Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

Asia & Pacific 05/19/19, 22:53

A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region.The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society on Monday ...

Modi flexes muscles in Kashmir to woo India’s Hindu voters

Asia & Pacific 05/06/19, 00:37

Shortly before India's mammoth elections began in April, New Delhi did something unprecedented: It banned civilian traffic on the only major highway connecting the heart of disputed Kashmir with the rest of the country.The government cited unspecified security threats for the twice weekly ban, but the move is indicative of ...

UN adds leader of outlawed Pakistan group to sanctions list

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 10:38

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations added the leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group to its sanctions blacklist Wednesday after the group claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Sanctions against Masood Azhar were confirmed by Pakistani Foreign ...

2nd phase of voting begins in India’s general election

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 22:09

Voting has begun in the second phase of India's general elections amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.The city of Srinagar is one of 97 constituencies across 13 Indian states where voting was scheduled Tuesday.The election is taking place in seven phases ...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Asia & Pacific 03/23/19, 08:51

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered "best wishes" to his counterpart Imran ...

Pakistan standoff helps India’s Modi shift focus from jobs

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 23:23

A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a boost ahead of national elections set to begin in April.After a suicide bombing killed 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, India's air force launched a strike on an alleged terrorist training camp inside Pakistan.The crisis ...

Update: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

Asia & Pacific 03/05/19, 07:23

The Latest on the latest escalation between Pakistan and India (all times local):5:10 p.m.Pakistan's Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including the brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group that India has blamed for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 ...

Pakistan-India train service resumes as border tensions ease

Asia & Pacific 03/04/19, 08:47

A key train service with neighboring India resumed and schools in Pakistani Kashmir opened Monday in another sign of easing tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals since a major escalation last week over the disputed Kashmir region.Pakistan Railways spokesman Ejaz Shah said the train service, known as the Samjhauta Express, ...

Analysis: India, Pakistan de-escalate but triggers remain

World 03/03/19, 13:19

Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have pulled back from the brink of an all-out military confrontation over the contested Kashmir region.But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan failed to address the underlying threats to stability, raising the likelihood of renewed escalation.Modi, who seeks re-election this ...

First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

Asia & Pacific 03/03/19, 04:40

Residents near the disputed boundary in divided Kashmir region said Sunday it was quiet overnight, their first lull since a dangerous escalation between Pakistan and India erupted last week bringing the two nuclear-armed rivals close to full-out war.Many villagers used the calm in Pakistani-held Kashmir to leave their homes in ...

India, Pakistan resume shelling in Kashmir, killing 6

Asia & Pacific 03/02/19, 04:04

Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and wounding six others, officials said Saturday. Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike ...

Update: Pakistan says Indian shelling kills boy; 3 hurt

Asia & Pacific 03/01/19, 23:32

The Latest on the tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local):10 a.m.A Pakistani government official says Indian troops with heavy weapons have "indiscriminately targeted border villagers" along the two countries' Line of Control in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a boy and wounding three others.The official, Umar Azam, ...

Update: Pakistan hands over captured pilot to India

Asia & Pacific 03/01/19, 11:06

The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):9 p.m.Pakistan has handed over an Indian pilot captured after his plane was shot down by the Pakistani military this week amid a dramatic confrontation between the two nuclear-armed rivals over the disputed Kashmir region.An Indian waves national flag as others shout ...

Pakistan ready to hand over Indian pilot amid more shelling

Asia & Pacific 02/28/19, 22:52

Pakistan is preparing to hand over a captured Indian pilot as shelling continued for a third night across the disputed Kashmir border even as the two nuclear-armed neighbors seek to defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades.Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers face off against each other ...

Rival Pakistan-India standoff latest in long Kashmir dispute

World 02/28/19, 14:40

This week's standoff between India and Pakistan is their latest in a long dispute over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, dating back to their independence in 1947.Once unified as a single territory under British rule, India and Pakistan have struggled to create their own unique identities — often by ...

Explains: Pakistan-based militant group sparks tensions

World 02/28/19, 11:34

When a suicide bomber blew himself up in India's insurgency-wracked Kashmir region on Feb. 14, killing more than 40 soldiers, the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quick to take responsibility. The Pakistan-based group's attack sent tensions soaring between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. The disputed region, divided between the two countries and ...

Q&A: What’s at stake as India-Pakistan tensions rise?

Asia & Pacific 02/27/19, 05:29

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan face their worst tension in years over the disputed region of Kashmir, with Islamabad saying they shot down two Indian warplanes Wednesday and captured two pilots. Pakistan immediately shut down its civilian airspace in response.But how did the relations between these two Asian nations become ...

Pakistan says 2 Indian warplanes downed, 2 pilots captured

Asia & Pacific 02/27/19, 04:30

Pakistan's air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday and captured two Indian pilots, one of whom was injured, a military spokesman said. The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired ...

Update: Pakistan says it shot down 2 Indian warplanes

World 02/27/19, 01:42

The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):11:35 a.m.Pakistan's army spokesman says the country's air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir, and that one Indian pilot was captured.A Pakistani soldier stands guard in ...

Update: India says it struck ‘terror camps’ in Kashmir

Asia & Pacific 02/26/19, 01:29

The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local):11:20 a.m.A junior minister in India says the country launched an airstrike in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir targeting "terror camps," an apparent response to a suicide attack earlier this month that killed 40 Indian troops in the disputed ...

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