measures in the offing
What is India News Service,
Friday, 15 April 2005, 1500 hrs IST
With India and Pakistan looking positively at the
results of the recently introduced Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, space has
opened up for more
Kashmir-related confidence-building measures as the Prime Minister, Manmohan
Singh, prepares to hold talks with the Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, on
On the table are proposals for
family reunions and meetings along the Line of Control in Mendhar, Poonch,
Suchetgarh, Uri and Tangdhar along the Neelam Valley, a suggestion made in
concrete terms by India to Pakistan in December, 2004.
Senior officials here told The
Hindu on Thursday that such meetings in a "crude form" were
already taking place along a riverbank in Tangdhar, with families gathering on
both sides in the presence of security personnel.
The initial Pakistani response
was a trifle lukewarm, but since the rapturous welcome to the April 7
Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, there were signs that Islamabad might have
shed its inhibitions to several cross-Kashmir proposals made by India.
Just after the bus began, the
Pakistani Foreign Minister, Khurshid Kasuri, said the opening of more entry
points along the LoC was possible as another confidence-building measure.
"We are in the process of overcoming some minor troubles. This process
could be brought forward after overcoming these hindrances," Mr. Kasuri was
quoted as telling GEO TV.
can fight terrorism together: PM: With fresh terrorist threats to the
second bus to be run next week between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh said it was the joint responsibility of India and Pakistan to
provide security cover to the passengers and expressed hope they can work
together in fighting the sources of terrorism in the region.
deal sent to CBI: The Ministry of Defence in its additional affidavit filed
in the Supreme Court on the controversial Kargil purchases, has taken a contrary
stand from that of the previous affidavit regarding the Rs 116.83 crore T-72
Tank ammunition deal, which was now being referred for investigation to the CBI
along with 22 other purchases made during the conflict.
clarifies govt stand on 2nd affidavit
early to expect solution on Kashmir: Brajesh: Observing that the
atmosphere Friday was not yet conducive for compromises by either India or
Pakistan, former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra has said it was
"too early" to expect a resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
still abetting terrorism in valley: Pranab: The Defence Minister, Mr Pranab
Mukherjee, today accused Pakistan of adopting \93double standards\94 on
terrorism and blamed it for helping terrorists in infiltrating in the Kashmir
Vajpayee discuss RSS-BJP spat: Bharatiya Janata Party President L.K. Advani
today met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to discuss the recent
crisis of confidence within the Sangh Parivar.
4-laning contract next month: Road infrastructure in the country is expected
to expand significantly in the next seven years with
the Ministry of Shipping,
Road Transport and Highways encouraging private participation in its plans of Rs
1,72,000-crore investment in the
development of highways.
Cong clash for RS seat: The ruling
Democratic Front partners, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), may
have engaged themselves in a war of nerves to wrest the Rajya Sabha seat vacated
by erstwhile Shiv Sena leader and the likely Sonia Gandhi party entrant Sanjay
Nirupam, but what has taken precedence is the hectic lobbying going on among
aspirants within the two coalition partners for securing nomination to contest
the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for April 30
View from abroad
vows stronger ties with India:
US President George W. Bush on Thursday
pledged to take US-India relations to a \93much higher level.\94 The commitment
was made during the course of a meeting with External Affairs Minister Natwar
Singh at the Oval Office which officials later described as \93exceedingly warm
More CBMs coming:
encouraged by the success of the international bus service.
Pranab accused Pakistan of abetting terror: The defence minister said the
neighbour was adopting "double standards".
Bush wants better ties with India: The American President pledged to take
India-US relations higher.