Febraury 2013

NPR February 2013

INDO-PAK RELATIONS

Indian army kills Pakistani soldier who ‘inadvertently’ crossed LoC

February 15, 2013

Indian troops shot dead a Pakistani soldier who had strayed onto their side of the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region, officials from both countries said Friday. “We detected some suspicious movement yesterday near the LoC (Line of Control) inside our territory and the challengers from our side fired and in the ensuing firefight he was killed.

Resolution of Issues a Must for Indo-Pak Ties: Khar

Feb 19, 2013

The resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute, is essential for sustaining India-Pakistan relations on a long-term basis, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said today.

Media can play imp role in building Indo-Pak relations

February 22, 2013

For ushering a new era of peace and cordial bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, the media of both countries have a vital role to play, Punjab Legislative Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said on Friday.

Road to peace hits bumps in India-Pakistan relations

February 26, 2013

While 2012 was an encouraging year for peace between India and Pakistan, 2013 has started off on a more nervous footing. In January, border skirmishes at the Line of Control in Kashmir led to mutual recriminations, though both governments vowed not to allow the incidents to reverse diplomatic gains.

AFGHANISTAN

David Cameron in fresh peace talks with Afghan and Pakistani leaders

3 February 2013

David Cameron is to meet the Afghan and Pakistani presidents in the latest round of talks aimed at preventing Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan when British troops leave next year.

Hamid Karzai says security in Helmand better before British troops arrived

3 February 2013

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai , has questioned whether western troops were “fighting in the wrong place” during their decade-long mission in Afghanistan , saying security was better in southern Helmand province before the arrival of British forces.

Afghanistan and Pakistan commit to peace deal in six months

04 Feb 2013

Following the talks at British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Chequers country retreat near London, the three leaders also said they supported the opening of an office in Qatar for the Taliban to hold talks.

Drones are gruesome, but would we prefer boots on the ground?

07 Feb 2013

The human rights lobby wants to limit the use of drones, but they are effective and preferable to sending our troops to fight.

Freed Taliban prisoners return to fight

10 Feb 2013

Some 28-30 prisoners have been set free in a series of goodwill gestures aimed at building trust between Kabul and Islamabad as well as helping nudge the Taliban towards negotiations.

Half of Afghan prisoners complain of torture

11 Feb 2013

Nearly half of Afghan prisoners complain of being tortured or mistreated in custody, a government inquiry has conceded, even as Kabul denied there was systematic abuse of detainees.

State of the Union: Barack Obama set to bring 34,000 troops home from Afghanistan

12 Feb 2013

Barack Obama is tonight poised to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next year, in a move that will cut in half the number of troops in the former haven for al-Qaeda as the White House seeks to hasten the end of US involvement in an unpopular war.

Black Hornet: British Army unveil latest weapon against the Taliban

14 Feb 2013

Sergeant Carl James Boyd of the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers demonstrates how the Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano will be used by troops on the front line in Afghanistan.

Pakistani clerics refuse to attend Kabul peace talks

18 Feb 2013

Pakistani religious leaders have dealt a blow to David Cameron’s Afghan peace initiative by insisting they will not travel to Kabul for talks unless Taliban leaders are invited as well.

Afghan civilian death toll falls for first time in six years

19 Feb 2013

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan’s conflict has fallen for the first time in six years, but there has been a sharp rise in assassination attempts on government workers.

Afghan forces seize Taliban commander

20 Feb 2013

Afghan Special Forces troops have captured a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, in a raid which may signal growing cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad.

Nato mulls leaving 12,000 troops in Afghanistan post-2014

22 Feb 2013

NATO is considering leaving up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after international combat forces withdraw in 2014, officials said.

US special forces ordered to leave critical Afghanistan province

24 Feb 2013

Hamid Karzai has ordered all US Special Forces to leave a beleaguered province bordering Kabul, accusing them of murders and disappearances.

Is the US maintaining death squads and torture militias in Afghanistan?

26 February 2013

In 2010, as Wiki Leaks published hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to the conduct of the US government, government defenders dismissively claimed that they revealed nothing new.

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