaty by reducing the flow of water down its rivers.

    In particular, Pakistan has objected to two planned Indian projects, the Wullar Barrage, as it is known in Pakistan, or the Tulbul Navigation Project, as India calls it, as well as the Kishan-Ganga Hydroelectric and Water-diversion Project.

    Earlier, Pakistan had also raised objections to India’s Baglihar Hydropower and Water Storage Project on the River Chenab. (ANI)

    http://sify.com/news/india-pakistan-commissioners-on-indus-water-meet-in-delhi-news-national-kf5sEejacib.html

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  197. Pakistan, India close to deal on 2 power projects

    * Jamaat Ali Shah says consensus evolved on 250-MW Uri-II power project coming up on River Jehlum
    * Both sides expected to find a solution to controversial Chutak hydroelectric project

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan are close to an agreement on two power projects coming up in Indian-held Kashmir, which have been a major bone of contention between the two countries over the past two years.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\01\story_1-6-2010_pg7_1

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  198. India violating Indus water treaty: FO
    Thursday, 03 Jun, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: India is committing severe violation of the Indus water treaty, stated the Foreign Office Spokesman, Abdul Basit in a weekly briefing on Thursday.

    Pakistan had not received any details of the recent meeting of the Indus water commissioner and it still held reservations about Indo-Pak water issue, he added.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-india+violating+indus+water+treaty+fo–bi-06

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  199. India relaxes citizenship norms for Pakistanis
    By PPI

    June 11, 2010

    DELHI: India relaxed citizenship norms for certain categories of Pakistani nationals staying in India on Friday and asked state governments and Union territories to sympathetically consider requests for extension of long-term visa (LTV).

    The categories of Pakistani nationals who would be covered include members of minority communities in Pakistan (Hindus and Sikhs), Pakistani women married to Indian nationals and staying in India, Indian women married to Pakistani nationals and returning due to widowhood/divorce and having no male member to support them in Pakistan and other cases involving extreme compassion, a home ministry official was quoted as saying by Indian media.

    In its direction to state governments, India’s home ministry said since such Pakistani nationals have come to India permanently with the intention to attain Indian citizenship, state governments should sympathetically consider cases for extension of LTV without insisting on validity of passports as per the provisions of the gazette notification issued on May 15 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/20519/india-relaxes-citizenship-norms-for-pakistanis/

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  200. Rao to hold talks on June 24 to finalise FMs meeting agenda
    Press Trust Of India
    Islamabad, June 15, 2010

    Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad on June 24 to finalise the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.

    Rao is scheduled to arrive in the capital on June 23 and will hold talks with the Pakistani Foreign Secretary the following day, diplomatic sources said.

    The parleys will focus on the agenda for a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to be held in Islamabad on July 15, the sources said.

    Qureshi had recently said that Rao would accompany Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram when he travelled to Islamabad to attend a SAARC Interior Ministers meeting on June 26. However, sources said the Indian Foreign Secretary had decided to advance her visit due to other engagements.

    An inter-ministerial meeting will be held tomorrow to finalise Islamabad’s approach to the meeting between the two Foreign Secretaries, the sources said.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Rao-to-hold-talks-on-June-24-to-finalise-FMs-meeting-agenda/Article1-558261.aspx

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  201. Rao-Bashir talks to focus on ‘softer’ issues
    Indrani Bagchi, TNN, Jun 24, 2010, 02.48am IST

    NEW DELHI: For the Indian government, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao’s talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on Thursday will be in the nature of a Mars rover probe, the whole idea being to find common areas to work on, most possibly in the “softer” areas of people-to-people contact, cross-LoC trade, humanitarian issues etc. It will be to bring down temperatures, probe Pakistan’s mind on the peace process, back channel negotiations on J&K etc, while keeping the pressure on Islamabad to act on terrorism.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rao-Bashir-talks-to-focus-on-softer-issues/articleshow/6084288.cms

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  202. Centre warns of attacks

    India sounded a nation-wide terror alert on Wednesday after intelligence agencies gave inputs that groups opposed to Indo-Pak talks were planning to carry out an attack to disrupt the dialogue process.

