April 15, 2006 |
At least eight grenade attacks blamed on separatists killed five people and injured 30 in Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police said. The victims, three women and two men, were civilians who died of their injuries at a hospital, said Mushtaq Ahmad, a police officer. The attacks targeted police patrols, the main bus station and a promenade frequented by tourists and lined with hotels and restaurants.
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.
November 8, 2005 |
For all of his life, Syed Taneer Hussain has waited to cross the de facto border that divides the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and see relatives he has never had a chance to meet. But like every other day of belligerence between India and Pakistan, Monday ended in heartbreak. The 52-year-old teacher had thought his time had finally come. Following Oct. 8's magnitude 7.
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.
October 9, 2005 |
More than 18,000 people were killed when a powerful earthquake struck northern Pakistan, a military spokesman said today, in a disaster that entombed hundreds of children in their schools, flattened a high-rise apartment building in the Pakistani capital and devastated an untold number of villages. The magnitude-7.6 quake struck just after 8:50 a.m. Saturday in the disputed region of Kashmir and reverberated across a swath of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
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.
July 20, 2005 |
Leaders of Kashmir's Muslim separatists and exiled Hindus met for the first time in 15 years in a reconciliation bid Tuesday in the Himalayan territory. About 40 leaders of Kashmiri Hindus, known here as Pandits, met representatives of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, or APHC, an alliance of Kashmiri separatist groups, in Srinagar to discuss the safe return of Hindus to the territory. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both.
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.