Pakistan in India Media Mar 16

Summary: Like their Pakistani counterparts, the composite dialogue was reported in a positive frame by the Hindu and Times of India. But in a sign of senstivity to US relations with the other country, a $750 mn US aid package to Pakistan was also reported. The controversy over the sacking of the Chief Justice was widely reported. An Indian Express editorial used the opportunity to deride the state of democracy in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Total Stories: 12
Bilateral relations: 2
Foreign Affairs: 2
Politics: 6
Terrorism: 2

Bilateral Relations

A sense of real progress
Hindu
As the fourth round of the composite dialogue between India and Pakistan got under way with the March 13-14 meeting between the Foreign Secretaries, the delegations exuded a new sense of purpose. There is no indication yet of concrete decisions …

India, Pak keep peace boat afloat
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Keen to keep the peace process moving, India and Pakistan, at the end of two-day foreign secretary talks in Islamabad, didn’t come out with a joint statement but a more workmanlike list of decisions taken at the end of the discussions.

Foreign Affairs

US announces $750 million aid to Pakistan
Times of India – New Delhi,India
ISLAMABAD: The United States on Thursday announced 750 million dollars aid to Pakistan for development of the tribal areas under the grip of al Qaida and …

US to give Pak $750 mn to pacify troubled border
Indian Express
ISLAMABAD, march 15: The US aims to give $750 million to Pakistan for President General Pervez Musharraf’s plan to bring economic development to the border regions serving as a haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, a senior American official said on Thursday.

Law & Order

Two men, woman lynched in Pakistan for adultery
Hindu – Chennai,India
Karachi, March 15 (PTI): Two men and a woman accused of adultery were stoned to death by hundreds of tribesmen and bullets pumped into their bodies on the direction of a pro-Taliban outfit in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Politics

Chief Justice challenges panel
Hindu
Musharraf expresses faith in judiciary

Tight security ahead of Pak judge hearing
Indian Express
Islamabad, March 16: Security was tight in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Friday ahead of a hearing at the Supreme Court later in the day into accusations against the country’s suspended top judge.

“Attacks on protesting lawyers must cease”
Hindu
NEW YORK: The Pakistani Government must end the arbitrary detention of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and cease the police crackdown on lawyers staging peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch said the …

Nearly 100 Oppn workers held in Pakistan
Hindustan Times
Police swooped on Islamist and other opposition activists ahead of protests on Friday against the sacking of Pakistan’s top judge, arresting nearly 100 people, police and party workers said.

Neighbour’s envy, owner’s pride
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
In India, the Constitution is a living and trumping document. It is not so in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Pak bans TV show on CJ’s suspension
Times of India
A show on the Chief Justice’s sacking aired on Geo TV has been taken off the air as the government disliked the coverage.

Terrorism

“I was responsible for 9/11, from A to Z”
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,? Mohammed is quoted as saying in a …

‘Terror mechanism will stay’
Times of India – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI: Undeterred by BJP demands that he clearly rule out de-militarisation of J&K and scrap the India-Pakistan joint mechanism on terror, …

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