    The alert comes ahead of the crucial three-day visit by Home Minister P. Chidambaram to Islamabad for the SAARC Home Ministers conference. This is the first time that home ministers of the two countries would come face to face after 26/11 Mumbai attack.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Centre-warns-of-attacks/Article1-562273.aspx

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  203. India, Pakistan to focus on the doable

    Anita Joshua

    Foreign Secretaries decide to build trust

    ISLAMABAD: Conscious of the historical baggage, but unwilling to be burdened by it, India and Pakistan on Thursday inched closer to each other during the Foreign Secretary-level talks here.

    Both sides held out the possibility of some tangible outcome after the July 15 ministerial engagement.

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/25/stories/2010062561980100.htm

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  204. India, Pakistan in first substantive talks since 26/11

    * Ex Indian foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh says old composite dialogue is dead
    * Says foreign ministers will probably come up with a new format that will include new issues
    * Analyst Hassan Askari Rizvi says Kashmir violence will be brought up in July 15 meeting, but it won’t be the focus of talks

    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan will take the first step next week in trying to revive a peace process broken off after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but no one is realistically expecting any dramatic progress.

    The meeting comes at a time when India has sent in its army to control weeks of violent anti-government protests in the Indian-held Kashmir.

    The July 15 talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries could see them framing a new format to replace the composite dialogue, which India suspended after the Mumbai attacks.

    That new format could free up the peace process from a political bind.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\10\story_10-7-2010_pg7_8

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  205. Pakistan and Indian Foreign Ministers to meet on July 15
    ISLAMABAD, Jul 12 (APP): Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will arrive here on July 14 on the invitation of Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi for bilateral talks scheduled to take place on 15 July.Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi took the members of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security into confidence at a special briefing for them regarding the Pakistan-India relations and forthcoming talks with his Indian counterpart.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=108977&Itemid=2

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  206. Krishna should visit Srinagar instead
    By Jawed Naqvi
    Monday, 12 Jul, 2010

    In our world of mealy-mouthed morality, diplomatic subterfuge and spurious ideological grandstanding go together. A Sinhalese minister is applauded for going on a Gandhi-like fast to stop a UN team from probing the alleged massacre of Tamil civilians by Sri Lankan troops.

    A peace flotilla is attacked by Israeli commandos and the blame is put on its unarmed occupants who are not only killed but are painted by the global media as agent provocateurs. A gaggle of schoolchildren are slaughtered in Kashmir by paramilitary forces roaming their homeland and get described as cohorts of Pakistani terrorists. Champions of peaceful struggles please note.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-jawed-naqvi-perhaps-mr-krishna-should-visit-srinagar-instead-270-hh-01

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  207. Kashmiris protest in Delhi, pune against civilian killings in IHK
    Submitted 1 hr 23 mins ago
    Kashmiris staying in New Delhi and Pune staged peaceful protests demanding an end to the spate of killings by Indian troops and police in occupied Kashmir.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/12-Jul-2010/Kashmiris-protest-in-Delhi-pune-against-civilian-killings-in-IHK

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  208. India, Pakistan to meet for trust-building talks
    13 Jul 2010, 1011 hrs IST, AFP

    ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will Thursday hold wide-ranging talks aimed at building trust and resuming frozen peace talks.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/India-Pakistan-to-meet-for-trust-building-talks/articleshow/6161656.cms

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  209. Terrorism tops agenda as Krishna heads to Pakistan
    PTI

    Terrorism that continues to emanate from Pakistani soil will be high on the agenda of External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna as he embarks on a mission to Pakistan tomorrow, in an effort to bridge the trust deficit that has affected the ties between the two countries.

    Mr. Krishna’s three-day visit to Islamabad to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, will also focus on humanitarian issues such as people-to-people contact, exchange of prisoners and bilateral trade. But from New Delhi’s point of view terrorism will be the key issue.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article513801.ece

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  210. Major issues between India and Pakistan
    Published on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 13:12 | Updated at Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 13:33 | Source : Reuters

    The foreign ministers of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will hold their first substantive talks since the Mumbai attacks of 2008 in Islamabad on Thursday.

    The talks between S.M. Krishna of India and Shah Mehmood Qureshi of Pakistan are widely seen as the first step in trying to revive a peace process broken off in the wake of the attacks on India’s financial capital, but no one is realistically expecting dramatic progress.
    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/major-issues-between-indiapakistan_469857.html

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  211. I Just saw this news report – source: AFP – what kind of gig is this? You ask Jihadis a bunch of questions and then say – hey, Pakistan wants to go to war over water? I hate this kind of journalism. Stick to facts – Pakistan has a water problem – if the talks don’t resolve them, wars won’t. People die eitherway. Talks however, don’t cost as much money as wars. So I have to have hope that both sides have some ”sane” negotiators in place! Propaganda is the worst form of news because its skewed. Sigh.

    Water row key to India-Pakistan rivalry
    By Waqar Hussain (AFP) – 3 hours ago
    BUDHAN KAY, Pakistan — For Pakistani farmer Ghulam Sarwar, only war with India can overcome the water shortages parching his crops and drying up his profits.
    His family owns 85 acres (34 hectares) in northern Punjab, traditionally the bread basket of Pakistan but where the country’s sizeable agriculture sector is finding it increasingly difficult to irrigate crops.
    “This year water supply is less than last year. Crop earnings decline every year and water shortages have affected 50 percent of our agricultural business. The problems with India can only be resolved with war,” said Sarwar.
    The 29-year-old says his family is forced to use costly motors to pump water in their village of Budhan Kay, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Lahore.
    “Our yields have declined up to 50 percent in the last two, three years. If things continue, agriculture will go down 75 percent in the next 10 years,” he said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g40cJ0HCO6TzMl5B-m1OKGb430Gw

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  212. Pakistan and India seek to revive peace talks
    Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:27am GMT

    By Zeeshan Haider

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers will meet Thursday in an effort to revive peace talks broken off after the Mumbai assault, although no one is expecting any breakthrough given lingering distrust between the old rivals.

    Shortly after his arrival Wednesday in Islamabad, Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said he would press Pakistan on progress of the probe into the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial hub that killed 166 people.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE66E0RO20100715

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  213. Former CIA official urges early solution of Kashmir dispute

    * Calls on US to intervene for solving the longstanding issue

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Robert Grenier on Wednesday called for an early solution to the Kashmir dispute for promoting greater regional stability.

    “Without a settlement of the Kashmir dispute, the Indo-Pak proxy battle which greatly complicates the prospects for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is unlikely to abate,” the former CIA chief of station in Islamabad said. Grenier, writing for the al Jazeerah news network, believed that without solving the Kashmir dispute, it would be difficult to isolate the terrorists who pose an existential threat to Pakistan. He was of the view that such terrorists could effectively undermine a nuclear-armed state and provoke a nuclear face-off between Islamabad and New Delhi. The former CIA official urged the US to use India’s desire for attaining ‘greater power’ in the South Asian region, as a diplomatic toll to encourage the settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\15\story_15-7-2010_pg7_38

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  214. Pakistan, India seek to rebuild trust with talks
    By SEBASTIAN ABBOT (AP) – 1 hour ago
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and India sought to improve their strained relationship Thursday with high-level talks aimed at rebuilding trust that was fractured by the deadly terrorist attacks that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai nearly two years ago.
    But analysts expected little concrete progress from the visit by Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who met Thursday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Krishna is the most senior official to come to Pakistan since the November 2008 attacks, which India blames on Pakistan-based militants.
    India has insisted that no real improvement in the relationship can come until Pakistan demonstrates its determination in cracking down on the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba allegedly involved in the attacks.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i_THH84S9bUIhGGUr1Hqcm5ssBVAD9GVBEJG0

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  215. Business as usual – what’s new? The same old, same old refrain. Indian media and politicians blame Pakistan, ISI, the army (Pak govt. and military) and Taliban (Afghan citizens/freedom fighters or terrorists depending on your definition of the term) seeming to bunch them together as one entity…Another case of double standards – do as I say, not as I do?

