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January 6, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani army accused Indian troops of launching a cross-border raid early Sunday in the disputed Kashmir region that killed a Pakistani soldier, while India countered that it retaliated with small arms fire only after Pakistan fired first with shelling and automatic weapons. What impact the incident will have on the recent warming in relations between the two nuclear archrivals remains to be seen. Cross-border firing between soldiers on both sides of the “line of control” that separates Pakistan- and India-administered Kashmir has happened on numerous occasions in the past, but raids over the border that involve soldier deaths have been rare.
November 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall in Kashmir claimed the life of an infant, the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for millions of Pakistanis left homeless by the October earthquake. Waqar Mukhtar, 3 months, died of pneumonia, Dr. Abdul Hamid said. Quoting the Pakistani military, U.N. official Elisabeth Byrs said that at least 300,000 people remain inaccessible in remote Himalayan regions. None have tents, she added.
July 28, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan met Wednesday for the first time in a year in a fresh attempt to reduce tension and reverse the slide in relations that followed a terrorist attack on this city in 2008. The meeting in New Delhi between Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna saw no breakthroughs, although both sides framed the session as a step on the road to enhancing trust between the two longtime rival nations. "While being fully cognizant of the challenges that lie ahead, I can confidently say that our relations are on the right track," Krishna told reporters after the meeting.
May 31, 2002
Re "War Is Likely if Musharraf Stays," Commentary, May 29: Benazir Bhutto, in her futile but voracious quest for power, thinks the panacea to all political and security problems of the subcontinent lies in the exit of the Pakistani military junta of Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Until the Pakistani military's intervention, the country was going through a political and institutional malaise. Bhutto was twice entrusted with the responsibilities of prime minister, and both times she was a total disaster.
October 25, 1987 | Associated Press
An avalanche killed five Austrian mountaineers in the Himalayan state of Kashmir when it swept away their tent, an official reported Friday. The five died Oct. 13 in the base camp for the Kun peak in Ladakh district, a rugged mountainous region at the northernmost tip of India, said a spokesman for the Austrian Embassy, Peter Launsky. One member of the expedition, Rudolf Purlacher, survived and reported the deaths.
June 21, 1996
"Hostages Languish as Public Interest Wanes" (June 6) misses the mark in depicting the U.S. government as unresponsive to the families of kidnap victims. The safety of Americans abroad is the Department of State's paramount concern, and while current kidnapping cases may receive less media coverage than in the past, we have never stopped doing everything possible to resolve them. But we must deal with the realities of international law and rely on local law enforcement officials, who also face constraints on their action.
January 27, 2002 | SELIG S. HARRISON, Selig S. Harrison has reported on South Asia since 1951 and written five books on the region. He is director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
"If Pakistan is an ally of the United States of America ... good luck to the United States of America." When Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh made this caustic remark to an American journalist recently, he was sending multiple messages to Washington. The most obvious one was that Pakistan remains a hotbed of Islamic extremists, despite President Pervez Musharraf's promised crackdown, and cannot be trusted. But at a deeper level, his words also serve as a powerful reminder that Indian anger over Pakistani provocations in Kashmir is directed not only at Islamabad, but also at the United States.
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