India in Pakistan media Apr 25

Summary: Reports about bilateral relations, Indian business and economy, and Kashmir were of continued interest to Pakistan media. The Manmohan Singh’s statements at the Kashmir roundtable drew interest from all the newspapers. While one headlined that Musharraf’s proposals on Kashmir were being discussed, the other reported Singh asking Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist activities. The Daily Times framed the meeting as being a mix of new ideas (trisecting Jammu and Kashmir) and old positions (peace with Pakistan and troop cuts to lowering of militancy). The recent cloud over the US-India civil nuclear agreement has been closely reported by the Pakistani media. Three editorials concerning India demonstrate an interesting aspect to elite views in the media. Shireen Mazari writing in The News critiqued the “appeasement of India”. On the other hand, another commentary in The News asked for a trade and business with India to not be held hostage to other disputes. Proposing a similar argument, a Daily Times commentary argued for opening of tourism between the two countries.

Total stories: 25
Bilateral relations: 4
Business & Economy: 8
Editorials & Commentary: 3
Foreign affairs: 3
Kashmir: 2
Law & Order: 2
Politics: 3

Bilateral relations

Musharraf’s ideas being discussed: Singh
Dawn
NEW DELHI, April 24: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated on Tuesday that President General Pervez Musharraf’s proposals to resolve the Kashmir dispute were being discussed at several official levels here and possibly with Pakistan too….

Singh asks Pakistan to stop ‘terror activities’
The News
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ask-ed Pakistan on Tuesday to honour its commitment to halt “terrorist activities” in Kashmir region. Addressing a roundtable conference of pro-India po

Peace process irreversible, says Indian delegation
Dawn
ISLAMABAD, April 24: The Pak-India peace process is irreversible and the people and parliaments will not allow any of the two governments to withdraw from it.

Guest in town: Rendezvous with Narendra Sharma
Daily Times
…He said that the Muslims and Hindus lived as one until political differences arose. “We shared culture, history, the good times and the bad. The only difference was of religion, which is a very personal matter and should not be the reason for conflict, and we are artists, therefore beyond petty politics,” he said.

Business & Economy

Indian sugar industry eyes sales to Pakistan
Dawn
NEW DELHI, April 24: Indian sugar producers are ready to sell 300,000 tons of sugar to Pakistan this year, but the deal will depend on trade negotiations between the two neighbours, a senior industry official said on Tuesday….

WTO sets up panel on EU-India dispute
Dawn
GENEVA, April 24: The World Trade Organisation agreed on Tuesday to take up the European Union”s complaint on Indian import duties on wines and spirits, a WTO spokesman said….

India’s central bank keeps key rates unchanged
The News – International – Pakistan
MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday left key short-term borrowing rates unchanged as it seeks to keep economic growth on track despite inflation …

Indian cbank holds interest rates steady
Daily Times
MUMBAI: India’s central bank left its key-lending rate steady at 7.75 percent on Tuesday, as expected despite worries about inflation, but it took steps to ease the upward pressure on its currency.

Rupee at 9-year high
The News – International – Pakistan
“All official statements seemed to say that they the Reserve Bank of India are absolutely comfortable and have no problem with the rupee’s strength,” added …

ADB to lend India $620m
The News
MANILA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday it has approved a loan of $620 million to ensure a sustainable power supply in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The loan will support India’s $5.3 billion power supply programme.

Vedanta to spend $1.37b for India’s Sesa Goa
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
The deal marks India-focused Vedanta’s entry into the lucrative iron ore market, adding to its existing strengths in aluminium, copper and zinc. …

India rupee at fresh 9-yr peak ahead of policy
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
Many traders expect the Reserve Bank of India will tighten norms for external commercial borrowings, known as ECBs, to stem the rupee’s gains. …

Editorials & Commentary

The state adrift?
The News – International – Pakistan
The most visible example of this drift is with regard to India and the existing conflicts — not just Kashmir but also Sir Creek and Siachen. …

Learning from China
The News
India is a special case for Pakistan because of its location in South Asia. Pakistan is not located in the Middle East or Central Asia, though these two regions do impinge on it the most among South Asians. Pakistan must have the closest possible trade and economic relations with India, while disputes, including Kashmir and the nukes, should be pursued separately in an amicable manner with patience. Let Kashmir or any other dispute not prevent full implementation of SAFTA in letter or spirit.

VIEW: Reality vs tourism— Alefia T Hussain
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
…That’s the ground reality. Can it be shied away from? At least not until Pakistan and India relax their respective visa policy bilaterally. When done, any supply of ‘bed and breakfast’ may fall short of tourists’ need!.

Foreign affairs

India voices concerns about N-deal with US
The News
NEW DELHI: Talks over a nuclear agreement between India and the US have been slowed by a series of “complex issues,” an Indian official said in comments broadcast on Tuesday. Speaking to a private Ind..

Talks over India, US nuclear deal slowed down
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Talks over a landmark nuclear agreement between India and the United States have been slowed by a series of “complex issues,” a top Indian …

Pakistan’s location makes it last stand against terrorism
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
“India is rightly seen as a strategic partner for the West, especially the US, which is playing a balance-of-power game using India against China. It is however, Pakistan, not India, that is key to stability in the new world order.”

Kashmir

Manmohan hints at trisecting IHK
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday spoke of his vision of splitting the state of Indian-held Kashmir into three – “Naya Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”.

CPI seeks political resolution of Kashmir dispute
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India’s Communist Party leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami called for showing urgency towards political resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Law & Order

Six held for trade in skulls, bones
Dawn
KOLKATA: Police in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have arrested six people for illegally trading in human skulls and bones following complaints bodies were missing from graveyards, a senior officer said on Tuesday….

Indian police kill 3 rebels
Daily Times
GUWAHATI: Indian police shot dead three separatist rebels planning attacks in the troubled northeastern state of Assam on Tuesday, a senior official said.

Politics

Gujarat police officers held for murder
Dawn
NEW DELHI, April 24: Three senior Indian police officers were arrested in Gujarat state on Tuesday on charges of murdering a Muslim man falsely accused of plotting to kill the state”s chief minister….

Top Indian cops held for murdering Muslim man
The News
NEW DELHI: Three senior Indian police officers were arrested in the western state of Gujarat on Tuesday on charges of murdering a Muslim man falsely accused of plotting to kill the state’s chief minis.

Top Indian cops arrested for Muslim’s murder
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Three senior Indian police officers were arrested in the western state of Gujarat Tuesday on charges of murdering a Muslim man falsely accused of plotting to kill the state’s chief minister.

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