November 4, 2001
James Flanigan says that with the end of the war, in perhaps two years, the world, and the U.S., will be less reliant on Middle East oil ["After War, A World Economy Less Reliant on Middle East," Oct. 14]. His optimism is exemplified by the statement, "The aftermath of war will see pipelines laid through Afghanistan to bring Central Asian oil to Pakistan and India." Afghanistan may be pacified, but the larger problem of India relying on a pipeline through Pakistan is dubious. Should such friendliness evolve, there is the matter of cost.
June 13, 1999 |
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan broke off peace talks here Saturday as soldiers on each side let loose artillery barrages along their disputed Himalayan border. Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said there was no point in continuing discussions with his Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz, until the Pakistani government calls off the invasion of Indian Kashmir. "There is no dialogue," Singh said after the talks.
February 24, 1999 |
Bill Campbell in the Dallas Morning News: "If you thought baseball umps had a quick thumb, officials ejected all 50,000 fans Saturday at the Asian Test Championship of cricket between Pakistan and India. "Seems the home fans got unruly when it became apparent that defeat was inevitable. They tossed whatever they found nearby--rocks, glass and fruit, according to reports. "Pakistan won the match before a silent--and empty--house."
July 31, 1998 |
Indian shells fired across the troubled Kashmiri border killed 10 Pakistanis, highlighting the tensions that Pakistan and India are attempting to defuse in talks over the disputed border area. Twenty people were injured when Indian artillery pounded Pakistani army positions and villages, military officials said. The dead--six civilians and four soldiers--reportedly included a 6-year-old girl. There was no immediate comment from India.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1998
"Kashmir Border Duels, Rhetoric Heat Up" (May 27) accurately brings to focus the nuclear fuse, in expounding on the danger of nuclear warheads in South Asia: namely, 50 years of bitter conflict in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. That bloodstained land has ignited two pre-nuclear wars between Pakistan and India, and indescribable miseries for 13 million Kashmiris. The Kashmiri American Council urges both Pakistan and India to desist from nuclear "tit for tats" and to grant legitimate Kashmiri leadership a long-denied seat at the Pakistani-Indian negotiating table to end the Kashmiri tragic injustice.
January 27, 1996 |
Indian rockets slammed into a mosque in a remote Pakistani border village Friday, killing at least 18 Muslim worshipers and seriously injuring 20 others, a news agency reported. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan said two Indian rockets hit the mosque in Forward Kahuta, 180 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad. The report could not be independently confirmed.
April 8, 1994 |
Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott opened talks Thursday on his first overseas trip as America's No. 2 diplomat, but India and Pakistan gave a frigid welcome to proposals he carried for reducing the danger of nuclear war between them. Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, citing national honor, said she could never agree to constrain her country's "peaceful nuclear program" if India were not made to do the same.
July 5, 1987
One needn't leave the United States, nor travel to a remote valley in a Third World country (Carol Lastrucci, June 21) to have a column full of hotel horror stories. I spent two nights at the Swat Hotel in Saidu Sharif in Pakistan in 1976 while on a 72-day bus journey from London to Katmandu. The hotel, though ancient and dusty, as are many once-grand hotels in Pakistan and India, was otherwise quite all right--that is, no worse than some others on that trip, better than quite a few. I hope Lastrucci had time to do more than criticize her modest hotel while visiting the Vale of Swat.
March 29, 1987 |
A Soviet troop pullout from Afghanistan--the stated goal of U.S. policy--would not resolve the contemporary geopolitical problems in South Asia, nor would it deal with the inherent unstable political nature of Afghanistan itself. Despite huge infusions of war materiel and cash from the United States and sympathetic Muslim nations, the resistance has failed to oust from their mountain homeland the invaders from the steppes of Central Asia.