Bush administration to intensify ties with India: Armitage
The Bush administration has made it
clear that it does not intend to wade into the effort to resolve
the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and that it
has ``the greatest admiration'' for both the Prime Minister, Mr.
Vajpayee, for having invited General Musharraf for discussions in
Delhi and for the Pakistani General for accepting that
We need to go beyond post-98 sanctions: Bush official
Mr. Richard Armitage, Deputy
Secretary of State in the Bush administration has a role in the
new administration's making of foreign policy that goes beyond
that of a mere deputy to the Secretary of State, Mr. Colin
Powell. Known to be a close associate of Mr. Powell, Mr. Armitage
himself is one of the leading ideologues who have helped fashion
the worldview of the new Bush presidency.
Pak. ready for talks on avoiding arms race
Pakistan is prepared to engage India in a
``constructive'' dialogue on avoiding arms race both in the
nuclear and the conventional weapons independent of the progress
on the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Sattar in U.S. for talks
In what will be the first high-level contact
with the United States since the Bush administration assumed
office, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, has
arrived here for talks with senior officials on a range of issues
which will undoubtedly include nuclear and missile proliferation
and the security situation in the Indian subcontinent.
Plan panel to discuss special status to Kashmir, Assam
The contentious issue of giving special
category status to Jammu and Kashmir with retrospective effect
from 1969, hanging fire over the past decade, is likely to be
considered by the full Planning Commission when it meets here on
June 27 under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Pak. fails to get membership
Pakistan's attempt to alter its image as
abettor of Islamic extremism in Afghanistan seems to have
backfired with the newly-established Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation taking no decision on Islamabad's application for
membership while admitting Uzbekistan.
Violence mars Manipur bandh
Irate youth blocked roads, burnt tyres and
torched effigies of political leaders on the second day of the
66-hour Manipur bandh called to protest the extension of Centre-
NSCN(I-M) ceasefire in Naga-inhabited areas in the State.
'Kirpan' allowed in Ram temple
The Uttar Pradesh Government today denied there
was any ban on Sikh devotees carrying `kirpan' inside the Ram
temple at the disputed premises in Ayodhya.
Has Pakistan's political mindset changed?
Has the Army brass across the border
concluded that a normalisation of relations with India is
necessary for the economic advancement of the people of Pakistan?
Is Gen. Pevez Musharraf ready to walk the high road to peace and
prosperity in the Subcontinent?
The motorcade of Bangladesh's top Opposition
Leader, Ms. Khaleda Zia, was today attacked by unidentified
assailants and trapped in a siege allegedly by ruling Awami
League supporters on the outskirts of Dhaka even as she accused
the Government of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, of trying to