Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
May 2003 Pakistan Special Weapons News
- PAKISTAN: Strong reaction to "Talibanisation" of northwestern province IRIN 29 May 2003 -- Women's groups and local observers are sceptical about new plans to impose shari'ah (Islamic law) in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) by its hardline provincial government. A bill outlining a wide range of Islamic reforms, and giving shari'ah priority over secular law was presented to the provincial legislature on Tuesday.
- Pakistan not to slash nuclear program, says defense minister IRNA 28 May 2003 -- Pakistan defense minister Wednesday stated that Pakistan would never slash its nuclear program and said all needs of the armed forces would be fulfilled.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA VOA 21 May 2003 -- Pakistan says it is hopeful that peace talks with India to settle the long-running dispute over Kashmir will resume soon. Both the South Asian rivals have taken tentative steps toward dialogue after a nearly two-year stand off, but they are keeping quiet about when face-to-face talks will take place.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN THAW VOA 20 May 2003 -- After months of aggressive rhetoric, initiatives by both India and Pakistan have given rise to fresh hopes for peace between the south Asian neighbors. Many analysts caution there is still a long way to go yet before peace is achieved but they agree that the situation is far better than it was last year when the two countries were at the brink of war.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA PRISONERS VOA 18 May 2003 -- Pakistan has released 20 Indian prisoners as a goodwill gesture. Pakistan and India have been taking positive steps in recent weeks, raising hopes that bilateral peace talks may resume.
- EDITORIAL: ARMITAGE ON INDIA, PAKISTAN VOA 15 May 2003 -- Relations between India and Pakistan appear to be improving. In April, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee [AT-uhl bee-HAH-ree VAHJ-pay-ee] said that Indians "want friendship and brotherhood with our [Pakistani] neighbors." After Pakistan responded favorably, the two countries moved to renew diplomatic and transportation links. Relations had been broken in December 2001 after an attack by Kashmiri terrorists on the Indian parliament. The United States is hopeful that India and Pakistan can begin to move ahead on engagement to resolve their differences.
- PAKISTAN ARMITAGE VOA 08 May 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is in Pakistan, saying the United States hopes recent peace moves between India and Pakistan will lead to further dialogue for the nuclear rivals.
- Boucher Condemns Violence in Kashmir Washington File 07 May 2003 -- In response to recent clashes in the disputed territory of Kashmir, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher repeated that violence "will not solve Kashmir's problems," and welcomed recent moves towards a dialogue between the governments of India and Pakistan.
- ARMITAGE / SOUTH ASIA UPDATE VOA 07 May 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has arrived in Islamabad as part of Washington's ongoing efforts to encourage the peace dialogue between India and Pakistan. Mr. Armitage will travel to New Delhi later this week for similar talks with Indian leaders.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN VOA 06 May 2003 -- Encouraging diplomatic news in south Asia. Pakistan has agreed to India's offer last week to resume full diplomatic relations and restore transportation links.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA VOA 06 May 2003 -- Pakistan says it has decided to restore full diplomatic relations and transportation links with rival India in response to similar measures announced by New Delhi last week. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of India last month said he wants to establish permanent peace with Pakistan before he dies.
- Annan welcomes steps by India and Pakistan to east tensions, improve relations UN News Centre 06 May 2003 -- The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today warmly welcomed the series of reciprocal steps India and Pakistan have recently taken to ease tensions and improve bilateral relations.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA VOA 06 May 2003 -- Hopes are running high for the resumption of a serious dialogue between India and Pakistan, and some observers say that pressure by Washington helped push the two toward new talks. Analysts say quick progress should not be expected, especially on the sensitive issue of Kashmir, which is the major cause of military tension in South Asia.
- ARMITAGE / SOUTH ASIA VOA 05 May 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has sent his deputy, Richard Armitage, on a mission to South Asia aimed at encouraging India and Pakistan to continue to work together in solving disputes. Mr. Powell told reporters Monday it is a "moment of opportunity" to ease tension between the two regional powers.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA RELATIONS VOA 05 May 2003 -- Pakistan says it has received what it describes as a positive reply to Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali's invitation for his Indian counterpart, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to visit Islamabad.
- INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 03 May 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has reacted cautiously to a formal invitation from his Pakistani counterpart for talks to resolve the differences between the two countries. The invitation was made as part of recent peace initiatives between the two hostile neighbors.
- INDIA PAKISTAN VOA 02 May 2003-- India says it will re-establish full diplomatic ties with Pakistan and restore air flights between the two countries
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