India in Pakistan media Apr 30

Summary: Commentary and analysis of the relationship between trade and peace, critique of the Indian economic growth (as overheating, ignoring the poor), growing Indian proximity to the US, events in Kashmir were the widely covered stories. “Qayyum terms Musharraf’s proposals ‘breakthrough’”, “Safe passage for militants being discussed: Qayyum” — two key headlines on Kashmir. A Daily Times commentary article analysed the changing Indo-Pak military dynamic against the backdrop of possible resolution of Kashmir.

Total stories: 30
Bilateral relations: 5
Business & Economy: 8
Editorials & Commentary: 1
Foreign Affairs: 4
Human rights: 2
Kashmir: 8
Politics: 2

Bilateral relations

Softening of Indian trade barriers
Dawn
India has been denying that she is using non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to curb imports from Pakistan. But a small quantity of 5000 tons cement exported from Pakistan was briefly detained at…

Trade for peace and development
The News
The current state of affairs demands that the ‘state’ and ‘civil society’ of the sub-continent should look at the ‘Beijing Consensus’ like approaches for guidelines in resolving the bottlenecks in trade relations which can bring welfare and peace dividends in the final craft. The aim of such efforts should be to explore practical avenues which help increase trade by and between India and Pakistan so that the consumers and businesspersons make use of the emerging opportunities of globalisation along with bringing peace dividends for the people of the Indo-Pak sub-continent. There is no exaggeration in the claim that an increased bilateral trade between India and Pakistan will set stage for increased regional cooperation as well.

Pak importers likely to procure Indian sugar
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
It may be noted that reports from international media are suggesting that India’s output during the 2006/07 season (October to September) is likely to be …

India counselling Pakistan, others to develop railway corridors
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India is teaming up with neighbouring countries including Pakistan to develop global railway corridors to cut down travel time.

India condemns suicide attack in NWFP
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack in the North West Frontier Province in which 28 lives were lost.

Business & Economy

Indian economic bubble about to burst?
Daily Times
ITS gross domestic product has topped the trillion-dollar mark and corporate profits are at record highs, but concerns are surfacing that the Indian economic party is in trouble.

Auto czars make a beeline for India
Dawn
THE last few weeks have seen top honchos of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers make a beeline for India, either to inaugurate new plants, or to expand their existing production capacities in the country….

ICICI Bank lags forecast
The News – International – Pakistan
MUMBAI: India’s second-largest lender, ICICI Bank, lagged earnings forecast with a 4.4 per cent rise in quarterly profits, which were held back by the …

India’s disenchantment with call-centres
The News
Only a few years ago, call-centre business was booming in India. The country’s youths were attracted in large numbers to serve in those call-centres. They felt pride in being called employees of multinational organisations and drawing multinational pay scales. However, with the passage of time, the call-centres are reportedly losing their glamour and becoming a less important feature of the business world in India.

India faces immense challenge to uplift its poor masses
The News
However, strong economic growth of more than 8 per cent in each of the last four years has not yet been able to address chronic socio-economic injustices prevailing in India since antiquity. On the other hand economic boom is leading to sharp increase in economic inequality associated with massive social unrest and even with cataclysmic changes in society. It is deepening the sense of deprivation among the backward rural population. The worst affected parts have been its rural areas and its minority population especially the Muslims.

Indian-born steel tycoon still richest Britain
Daily Times
LONDON: Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal on Sunday again topped the list of Britain’s richest with a fortune estimated at 19.25 billion pounds (38.46 billion dollars).

Indian retailers get down to basics for profits
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
Food Bazaar, a part of Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd, is matching prices by buying from farmers’ cooperatives and wholesale markets, a model that new …

Mumbai shortages highlight India power crunch
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
MUMBAI: India’s financial hub of Mumbai is threatened with its first power cuts in decades, underscoring the depth of a power crisis that is crimping the …

Editorials & commentary

VIEW: India-Pakistan relations in a changing world —Dr Ayesha Siddiqa
Daily Times
Although India has a long way to go in perfecting the Cold Start concept, the model does change the military-strategic scene and poses the question to Pakistan regarding signalling to India about its threshold in response to the latter’s new military doctrine

Foreign affairs

India will become US partner, says diplomat
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan
WASHINGTON, April 29: A top State Department official called on Sunday for more military and foreign policy cooperation with India, predicting New Delhi …

More Indo-US cooperation urged
The News
WASHINGTON: Nicholas Burns, US undersecretary of state for political affairs, called on Sunday for more military and foreign policy cooperation with India, predicting New Delhi will become a main US s..

