March 26, 1995 |
As a strike crippled major cities and Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto cracked down on those who organized the embarrassing work stoppage, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton flew into Pakistan on Saturday night to begin a lengthy visit to South Asia. The focus of Mrs. Clinton's 11-day, five-country tour will be health care, education and the status of the region's women. Accompanied by her 15-year-old daughter, Chelsea, the First Lady arrived in Islamabad, the capital, just before midnight.
February 22, 1999 |
The leaders of the world's two newest nuclear-armed nations agreed Sunday to a series of measures designed to cut the risk of war between the historical rivals. Prime Ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee of India and Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan capped a cordial weekend summit here, 20 miles from their border, by promising to warn each other of missile tests, swap information on nuclear strategy and refrain from testing any more nuclear weapons.
January 2, 2005 |
The Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami that struck countries that ring the Indian Ocean, resulting in thousands of deaths, has clouded the picture for travelers, who may be uncertain about plans made or tours purchased months ago. "We had 36 people scheduled for Bangkok; four people canceled, but 32 got on the plane and went" on Monday, said Marty Seslow, marketing and sales director for Gate 1 Travel, which sells tours to Thailand, among other Asian destinations.
May 8, 1990 |
From horizon to horizon, the wall slices through wheat fields, rivers, deserts and mountain passes. It severs two nations, separates hundreds of millions of people and towers over this troubled region like a barbed-wire metaphor for mistrust.
January 16, 1994 |
Their differences include a decade-old war atop a Himalayanglacier, accusations of cross-border terrorism and the specter of human-rights violations by the Indian army in what Pakistan has termed "occupied Kashmir." Neither side is without obstinate views on these issues. Indeed, neither side has softened its stance since partition and the end of British colonialism in 1947. Talks earlier this month between the two countries' foreign secretaries resulted in little progress.
August 4, 1992 |
Some have dubbed it the Greater Middle East. Others call it the new Islamic Bloc, Northwest Asia or Southwest Asia--the disparity reflecting different views of its geographic dimensions. Whatever its final designation, a new region--stretching across a landmass from Turkey to India, from Kazakhstan to the Maldives, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Bay of Bengal--is taking shape in the minds of global policy-makers.
October 22, 2013 |
When President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in the White House on Wednesday for the first high-level contact between their countries in years, there will be plenty to talk about but little on which to agree. The relationship between Washington and Islamabad has wavered between bad and abysmal for decades, despite common interests in bolstering regional stability in South Asia and fighting terrorism -- what both nations see as one of the gravest threats to their security.
January 9, 1994 |
Pakistan's foreign minister warned Saturday of the danger of nuclear war in South Asia if India and Pakistan fail to resolve their longstanding dispute over Kashmir. The dire but ambiguous remark by Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, on a weeklong tour of former Soviet republics in Central Asia, came just days after a stalemate in negotiations over Kashmir in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
July 22, 2004 |
Monsoon floods, tornadoes and rains roared through inundated villages in South Asia, killing 42 more people and raising the region's death toll from the annual deluge to 546, officials and news reports said. In India, 27 people died in Bihar state, including 11 killed when their boat overturned in the raging Gandak River, police Supt. Kapileshwar Manjhi said. In neighboring Bangladesh, 15 people drowned in two separate locations.
January 3, 2004
The impoverished nations of South Asia agreed on the framework for a free trade zone that would encompass one-fifth of the world's population. The broad framework of the accord was decided in Islamabad, Pakistan, by foreign ministers preparing for a summit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan. The pact would allow the free flow of goods and establish a regional development bank, Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said.