Nation & States  

India, Pakistan renew vows
to settle Kashmir dispute

What is India News Service, July 23, 2004, 1700 hrs IST

Pakistan and India renewed vows on Friday to settle their dispute over Kashmir, at the heart of decades of hostilities, and also pledged to combat terrorism. 

After a 90-minute meeting with President Pervez Musharraf, Foreign Minister Natwar Singh told reporters he was leaving Pakistan with renewed determination to push forward the fledgling peace process between the two countries

"Both sides reiterated the importance of continuing the dialogue process in an atmosphere free of violence and tackling the scourge of terrorism with renewed vigour," Singh said, before leaving Pakistan where he had attended a regional forum. 

"India and Pakistan are committed to discuss and settle all bilateral issues including that of Jammu and Kashmir to the satisfaction of both sides."

Pak extends visa of Indian woman facing deportation: The Pakistani Government today allowed an Indian doctor, who faces deportation from Pakistan on expiry of her visit visa, to stay in the country for another 60 days. 

Dr Divya Dayanan, 22, now Hafza Aman, married Aman Khan Hoti last year after embracing Islam. The two settled in Mardan, 60 km north of Peshawar. They are expecting their first child next month. 

The couple, who met while studying in Ukraine in 1998, submitted numerous applications to senior officials in the Home Ministry to register Hafza as a Pakistani citizen, but they were repeatedly denied.

'Pakistan's goals achievable': The International Monetary Fund observed on Thursday that Pakistan's targeted growth rates for 2004-05 were "ambitious" but
not impossible to achieve.

Sanctions on tribe lifted partially:  Authorities in the South Waziristan tribal region have partially lifted economic sanctions imposed some time ago on the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe.

Musharaff talks to Fisher:  The Pakistani president on Thursday told the German leader that peace and security in South Asia would depend on the progress made in the composite dialogue started with India.

Lashkar-e-Toiba 'colonel' killed:  Deputy chief for Jammu & Kashmir, \91Colonel\92 Usman, was among the five Pakistani militants killed in a fierce gunbattle at Tikkipora village in Kupwara district on Friday. As many as 24 structures, including nine residential houses, were destroyed but none of the soldiers or civilians suffered any damage. Troops killed two more Pakistani militants while making an attempt of infiltration in Karnah sector of Kupwara district even as suspected militants have killed a soldier and an activist of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kashmir valley since last evening. 

Punjab cuts MBBS, homoeo admission fee: The Punjab Government today slashed the admission fee and fixed the limit of other charges to be taken from students for joining the MBBS, BDS, Ayurvedic and homoeopathy courses in the government recognised private colleges in the state.

Haryana buying power worth 16 cr each day: Haryana Power Utilities is spending Rs 15 crore to Rs 16 crore each day for buying power from Himachal Pradesh and Orissa to meet the increasing demands of power.

Mehmood is dead: Mehmood, born in 1932 in Mumbai, had acted in over 300 films, including the big hit Padosan, and directed a few films. He died in his sleep.


India, Pakistan renewed peace vows: They said they would do their best to solve the Kashmir dispute. 

Musharaff talked to Fisher: He told the German leader that Kashmir holds the key to peace in the region. 

Lashkar 'colonel' was killed:
\91Colonel\92 Usman was among the five Pakistani militants killed in a fierce gunbattle at Tikkipora village in Kupwara district on Friday.

Mehmood passed away:
The comic star of Padosan died in his sleep.