December 15, 2001 |
The government demanded Friday that Pakistan make good on its pledge to fight terrorism by going after Islamic militants it blames for a suicide attack on India's Parliament that claimed 12 lives. India called on Islamabad to arrest the leaders and freeze the funds of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which it says was behind Thursday's attack, and another Pakistan-based Islamic militant group. Both are fighting for independence in the Himalayan province of Jammu and Kashmir.
August 27, 2001 |
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said he will meet with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in New York next month to renew peace talks that broke down over the issue of Kashmir during a summit in July, news reports said. The leaders will be in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, which convenes Sept. 11. They met last month in India but could not reach agreement on Kashmir, the Himalayan region that each of the nuclear rivals claims as its own.
July 25, 2001 |
India said Tuesday that it would pursue peace with Pakistan but vowed to crush the violent insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir state that has gathered momentum since last week's inconclusive summit. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee told Parliament that the bitter foes had achieved a "degree of understanding" during their summit July 15-16 in the Indian city of Agra, even though they could not agree on a joint statement.
July 22, 2001 |
Authorities suspended an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the Himalayas after Islamic militants attacked devotees with hand grenades, killing 14 people in the disputed province of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. Seven pilgrims, two police officers guarding the route, four porters and one militant dressed as a Hindu priest were killed, said a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity.
July 18, 2001 |
The most feared rebel group in Kashmir warned Tuesday that it will intensify attacks after an unsuccessful summit between India and Pakistan, while both countries said they will carry on with peace efforts. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrillas, said the failure of the Indian and Pakistani leaders to sign an agreement after weekend talks proved that a Muslim holy war, or jihad, was the only solution to the Kashmir dispute.
July 17, 2001 |
The leaders of India and Pakistan failed to agree on a route to peace Monday as their two-day summit degenerated into a public disagreement about issues as old as their conflict over Kashmir. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee agreed to try again at a meeting in Pakistan later this year. But with violence already escalating in Kashmir, their lack of agreement could prove costly.
July 16, 2001 |
The leaders of India and Pakistan agreed to hold a second day of one-on-one talks here today and to meet again at a follow-up summit in Pakistan, raising hopes that the nuclear enemies may be set to begin a serious search for peace. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf were expected to meet alone Sunday for only about 15 minutes, unhindered by Cabinet ministers and officials.
July 15, 2001 |
The latest search for lasting peace between India and Pakistan got off to a shaky start Saturday amid border clashes in Kashmir and political sniping over a meeting between Pakistan's president and separatist Kashmiri leaders. On the eve of his summit with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Pakistan's military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, defied Indian government pressure and met with the Kashmiri leaders, whom India has long tried to deny a direct role in peace talks.
July 9, 2001 |
As the leaders of Pakistan and India prepare for a peace summit near the Taj Mahal on Sunday, a storm is brewing over a diplomatic tea party. Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has invited separatist politicians from the disputed territory of Kashmir to a reception Saturday at Pakistan's embassy in New Delhi, the Indian capital, but India's government is trying to stop them from attending.
May 30, 2001 |
Pakistan and India took a step toward possible reconciliation as Pakistan's military ruler formally accepted India's offer of peace talks. In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Gen. Pervez Musharraf said, "We wish to see a stable and prosperous India at peace with its neighbors." Kashmir remains the focus of violence that included an assassination attempt Tuesday against the son of the top elected official in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir.