India–pakistan Relations

Diplomacy survives terrorist act, for now

Bombs in Mumbai this month aimed to derail talks this week between India and Pakistan - whose intelligence services almost certainly backed the devastating Mumbai attack in 2008. Despite historic hatreds on both sides, it didn't work.

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011, 12:00am

Signs of India-Pakistan reconciliation in sight

Sixty years after India and Pakistan were born in a bloody dissection of the subcontinent, relations between the two remain lukewarm to hostile. Much of the bad blood is due to their rival claims on Kashmir, the Muslim-majority Himalayan territory once described by American president Bill Clinton as 'the most dangerous place on Earth'.

15 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

When atrocity breeds affinity

It has become all too familiar, sadly, to hear news of terror attacks in India targeting civilians. The latest atrocity hit the country on Sunday - the bombing of the 'Friendship Express' train service between India and Pakistan, killing at least 68. However, this attack may have stimulated something quite unfamiliar: agreement and co-operation between two old adversaries.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Atrocity cannot be allowed to deflect peace process

The leaders of India and Pakistan must not let the horrific attack on a train travelling between the rival nations get in the way of the peace process between the two nations. Those wanting to sabotage their efforts cannot be allowed to hold sway.

20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The Kashmir barriers come down

A settlement of the Kashmir question could spark a new era in China-India-Pakistan relations, heralding the emergence of a triangle of different - yet symbiotic - economies around the Himalayas.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Rivals should focus on areas of mutual interest

The early signs were not encouraging as the South Asian regional summit began in Islamabad this week. Although there was a breakthrough in the works on the question of a seven-country free-trade zone, the region's two most influential powers, India and Pakistan, denied speculation that there would be any talks between their leaders on the sidelines of the meeting.

9 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

India's right to build a fence

I refer to 'India's monument to distrust' (Sunday Morning Post, August 17), by Asad Riaz Ahmed, which contains some inaccuracies in both tone and content.

24 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Bollywood embraces neighbourly love

One of India's leading directors has finalised plans for a Hindi feature film that is being projected as a sub-continental Schindler's List, which he hopes will be a cultural contribution to thawing relations between India and Pakistan.

12 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Pakistan makes a new gesture of goodwill to India

In an effort to improve relations, the prime minister releases 20 Indian prisoners and promises more will follow

In a humanitarian peace overture between hostile neighbours India and Pakistan, 20 Indians languishing in Pakistani jails walked across the border to freedom yesterday.

19 May 2003 - 12:00am

No time for brinkmanship

The decision by the United Nations to pull out the families of its staff from India and Pakistan is further evidence - if any were really needed - that time is running out if large-scale conflict between these two nuclear powers is to be avoided.

2 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Reason before pride

The clouds of war over Kashmir have not been so heavy for three decades. International efforts to drag India and Pakistan back from the disputed border are intensifying, but much more must be done.

22 May 2002 - 12:00am

India's missile test not an abrupt act

I write with reference to your editorial, 'A foolish act' (South China Morning Post, January 26), which we find to be somewhat lacking in balance and graciousness. The editorial stated that India's decision to test the Agni missile was 'clearly designed' to provoke Pakistan and to act as a demonstration of India's military muscle. Clearly, it is wrong on both the counts.

8 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Freedom fighters are not terrorists

I refer to the letter by Suresh Ramasubramanian headlined 'Pakistan still supports Kashmiri militants' (South China Morning Post, January 18).

It is a shame your correspondent does not know what is happening in his own country India. Is he aware that every day innocent civilians are being killed by soldiers from the Indian army in Kashmir?

24 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Beijing fears America may disturb regional power balance

China is unsettled by the United States military presence in South Asia and its diplomatic involvement in the latest conflict between India and Pakistan, analysts say.

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Future dialogue vital

The failure of the leaders of India and Pakistan to bridge their differences and announce a breakthrough in their relations is disappointing, but not surprising.

18 Jul 2001 - 12:00am