Pakistan in India media Apr 26

Summary: Both the Pakistan and Indian media reflected the confusion over movement on the Kashmir issue, with reports that both supported and contradicted the Indian and Pakistan positions. While Musharraf’s reiteration that a solution was imminent has been covered by the Pakistan press and in India by Times of India (ToI), the ToI also carried a denial of the same by Manmohan Singh. On the other hand Indian Express carried an interview with Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, which revealed that the contours of the agreement would be revealed soon. Besides, the other widely covered issues concerning Pakistan in the Indian media were Benazir’s statement on her return “Time has come to go back to Pak” (all newspapers) and that it was in the “interest of democracy” (Times of India). The Indian Express (IE) and ToI also carried reports that the government had caved in to Islamists. The IE carried a commentary article which criticised Musharraf for engaging in foreign policy (help offered to Israel on Palestine mediation) at the expense of pressing domestic issues. Opposition Fazlur Rehman’s visit to India was covered by the Hindu which reported that he was pressing for keeping US influence out of the region.

Total stories: 17
Bilateral relations: 2
Editorials & Commentary: 1
Foreign Affairs: 1
Kashmir: 6
Politics: 6
Sectarianism: 1

Bilateral relations

Pak. leader for joint mechanism to check US influence
Hindu – Chennai,India
New Delhi, April 25 (PTI): Peeved at “pressures” imposed by the US and its allies in South Asia, Pakistan’s Opposition leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman today …

Pakistani father’s plea to Manmohan, Musharraf
Hindu – Chennai,India
But the twist in the tale is that the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi does not recognise Ishtiaq Shabbir, who is in a Visakhapatnam jail, …

Editorials & Commentary

Runaway general
Indian Express
Pakistan’s establishment has developed a mindset that considers foreign policy a substitute for evolving national cohesion and improving the life of citizens

Foreign Affairs

Indian officers to train Afghan army
Times of India – New Delhi,India
India, on its part, is worried at the growing Taliban-Pakistan nexus in Afghanistan once again, holding that it is detrimental to the security situation in …

Kashmir

‘This Sept, India, Pak may have a pact’
Indian Express
Days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri talked of substantive progress on Kashmir talks with India, Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has told The Indian Express that contours of the agreement will be made public in September this year.

J&K issue to be resolved soon: Mush
Times of India, India
ISLAMABAD: Paying rich encomiums to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has described him as a “credible leader and a man of …

PM: Kasuri’s remark on J&K deal erroneous
Times of India – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has denied Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri’s claim that India and Pakistan have agreed to sign a …

Mufti and SQ Khan call for a consensus on Kashmir solution
Hindustan Times
Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and veteran Muslim Conference leader and former Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) President, Sardar Abdul Qayoom Khan have called for a consensus driven approach in seeking peaceful solution of Kashmir crisis.

Govt should make public talks with Pakistan: Advani
Times of India, India
VARANASI: Expressing concern over reports that India and Pakistan were working on a “formula” to resolve the Kashmir issue, Leader of the Opposition in the …

Working group for opening more routes to PoK
Hindu – Chennai,India
… the Line of Control has favoured better trade, simplification of travel procedures and opening up of more routes to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). …

Politics

Deal with Musharraf good for Pak, says Benazir
Times of India
ISLAMABAD: Coming close to admitting to a deal with President Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said such an agreement could hurt her credibility, but was essential for the restoration of democracy in her country.

Time has come to go back to Pak
Times of India – New Delhi,India
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said that time has come for her to take the “risk” and return home from her self exile. …

Time has come to go back to Pakistan: Bhutto
Hindu – Chennai,India
Islamabad, April 25 (PTI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said that time has come for her to take the “risk” and return home from her …

It’s time to take risk, go back to Pakistan, says Benazir
Indian Express
ISLAMABAD: : Former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said that the time has come for her to take the “risk” and return home from self-exile.

Pak govt surrenders to Islamists
Times of India – New Delhi,India
ISLAMABAD: Bowing to pressure from radical clerics of an Islamic seminary, the Pakistan government has apparently agreed to accept all their hardline …

Pakistan agrees to clerics demands
Indian Express, India – 11 hours ago
Islamabad, April 25 : The Pakistan government has agreed to accept the demands of radical clerics, including the enforcement of Sharia law in the country. …

Sectarianism

Gunmen in Pakistan kill Shia lawyer, brother
Hindu – Chennai,India
Dera Ismail Khan(Pakistan), April 25 (AP): Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a Shia lawyer and his brother in apparent sectarian violence in …

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