News

    India, Pakistan Discuss Terrorism in Rare Top-Level Meeting

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) shakes hands with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting in New Delhi, April 8, 2012.
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) shakes hands with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting in New Delhi, April 8, 2012.
    Kurt Achin

    The leaders of India and Pakistan have spoken face to face during a rare shared meal in New Delhi. They talked frankly on subjects ranging from terrorism to disputed Kashmir.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari for lunch at his New Delhi residence Sunday, and indicated he may soon reciprocate the Pakistani leader's visit.

    "President Zardari has also invited me to visit Pakistan," he said. "I would be very happy to visit Pakistan at a mutually convenient date."

    Zardari is on a private visit to India. His stated purpose is to offer prayers at a Sufi shrine in the Indian city of Ajmer, where he headed aboard an Indian military helicopter after lunch with Singh.

    President Zardari expressed gratitude for the opportunity to speak face to face with India's leader.

    "India and Pakistan are neighbors," said Zardari. "We would like to have better relations with India. We've spoken on all topics that we could have spoken about, and we're hoping to meet on Pakistan soil very soon."

    Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai says the luncheon meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, included discussions of a key irritant in the India-Pakistan relationship.

    "The leaders discussed the problem of terrorism, which is a major issue by which the Indian people will judge progress in the bilateral relationship," said Mathai. "We have told President Zardari that it was imperative to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice."

    That Mumbai attack, carried out by gunmen in November 2008 and known in India simply as "26/11," killed 166 people at hotels and other sites.

    India accuses Pakistan of sheltering planners of the attack, including Hafiz Saeed, founder of the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. Last week, the United States put Saeed on the top of its wanted terrorist list, and put out a $10 million bounty offer for anyone who helps secure his arrest. Saeed responded with public taunts from Pakistani territory.

    Indian Foreign Secretary Mathai said the Indian prime minister raised the issue at lunch.

    "We have also mentioned the activities of Hafiz Saeed"said Mathai. "President Zardari said the matter needed to be discussed further between the two governments."

    The chief law enforcement ministers of both countries were scheduled to meet on the issue of the Mumbai attack suspects later Sunday to seek more concrete progress.

    Separately, the two leaders discussed disputed Kashmir. India offered to provide humanitarian assistance following an avalanche that buried and killed more than 100 Pakistani soldiers in the disputed Siachen glacier region.

    The two sides committed in principle to liberalizing trade and people to people contacts, including looser visa agreements for citizens of India and Pakistan to visit the other.


    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Abdul sattar
    April 10, 2012 3:08 AM
    My Question is simple.
    Why Indian Army is killig Muslims in Kashmir.
    Why indian army kill inocent people in kashmir.
    When Innocent Kashmiris kill by Indian army then they become terrarists.

    by: Anon
    April 09, 2012 8:39 AM
    For your information Pakistan has never tried to be a part of terrorism and personally I think Pakistan and India should have a cordial relationship.

    by: singh jet
    April 09, 2012 6:35 AM
    prime Minister Manmohan Singh have to be care full with this dangerous neibor. Pakistan has alwasy tried to hit other behind to thier backs.
    good luck india

    by: michael
    April 09, 2012 5:46 AM
    PM Singh does not want to visit Pakistan, invalidate that, he does want to, but that would be a validation, so that must be invalidated, but then that bring us back to a needed validation! This is how 'diplomatic' situations are created and sustained

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunitiesi
    X
    VOA News
    July 25, 2016 5:09 PM
    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Four Brother Goats Arrive in Brooklyn on a Mission

    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
    Video

    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
    Video

    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
    Video

    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
    Video

    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora