India in Pakistan media Apr 28

Summary: The Nation today quoted sources to report that Pak, India had agreed to identify Siachen positions — raising hopes of a settlement of the issue. Richard Gere’s apology over an “obsence kiss” was widely covered by all newspapers. In editorials, the Nation argued that the “Indian mindset” was not to be trusted over Kashmir. On the other hand, a Dawn editorial lamented that India, Pakistan, and the region had no interest in global warming, even though these countries stood to be affected the most. A Daily Times commentary article argued for extremism that is born out of manipulation of demographics, and quoted examples from India along with other. In regional affairs, Daily Times reported that India denied any military assistance to Afghanistan.

Total stories:21
BIlateral relations: 3
Business & Economy: 4
Editorials & Commentary: 4
Kashmir: 1
Law & Order: 1
Military: 1
Politics: 5
Regional affairs: 2

Bilateral relations

Pak, India agree to identify Siachen positions
Nation
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan and India have agreed on identification of their troops’ positions on Siachen glacier via satellite survey raising the hopes for the lasting settlement of contentious issue, said the diplomatic sources here on Friday.

PR’s high freight charges hindering exports to India
Dawn
KARACHI, April 27: Pakistan Railway’s high freight charges for wagons are hindering export of bulk commodities, like wheat and cement, to India which is importing huge quantity of these commodities to meet its domestic shortfall….

69 Srinagar, Muzaffarabad bus passengers cross sides
Daily Times
MIRPUR: Around 69 passengers crossed sides at the Kaman Aman Setu (Peace Bridge) at Chakothi-Uri crossing point along the Line of Control (LoC) on board the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus on Thursday, said official sources.

Business & Economy

Indian inflation steady, still above target
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Indian inflation remained steady at 6.09 percent, according to data on Friday, still way above the central bank’s target of five percent and keeping up pressure for more monetary tightening.

Carrefour puts India investment plans on hold
The News – International – Pakistan
NEW DELHI: French retail giant Carrefour has put on hold plans to invest in India due to concerns over political opposition to multinational retailers …

Indian minister urges Iran to honour gas deal
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India has urged Iran to honour a 22-billion dollar natural gas sales deal concluded two years ago, warning Tehran it could lose credibility if it went back on the agreement, a report said on Friday.

India to hedge wheat import price risks
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
NEW DELHI: India has said Friday it would attempt to hedge against possible costly grain imports this year by asking firms to agree prices in advance in …

Editorials & Commentary

Kashmir and Indian mindset
Nation
While there is merit in making serious efforts to move towards a normalisation of relations with India for mutual benefit, it is only wise to know the “neighbour” you are dealing with. Suffice it to remember how Shaikh Abdullah, Nehru’s bosom friend served India’s interests and how, as a reward, one fine morning in 1953, he was grabbed by Nehru’s security goons and thrown into a remote jail to rot for 13 years, without trial. This single fact speaks volumes about the mindset of those who on the one hand brutally repress the hapless Kashmiris struggling for their right of self determination and on the other sing sweet songs of prem and ashti, cooing into our ears: “we love you! we have the same culture!! Hum Aik Hain!”

Paying for the West’s sins
Dawn
THIS godforsaken region comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives has found time to discuss everything under the sun, but never the environment, ecology or climate. Yet this is where global-warming affects the most. The disappointing part is not the lack of knowledge. It is the lack of interest. I am not aware of any effort in the region to fight global-warming.

EDITORIAL: Bangladesh doesn’t have to ape Pakistan
Daily Times
In Bangladesh, the parties are more clearly divided at the ideological level than the PPP and PML in Pakistan. The BNP of Khaleda Zia advocates a Bangladeshi nationalism that leans on religion and exploits the resentment of the Bangladeshi nation against India. The Awami League of Hasina Wajed is the repository of traditional Bengali nationalism that deifies the language and prizes the linguistic connection with India.

VIEW: Demography of extremism — Saleem H Ali
Daily Times
Such contorted visions of demography became especially acute when the results of the Indian census were released in 2001. J Sri Raman has admirably described this propaganda campaign by Hindutva activists in detail along with an exposition of how Hindutva activists continue to mislead with erroneous analysis of statistics. Of the total Indian population of 1.028 billion at the time of the census, the Hindus totalled 827 million, comprising 80.5 percent of the population. The Muslims numbered 138 million or 13.4 percent of the population. The next in size were the Christians (24 million or 2.3 percent).

Kashmir

A ‘win-win’ situation should be evolved for Kashmir issue: Kashmiri leaders
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Two prominent Kashmiri leaders, former AJK Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday called for evolving a “win-win” solution for the vexed Kashmir issue that could be acceptable to India,..

Law & Order

Katara incident: India to introduce new rules for diplomatic passport holders
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India is set to make new rules for diplomatic passport holders following the arrest of Gujarat BJP MP Babubhai Katara in a human trafficking case.

Military

Indian soldiers seeking voluntary retirement
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Indian Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday admitted a spate of soldiers and officers seeking voluntary retirements from armed services and exodus of scientists from Defence Research…

Politics

Indian govt sets up body to review Centre-provinces relations
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Friday set up a four-member commission headed by retired chief justice of India Madan Mohan Punchhi to review relations between the Centre and provinces.

Richard Gere offers to apologise
Nation
New Delhi (Agencies) – Breaking his silence following the outcry over the kissing controversy involving Shilpa Shetty, Hollywood star Richard Gere today offered to apologise if he has “offended” anyone.

Gere apologises to Indians
Dawn
NEW DELHI: Hollywood star Richard Gere, ordered arrested by an Indian court for kissing Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, offered on Friday a “sincere apology” for any offence he caused….

Gere apologises to Indians over Shilpa kiss
The News – International – Pakistan
What is most important to me is that my intentions as an HIV/AIDS advocate be made clear and that my friends in India understand that it has never been nor …

Indian lawyers outraged over Gere’s arrest order
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Several Indian lawyers have voiced outrage over a warrant issued for the arrest for Hollywood star Richard Gere after he kissed Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness event, reports said Friday. “Magistrates should not behave like the Taliban moral police. The order is unsustainable…

Regional affairs

No Indian training for Afghanistan: India
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India on Friday denied media reports that the country was sending army personnel to Afghanistan to train the Afghan army, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

Myanmar to crackdown on Indian rebels
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
The meetings were held in Guwahati, the main city in India’s state of Assam. Another officer, Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, described Yangon’s decision …

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