Tag: Pakistan

Pakistan Leader Vents Frustration at India: ‘No Point in Talking to Them’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan intensified his criticism of India on Wednesday over its Kashmir crackdown, saying he would no longer seek dialogue with Indian officials and raising the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbors. In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Khan complained bitterly about […]

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As Taliban Talk Peace, ISIS Is Ready to Play the Spoiler in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as the United States and the Taliban seem close to a deal on an American troop withdrawal, the Islamic State in Afghanistan is making clear that it stands to inherit the role of violent spoiler if any peace agreement is reached. That message was punctuated on Saturday by a suicide bomber […]

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With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is […]

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Pakistan Rage Over India’s ‘Occupation’ of Kashmir Explodes Into the Streets: ‘I Am Ready to Die’

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-administered Kashmir — India marked its Independence Day Thursday with a chest-thumping celebration of its incendiary move to roll back the political autonomy of its part of the contested region of Kashmir. But across the border in arch-rival Pakistan, the mood was anything but festive. The country declared India’s big occasion a symbolic “black […]

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Priyanka Chopra Came to Talk About Beauty. It Got Political.

When the actress Priyanka Chopra stepped onstage this weekend to speak in Los Angeles at Beautycon, the cosmetic industry’s traveling more-than-a-trade-show event, she might have been prepared to answer questions about her self-care regimens, her husband (the pop star Nick Jonas), the unreasonable standards to which women’s bodies are held or her humanitarian work with […]

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Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China. But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington […]

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Photos Show the Devastation of Monsoons Ravaging India and Pakistan

NEW DELHI — Furious monsoon rains pounded India and Pakistan over the weekend, wiping away entire villages, submerging cities and leaving civilians desperately crouching on rooftops and, in one instance, frantically clutching onto a construction crane for rescue. In the south Indian state of Kerala, nearly 290,000 people were displaced from their homes from Thursday […]

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Pakistan’s Envoy Suggests Kashmir Crisis Could Affect Afghan Peace Talks

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States raised the possibility Monday that his country might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban. Such a possibility, coming just as Pakistan’s longstanding Kashmir crisis with India has escalated, could add a new element to […]

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Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints. People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry. A sense of coiled menace hung over […]

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Photos From Kashmir, a Rebellious Land Locked Down by India

NEW DELHI — For most of the past week, the entire Kashmir Valley, home to about eight million people, has been put on virtual house arrest. Indian soldiers rolled in by the tens of thousands. They barricaded roads, closed schools, took positions on rooftops and cut off the internet, mobile phone service and even landlines, […]

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Pakistan Runs Out of Options as India Tightens Grip on Kashmir

NEW DELHI — The dispute over Kashmir has long been a flash point for war between India and Pakistan, with each nuclear-armed country holding the threat of retaliation over the other. But when India stripped the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir of its autonomy this week, Pakistan’s reaction appeared to be limited to high-level hand-wringing. As […]

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The Crackdown on Kashmir

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher India has guaranteed a degree of autonomy to the people of Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, since 1947. Why did India unilaterally erase that autonomy this week? [For an exclusive look at how […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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Pakistan Hits Back at India Over Kashmir Move, Targeting Bilateral Trade

NEW DELHI — Pakistan announced plans on Wednesday to punish India for unilaterally wiping out the autonomy of Kashmir by ending bilateral trade, downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling India’s high commissioner to the country. A statement from a national security committee headed by the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, said the changes would be put […]

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India Tempts Fate in Kashmir, ‘The Most Dangerous Place in the World’

The Indian government’s decision to revoke the semiautonomous status of Kashmir, accompanied by a huge security clampdown, is dangerous and wrong. Bloodshed is all but certain, and tension with Pakistan will soar. The Himalayan territory of Kashmir has long been the central source of friction between India and Pakistan and a hotbed of separatist aspirations. […]

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Pakistani Military Plane Crashes, Killing at Least 10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A small Pakistani military plane crashed into a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, including five people on board, and injuring at least 12 others, rescue officials said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known and military officials said the small plane, belonging […]

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In Pakistan, a Feminist Hero Is Under Fire and on the Run

NEW DELHI — Gulalai Ismail is one of Pakistan’s best-known women’s rights crusaders, speaking out about forced marriages, gang rapes and crushed dreams. Her groundbreaking work has carried her around the world, winning her awards and audiences with high-powered women such as Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. But in her own country, Ms. Ismail […]

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Trump Tries Cooling Tensions With Pakistan to Speed Afghan Peace Talks

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who on Twitter last year accused Pakistan’s leaders of “nothing but lies & deceit,” welcomed the country’s prime minister to the White House on Monday in an effort to mend relations and seek help in ending the war in neighboring Afghanistan. Seated next to Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval […]

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Taliban Attack Security Checkpoint and Hospital in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least nine people were killed and at least 30 others wounded on Sunday in Taliban attacks on a security checkpoint and a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, breaking a lull in militant violence in the country, officials said. A spokesman for the Taliban said the attacks — by gunmen on motorbikes and […]

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