Indian, US officials to push again for nuclear deal
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
NEW DELHI: India and the United States will try to iron out differences next week over a crucial civilian nuclear deal amid impatience by Washington over …

EU Parliament president raises Guru clemency issue
Daily Times
LAHORE: Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam has said the judicial and other processes will be adhered to in deciding the case of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001,..

Human rights

Indian woman imprisoned by in-laws for 15 years
Daily Times
KOLKATA: Police in India have rescued a 40-year-old woman who was imprisoned by her in-laws in a dingy room for 15 years because she could not pay enough dowry. Police said the woman, Madhavi Das, was naked and locked in the room when policemen broke in with help from neighbours on Saturday.

Modi govt under fire for fake encounters
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi’s Gujarat government came under fire on Saturday in the Loko Sabha over fake encounters . The Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil deplored the encounters saying the Indian government would not resort to ‘terrorist tactics’ to deal with the terrorists.

Kashmir

Qayyum terms Musharraf’s proposals ‘breakthrough’
Dawn
NEW DELHI, April 29: Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, head of the Muslim Conference, said President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s proposals on Kashmir were a ‘great breakthrough’ towards resolving the Kashmir dispute….

‘Musharraf’s plan a great breakthrough’
Nation
NEW DELHI (APP) – Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, the Supreme head of Muslim Conference has said that President Pervez Musharraf’s proposals on Kashmir are a great breakthrough towards resolving Kashmir dispute.

Safe passage for militants being discussed: Qayyum
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan – Apr 28, 2007
NEW DELHI, April 28: India and Pakistan are discussing a possible safe passage to enable armed militants to return home from operations in Jammu and Kashmir …

Nine killed in Kashmir
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan
SRINAGAR (India), April 29: Eight suspected Muslim militants and a civilian were killed in continuing separatist violence in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, …

Nine die in held Kashmir
The News
HELD SRINAGAR: Eight suspected freedom fighters and a civilian were killed in held Kashmir, the army and police said on Sunday. Four of the militants were killed early Sunday in a fierce gunbattle wit…

Eight ‘militants’ killed in Kashmir
Daily Times
SRINAGAR: Eight suspected militants and a civilian were killed in continuing separatist violence in Indian-held Kashmir, the army and police said on Sunday. Four of the ‘militants’ were killed early on Sunday in a fierce gunbattle with troops in the northern district of Kupwara, army spokesman AK Mathur…

Unrest fails to restrict Kashmiri handicrafts
Dawn
SRINAGAR: Throughout the long years of fighting in the occupied Kashmir, craftsmen like Abdul Kabeer have survived by embroidering Kashmiri shawls that are prized worldwide for their rich texture and fine designs….

Kashmir handicrafts flourish despite war
Daily Times
SRINAGAR: Throughout the long years of insurgency wracking Indian Kashmir, craftsmen like Abdul Kabeer have survived by embroidering Kashmiri shawls that are prized worldwide for their rich texture and fine designs.

Politics

West Bengal clash
The News
KOLKATA: Local farmers and supporters of the communist-controlled state government clashed in India’s West Bengal state on Sunday, firing guns and exploding homemade bombs that killed two people and injured two others, a communist leader said. The clash erupted when communist supporters tried to ent …

Jailed Indian politicians use cell phones to woo voters
Daily Times
LUCKNOW: Six politicians awaiting trial on murder or abduction charges in lawless northern Uttar Pradesh state have been using “cell” phones to campaign for re-election from prison, police said Sunday. The politicians call their supporters who broadcast the speeches live to rallies from their mobile..

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