Pakistan in India media May 16

Summary: The blasts in Peshawar were the most widely covered story. The blasts were reported as retaliation against the killing of Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban leader, who was reported to have been killed in a U.S.-led military operation in southern Afghanistan. Hindustan Times reported that more such bombings were in the offing against “American spies”. While the Times of India reported about the west’s doubts about Musharraf, Hindustan Times carried an editorial about the President. HT and the Hindu also reported fresh challenge to Musharraf by Islamist leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

Total stories: 17
Bilateral relations: 2
Editorials & Commentary: 1
Foreign affairs: 2
Military: 1
Politics: 6
Terrorism: 5

Bilateral relations

India worried by turmoil in Pakistan
HT India
India fears that the political situation in Pakistan after suspension of Chief Justice is going out of control, reports Nilova Roy Chaudhary.

India, Pak to hold talks on Sir Creek tomorrow
HT India
Till now, both sides have finished the joint survey of the marshy area on horizontal and vertical axis and have reported progress on the issue.

Editorials & Commentary

Islamabad vs Pakistan
HT Edits & Columns
There comes a time in the life of every political leader when things pall and tested techniques of teasing public opinion lose traction, writes Manoj Joshi.

Foreign affairs

Pak, China to launch bus service from August
HT Latest News
A bus service connecting Paksitan’s capital with Kashgar will be launched from August.

West asks if Musharraf is dispensable
ToI — World
Pakistan’s continuing unrest and political turmoil may have set the clock ticking for the military dictator with Western capitals finally asking the loaded question: “Is Musharraf dispensable?”

Military

USA to upgrade Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets
ToI — World
USA has approved Pakistan’s request to upgrade a squadron of its old F-16 fighters with advanced targeting equipment to enhance their precision attack capability.

Politics

Plea seeks removal of Musharraf
The Hindu – International
ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, an Opposition leader petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday for removing President Pervez Musharraf from office as well as from his position as Army Chief. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of the religious ..

Qazi challenges Musharraf’s army job
HT World News
Islamist leader has filed a petition in the SC challenging Musharraf’s continuation as army chief after crossing the age of superannuation.

Nawaz Sharif predicts Musharraf’s ouster
ToI — World
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has said Musharraf is “a gone man now” and criticised President Bush for allowing him “to hoodwink the international community.”

Musharraf will go ahead with re-elections
HT World News
President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly made it clear to the ruling coalition that he will go ahead with his re-election by the existing assemblies later this year followed by the general elections.

Karachi creeps to normal after violence
HT World News
Life in Karachi is back to normal and stock market has recovered after two days of violence, which killed nearly 40 people.

Pak PM orders inquiry into killing of court official
ToI — World
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the murder of a senior official of the Supreme Court.

Terrorism

Peshawar blast claims 25 lives
The Hindu – Front Page
ISLAMABAD: At least 25 persons were killed and many others wounded when a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in a hotel in Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province.

Hotel blast kills 24, injures many in Peshawar
HT World News
Police have evacuated the hotel, cordoned off the scene and opened an investigation.

Suicide bomber kills 25 in Peshawar
ToI — World
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a hotel in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 25 people and deepening a sense of instability in the strife-torn nation.

Suicide attack kills 25 in Peshawar hotel
Indian Express
PESHAWAR, May 15: A suicide attacker detonated a bomb that ripped through a crowded hotel restaurant in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 30, police said.

Pakistan bomber warns US spies too
HT Latest News
The suicide bomber who killed 25 people in a hotel in Peshawar warned American spies of the same fate.

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