Pakistan in India media May 17

Summary: Musharraf’s plans to seek re-election was the most widely covered story. In an editorial, the Hindu argued that General Musharraf’s power and political stock had been undermined and asked if he “in desperation, score more own goals such as clamping an emergency?” In another editorial on the Sir Creek talks, Hindustan Times advised the government to resolve the issue amicably and by being flexible in negotiations.

Total stories: 8
Bilateral relations: 2
Editorials & Commentary: 2
Politics: 4

Bilateral relations

India, Pak to hold talks on Sir Creek today
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.

Aiyar & Co headed for local self-rule workshop in Pak
Express News Service
NEW DELHI:: A group of policymakers, intellectuals and elected Panchayati Raj representatives from across the country would visit Pakistan in July to share the experiences of local self-governance. Union Minister for Panchayati Raj Mani Shankar Aiyar would head the 50-member contingent, which will participate in a three-day workshop on local self-governance.

Editorials & Commentary

Musharraf’s crisis of legitimacy
The Hindu – Opinion
A week, they say, is a long time in politics. On May 5, even after Iftikhar Chaudhary made the point in Lahore that the people of Punjab were on his side, the possibility existed that President Pervez Musharraf could still fall feet first from …

We’re up the creek
HT Edits & Columns
India has to take a stand on the maritime boundary parameters.Until it does so, it is on a weak platform to negotiate with Pakistan, which has made its position clear, writes KR Srinivasan.


Musharraf set on re-election plan
The Hindu – International
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf appears determined to go ahead with a plan to have himself re-elected by Parliament and Provincial Assemblies. At a meeting of ruling coalition parliamentarians on Tuesday, Gen. Musharraf urged all government partners to stand together and prepare for his re-election in September-October, according to reports.

Gen vows to go ahead with re-election
ToI — World
President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly made it clear to the ruling coalition that he will go ahead with his re-election.

Musharraf to go ahead with re-polls
Indian Express
Islamabad, May 16 : Notwithstanding the criticism over the spiralling judicial crisis, 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.

Suspended Pak CJ: Lawyer cites Mumbai, US cases
Indian Express
ISLAMABAD, May 16: An octogenarian government lawyer dug into Pakistani and international legal history on Wednesday to defend the decision to suspend the chief justice that has provoked a growing political crisis.

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