    Apparently, its okay to blame Pakistan for all terrorist activity in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan because surprise, surprise, LeT, TTP and Talibans are supposed to be the same guys and funded by Pak army – this Indian theory sounds odd on paper if you to stop to examine the whole thing -it raises more questions than it answers –

    1. Why is Pak army then fighting its own assets on its own soil? Why are those strategic assets then killing citizens of Pakistan almost every day if they are on the same side?

    2. Is Pakistan running with unlimited cash flow? (I didn’t know Pakistan was rich enough to fund three proxy wars – never mind, two in neighboring states?! and One with its own people!)

    3. So why do they keep asking the IMF, World Bank, ADB for loans to tide them over from one budget to the next every year? You know those guys, they won’t hand over the cash to fight some war that’s not in their interest – or is it?

    4. Do the rich nations actually want to fund Pakistan to fight India in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan? Huh? The mind boggles! Funnily enough, the impression the world media and especially Indian media creates, a layperson could be forgiven for thinking the Pakistani army is a separate state within the state of Pakistan with its own emperor! When on the face of it, its the civilians in charge of the military right now…hmmm. Or by the same token

    5. Are those strategic assets (terrorists-LeT, TTP, Talibans and others- active all over Pakistan) owned by Indian army and RAW then as its generally understood here – you know, “foreign hands’ theory?

    I am kind of bored creating this news log on India-Pakistan now! Sigh. They just keep repeating themselves over and over…

    anyway…

    Pak wriggling out of talks under pressure from army?
    Rajeev Deshpande, TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES, Jul 17, 2010, 02.48am IST

    NEW DELHI: The Congress leadership chose the “action-on-26/11 first” approach with Pakistan because it is loath to be seen as having forgotten the Mumbai attacks. It will not acquiesce in any attempt to change the order when Islamabad refuses to accept concrete evidence on ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.

    For Pakistan to suddenly try jumpstarting talks on Kashmir raises questions about its motives. Is it trying to wriggle out of the peace process under pressure from its army which is keen to push its Kashmir card again, while looking for an excuse not to take action against LeT and stop cooperating in the offensive against its other strategic asset, the Taliban, in Afghanistan?

    Whatever may be the case, India cannot oblige Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. India’s foreign secretary Nirupama Rao told TV channels that the onus was on Pakistan to make amends. External affairs minister S M Krishna said all core issues and burning problems between the two sides were discussed and considerable work had gone into preparing for the talks. “There was no ambiguity. I have confined myself to the mandate I was given to me,” he said while officials later pointed out the Pakistani side was well aware of what was going to be put on the table.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-wriggling-out-of-talks-under-pressure-from-army/articleshow/6178437.cms

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  216. Qureshi went too far, says ex-ISI chief
    NDTV Correspondent, Updated: July 17, 2010 08:36 IST

    Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was wrong in comparing the statements made by Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai, former ISI chief Hamid Gul has said.

    Gul, however also remarked that the timing of Pillai’s statement was not appropriate. He said that the remarks were unnecessary, from both sides.

    “I think that it was not necessary nor for Mr Pillai to come out with this on the eve of the talks and nor for our Foreign Minister to have gone to the extent to say this because I think it is only going exasperate already flared up sentiments. I think we need to douse the fires of aggression,” he said.

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/qureshi-went-too-far-says-ex-isi-chief-37961

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  217. India says talks with Pak “must go on”
    Saturday, July 17, 2010, 10:18 [IST]

    New Delhi, Jul 17: As India was greeted with hostility from Pakistan following the marathon Indo-Pak talks, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao tried to undo the negativity by stressing that the India-Pakistan talks had not “collapsed”.

    Speaking to a TV news channel, the Indian diplomat said that the dialogue between the neighbours “must go on”.

    Responding to the remarks made by Pak Foreign Minister, SM Qureshi, Rao said, “The comments came as a surprise, there was no real reason for the comments.”
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/07/17/indo-pak-talks-nirupama-rao-dialogue-must-go-on.html

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