January 19, 2006 |
India and Pakistan entered their third round of peace talks this week with little sign of significant progress toward resolving their dispute over Kashmir. After two days of negotiations that kicked off the latest round of talks, the nuclear-armed neighbors on Wednesday were only able to repeat an old commitment to seek a peaceful settlement to the Kashmir conflict and announce the opening of a second bus link across the cease-fire line that divides the Himalayan territory.
November 18, 2005 |
Civilians crossed the disputed Pakistani-Indian frontier for the first time since the devastating Oct. 8 earthquake. About two dozen mostly elderly men who had been visiting relatives in Pakistan when the quake struck walked to the Indian side across a dry riverbed under a damaged bridge at the Chakothi-Uri checkpoint. No one crossed over from the Indian side into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
October 19, 2005 |
Moved by an earthquake that unleashed death and destruction on both sides of divided Kashmir, Pakistani and Indian leaders agreed Tuesday to at least temporarily scale back barriers that have kept families apart for 58 years. During a visit to Muzaffarabad, the quake-ravaged capital of the region of Kashmir that Pakistan controls, President Pervez Musharraf appealed to New Delhi to allow Kashmiris to cross the de facto border and bring aid to suffering relatives.
September 11, 2005 |
Suspected Islamic rebels attacked a military convoy in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir, killing five soldiers and wounding three others. The attack on a highway linking the cities of Srinagar and Jammu came as the military convoy passed through the town of Awantipora. A Pakistani-based militant group claimed responsibility in a telephone call to a news agency.
September 1, 2005 |
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Kashmir's separatists for peace talks, a move that could boost efforts to end the decades-old dispute between India and Pakistan over the Himalayan region. Singh offered to hold talks Monday with the moderate faction of Kashmir's main separatist alliance, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, said Sanjaya Baru, the prime minister's spokesman. The talks would come before a meeting planned for Sept.
June 14, 2005 |
Fourteen people were killed and at least 100 injured when a powerful car bomb exploded near a school in a busy town in Indian Kashmir, security officials said. The dead in Pulwama town south of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, included two students and three policemen, the officials said. At least a dozen children were among the injured. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which damaged the school as well as dozens of shops, houses and vehicles.
June 12, 2005 |
A series of gun battles between government forces and suspected Islamic rebels in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir left five people dead. In Pungai, 125 miles southwest of Srinagar, a guerrilla and a police constable were killed in a clash, a police officer said. Another suspected rebel was killed when soldiers raided Seer Jagir, 35 miles south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.
May 22, 2005 |
Gunfire and a grenade blast in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir claimed six lives as the Himalayan territory observed the anniversary of the killings of two separatist leaders. In Srinagar, schools and colleges closed and shopkeepers shut their stores for a general strike called by separatists. The Awami Action Committee called the strike to mark the 1990 killing of its leader -- Kashmir's then-chief cleric, Mirwais Mohammed Farooq -- by unknown assailants.
May 13, 2005 |
A grenade exploded outside a school in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing two women and wounding at least 57 people, many of them schoolchildren and their parents, police said. The grenade was apparently thrown at a passing Border Security Force vehicle in central Srinagar but missed, officer Mohammed Hasib said. Police suspected Muslim rebels, but no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and most separatist parties condemned it.
May 12, 2005 |
A series of rebel bomb attacks and gunfights with security forces in the Indian portion of Kashmir left at least 13 people dead and dozens injured Wednesday, officials said. Suspected insurgents triggered a small explosion that detonated a larger bomb in an abandoned car on a busy street in Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, said Hari Lal, an officer of the Central Reserve Police Force.