Pakistan, India make superficial gains in their relations

 Pakistan agreed in February to extend most-favored-nation trading status to India, which reduces tariffs and trade barriers, a move that India made in 1996. But the process has bogged down. The two countries recently opened a large terminal on the Wagah border that could help two-way trade triple to $8 billion a year. And India has agreed “in principle” to allow direct Pakistani investment, but a proposal to grant business people multiple-entry visas has stalled.




by Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times


[Am in a fix to decide whether this piece by LA Times is a factual assessment of the situation between India and Pakistan or is another media bid in th western world to mar the already bad relations between the two nuclear neighbours in South Asia]. [Nayyar]



Far from the paths of peace

  A cricket fan gets his face painted with the colors of the Pakistan and Indian national flags ahead of the ICC World Cup semifinal match between India and Pakistan, in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The decades-old rivalry between India and Pakistan moved back onto the cricket pitch, in a match that brought the Pakistani prime minister to India on a rare visit that did bring the nuclear-armed neighbors a step closer to peace. – AP Photo


by Dilnaz Boga

 All relationships are based on mutual respect and trust, and diplomacy is no different. Undoubtedly, the last decade has seen more downs than ups in Pak-India ties but just as things seemed to be settling down, the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has slowed down the process. In fact, the use of strong language at a time when peace in the region is fragile betrays the mindset of those who rally to its cause.

The Indian government was slow to react to the killing, giving a carefully-worded statement after a fortnight, reiterating the need for Pakistan’s co-operation to reduce terror on its soil. “The government is pressing Pakistan as well as mobilising international opinion to press Pakistan to bring the real perpetrators of 26/11 attacks to justice,” Home Minister P Chidambaram said. He added India will engage Pakistan “wherever we can” on issues like visa, fishermen, cross-border trade, exchange of prisoners. “Those are matters on which we are engaging Pakistan. I don’t think there is dichotomy or contradiction. This is the policy spelt out by the Prime Minister and I think, this is the right policy,” Chidambaram explained. (more…)

China at Gwadar

Pakistan-China aim to boost ties, posted with vodpod




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U.S. charges Pakistanis in 2008 Mumbai attack plot

FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 file courtroom sketch, Chicago terrorism suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana, appears before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, in Chicago. –AP Photo


[This is the clearest sign yet that the US is actually dumping Pakistan in favor of its preferred relationship with India (SEE: US lawmakers tell Obama, dump Pakistan and go with India).  Will the “gloves come off,” in the American campaign against Pakistan, forcing a geostrategic split, with the US and India on one side and China and Pakistan on the other?]

(Reuters) – Four Pakistanis have been charged as co-conspirators in the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

The four were previously mentioned, but not named, in indictments charging American David Headley and Pakistani-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana with helping to identify targets in Mumbai.

Headley and Rana have also been charged in a plot to attack a Danish newspaper that was never carried out.

Headley pleaded guilty in March 2010 and is cooperating with U.S. investigators about taking several trips to India — and later to Denmark — to scout targets for the coordinated and lethal assault.

Rana has been held since his arrest in 2009 as a conspirator with Headley, and his U.S. trial is scheduled to begin May 16. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

All of the four newly-indicted figures are linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the largest and best-funded Islamic militant groups in the region. The group is blamed for the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which killed 166 people in India’s commercial capital.

Those newly indicted were Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Mazhar Iqbal, and a fourth defendant known only by the alias “Major Iqbal.” None are in U.S. custody. All four are believed to be in Pakistan.

They were charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens and other charges related to the Mumbai attack and providing support to Lashkar, identified as a terrorist organization by the United States.

Mir was also charged in the plot against Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper aiming to revenge the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that enraged many Muslims and prompted protests.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago had requested the superseding indictment handed up by a grand jury on April 21 charging the four to be sealed to give the government time to alert U.S. agencies and consult with foreign authorities.

The Mumbai attack strained already difficult India-Pakistan relations.

India has said it is not satisfied with the pace of Pakistan’s investigation, and has demanded more people be put on trial for the attack, including the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Laura MacInnis)

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NEW U.S. STUDY – The Taliban have nothing to do with Al-Qaeda 4/4

Al-Qaeda is a fundamentalist movement advocating use of violence in the world. But we must understand that dictatorships, which foment fundamentalism or patronize such movements in the Muslim world were created by American Islamism itself.


by Agora Vox


Personally, I recommend one of Dr. House, whose two brothers are well known today, a little thanks to me, I confess. It’s not every day that a writer of Hollywod has two brothers who are fortunate to be rabbis, authors of the making of a DVD to Geert Wilders …

With this as HP, I admit it’s enough as a beautiful ghost. And if we do not believe enough, a short interview to Voice of America radio Islamist as everyone knows, would improve the image of the most famous ghost of the planet.

An interview in which he paid himself royally GW Bush’s head ” who says he can find us wherever we hid on this earth … we’ll see who is right, “he assures: such defiance against the military, the most powerful of the earth, admit that there was this specter of another stature than Casper!

A Mullah quietly recalling how ending the latest U.S. disputes, namely the defeat of Vietnam after the intensive bombing of entire regions where the Viet Cong were buried 15 m deep, sometimes admit that it is enough to tickle the U.S. military chiefs, always willing to use the method on May Curtis; i.e. carpet bombing aimed at both civilian and Defence, “to” break “in the first all support the idea of resistance. Omar, would he preach in the desert? Certainly not, read the report which concludes that the opposite effect produced by carpet bombing: that whole generations of young Taliban outrage at the massacres of civilians and the deliberate abuse … about how one of the most wanted men on the planet has managed to be interviewed in the studios of radio U.S. propaganda. (more…)

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