Pakistan in Indian media Mar 31

Summary: The Indian coverage of Pakistan was largely uneven, possibly due to the lack of any major internal or external developments. The test of Hatf ballistic missile was the most widely reported, followed by Pakistan’s support for Iran’s participation in SAARC, and the report on human rights situation in Pakistan.

Total stories: 13
Bilateral relations: 1
Foreign Affairs: 1
Human rights: 2
Military: 3
Politics: 2
Regional affairs: 2
Terrorism: 2

Bilateral relations

No Pak visa to cyclists?
Times of India – New Delhi,India
MUMBAI: The sprightly team of nine adventurers who set off on bicycles from Panvel on March 1 for Pakistan on a peace mission, have hit a major road block a …

Foreign Affairs

Mush accomplished a lot in making Pak stable: US
Times of India – New Delhi,India
WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday said that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has “accomplished a lot, but there’s a lot more left to do” in a …

Human rights

Pak rights body blames govt for ‘missing’ people
Indian Express
Islamabad, March 30 : The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has accused the country’s law enforcement agencies of continuing the practice of forced disappearances and kidnapping without any check.

Amnesty slams Pak over ‘missing’ people
Times of India – New Delhi,India
In all probability, Khan has joined the growing ranks of the ‘disappeared’ in Pakistan — people picked up by intelligence agencies waging the nation’s ‘war …

Military

Pakistan test fires nuke capable missile
Indian Express
Pakistan successfully tested a short-range nuke-capable ballistic missile, the military said. It was the second test firing of the surface-to-surface Hatf-11 Abdali missile in a month.

Pak test-fires nuclear-capable missile
Times of India
The surface-to-surface missile Abdali has a range of 200 km and can carry ‘all types of warheads’.

Pak test fires nuclear-capable missile
Hindustan Times
Pakistan on Saturday successfully test fired short-range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile Abdali.

Politics

US wants Musharraf to fulfill ‘commitments’ during elections
Hindu – Chennai,India
Washington, March 30 (PTI): The Bush administration has said that it hopes Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will fulfill his “commitments” with respect …

Seminary students free kidnapped women after apology
Hindu
ISLAMABAD: The stand-off between the government and a radical seminary here ended on Thursday with its students releasing three women they had kidnapped after getting them to publicly “confess” their “sins” and ask for forgiveness.

Regional affairs

SAARC: Pak. to support Iran’s bid for Observer status
Hindu – Chennai,India
Islamabad, March 30 (PTI): Close on the heels of India favouring Iran’s association with SAARC, Pakistan has said it will support Tehran’s bid for Observer …

Pakistan to support Iran’s bid in SAARC
Times of India – New Delhi,India
ISLAMABAD: Close on the heels of India favouring Iran’s association with SAARC, Pakistan has said it will support Tehran’s bid for Observer status in the …

Terrorism

Pakistan leader gets jail term
Times of India – New Delhi,India
ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court in the Pakistan city of Lahore has sentenced a MMA district leader to five years in prison for making abusive remarks …

Qaida, tribals clash in Pak, 54 killed
Times of India – New Delhi,India
TANK (PAKISTAN): More than 50 people, most of them foreigners, were killed in clashes between Al Qaida-linked militants and Pakistani tribesmen on Friday, …

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