Pakistan in India media Apr 25

Summary: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statements during the Kashmir roundtable led to a few reports of statements about Indo-Pak relations: “resolution of all pending issues” and the need to “overcome the trust deficit”. He also refuted the statements (on an accord on Kashmir) as not giving the “correct picture”, thereby reiterating the Indian desire to be in control of the negotations. Reacting to these statements, the BJP leader Advani cautioned the government against any compromise on Kashmir. Interestingly, the Pakistan media reported that Manmohan Singh had ceded that the Indian government was examining the proposals. The interest in Pakistan’s domestic politics — reflected in the CJ case and Bhutto-Musharraf deals — continued. As also did two reports in the Times of India and Indian Express about the jihadi enterprise in Pakistan.

Total stories: 16
Bilateral relations: 1
Environment: 1
Editorials & Commentary: 1
Foreign Affairs: 1
Kashmir: 3
Politics: 5
Terrorism: 4

Bilateral relations

ISI, Bangla helping north-east insurgents: US think-tank
Times of India, India
The US outfit says in a recent report, that Pakistan’s ISI had asked Ulfa to refuse to negotiate with India. Painting a grim picture, Stratfor says …

Environment

India, Pak coastal areas at risk: Survey
Times of India
ISLAMABAD: The rising sea level due to continuing global environmental degradation may inundate many coastal areas in Pakistan, including its business capital Karachi, a UN survey has said.

Editorials & Commentary

Moving on the Kargil-Skardu road
Indian Express
The third round table conference on Jammu and Kashmir took place in Delhi on Tuesday. Ushering in peace within Kashmir remained the focus of the deliberations but we also need to look at the bigger picture. And this is where the Kargil-Skardu road comes in.

Foreign Affairs

ZA Bhutto offered to be US spy: Ayub
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Hassan was Pakistan’s representative at the UN for about three years until around 1960. Later, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. …

Kashmir

Relate JK troop deployment to ground reality, says Manmohan
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
I have said earlier we are working towards resolving all pending issues with Pakistan and the resolution will benefit the entire region”. …

Advani cautions Centre against any compromise on Kashmir
Hindu
…He alleged that two leaders of the banned terrorist outfits Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba had raised anti-India slogans at a recent rally in Kashmir. “Hurriat Conference leader Geelani, who is acting at the behest of the outside forces, was present at the conference,” he alleged and demanded that Geelani be arrested…

Initiatives needed to realise vision of a `New Kashmir’: Manmohan
Hindu
Pointing out that a harmonious neighbourhood and a reconciliation with Pakistan were important to realise the vision of an India and South Asia free from the fear of war, want and exploitation, the Prime Minister said for this it was essential to resolve differences and overcome the trust deficit that had cast a shadow on relations (with Pakistan). Dr. Singh said there were two dimensions to the problem of J&K — internal as well as external involving Indo-Pakistan relations.

Politics

‘Pak parliament to re-elect Mush’
Times of India
ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf will be elected for a second term in office by the sitting parliament before it is dissolved ahead of general elections due later this year or early 2008, PM Shaukat Aziz said.

Clash averted in Pakistan
Hindu
ISLAMABAD: Lawyers countrywide boycotted courts again and held protests alongside Opposition political parties on Tuesday, when Pakistan Chief Justice appeared for the sixth hearing of the reference against him. Police averted a clash between …

Pak. protesters arrested
Hindu, India
New Delhi, April 25 (PTI): About 50 Pakistanis have been arrested here for staying in the country without valid travel documents after they publicly burnt …

Pak groups ask Govt. to shut down controversial seminaries
Hindu, India
Islamabad, April 25 (PTI): Civil society groups in Pakistan have asked the government to shut down religious seminaries spearheading a campaign to establish …

Pak Govt creating problem in NWFP: MMA
Hindustan Times, India
PTI. Pakistan’s Islamist alliance has accused the federal government of creating trouble in the country’s NWFP and being involved in the rocket attack on …

Terrorism

Jihadist Media Thriving in Pakistan
Indian Express
A daily newspaper warns that Jews and Christians are engaged in “genocide” against Muslims. A Web site says children should love guns instead of cricket. A video shows a child beheading a militant accused of betraying his comrades.

‘Mosque grooming suicide bombers’
Times of India
ISLAMABAD: Islamic students associated with a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital Islamabad have been indoctrinated and trained to mount suicide attacks, a ruling coalition party claimed in a report released on Monday.

Spain, Pak agree to strengthen anti-terror fight
Times of India
Spain and Pakistan have agreed to strengthen their joint efforts to boost trade and to fight terrorism and illegal migration.

PM calls on Pak to stop terrorist activities
Hindustan Times, India
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opened the third Round Table Conference on Kashmir in New Delhi on Tuesday with a call to Pakistan to stop terrorist …

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