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Egyptian president visits India to boost cultural, trade and tourism ties

By Al Arabiya with Agencies | 19 Mar 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi began his India visit with a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mursi is leading a high-level delegation of business leaders and ministers, including the ministers of communications, information technology, trade, commerce and investment.

Bilateral trade between the countries has increased significantly in the recent years in spite of the political transition in Egypt and currently stands at USD 5.5 billion.

Pakistan's Endgame in Afghanistan?

By Aparna Pande | HuffPost | 05 Dec 2012

As preparations for the American draw down from Afghanistan get underway, there appears to be another game in town: played by Pakistan's leaders, strategists and for lack of a better word, sympathizers. The argument put forth is this: all problems would be solved if only India would stop playing a role in Afghanistan and if the world, especially the U.S., understood (read 'supported') Pakistan's interests in Afghanistan. In itself this sounds simple, however, in reality it is not.

Indian Muslims vow to regain land rights of destroyed mosque

Source : Agencies | 04 Dec 2012

Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi has said the Muslims will never give up even an inch of the land of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, demolished by Indians.

Owaisi was addressing a public meeting organised by the United Muslim Action Committee at MIM headquarters Darussalam Sunday night, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid on Dec 6, 1992.

Terror Drill Infuriates India Muslims

Source : OnIslam | 10 Sep 2012

A recent anti-terror drill has infuriated Indian Muslim and Hindu activists after portraying Muslims as terrorists who rejected these portrayals which stereotype and stigmatize the whole Muslim community.

"Whoever is harming the country should be labeled terrorists,” Imam Qari Khaleeque Ahmed of Jama Masjid told Times of India on Sunday, September 9.

“But one should not insult the sentiments of Muslim community only," he said.

Kashmiri leader accuses India of planning Israeli-type settlements

Source : Agencies | Srinagar | 03 Jul 2012

Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Gilani on Monday accused New Delhi of trying to “create a state within a state" by coming up with settlements in the valley, saying that the plan had been finalised with the consultation of the Israeli government.

“In the garb rehabilitating Kashmiri Pandits, New Delhi is planning to create Israeli-type settlements in Kashmir,” said Gilani during a press conference at his residence in Srinagar.

Taleban praise India for keeping off Afghan mess

Source : Reuters | Kabul | 18 Jun 2012

India has done well to resist US calls for greater involvement in Afghanistan, the Taleban said in a rare direct comment about one of the strongest opponents of the hard-line group that was ousted from power in 2001.

The Taleban also said they won’t let Afghanistan be used as a base against another country, addressing fears in New Delhi that Pakistan-based anti-India militants may become more emboldened if the Taleban return to power.

Normalization of India-Pak relations a hurdle to Kashmir struggle: Salahuddin

Source : Arab News | Islamabad | 30 May 2012

Recent developments with regard to Pakistan's normalization of relations with India have made Kashmir's struggle for the right of self-determination disenchanted as this new approach of the Pakistani political leadership has stunned top Kashmiri leaders.

India, Pakistan say they aim to normalize ties

By AP | New Delhi | 08 Apr 2012

The leaders of India and Pakistan agreed in talks Sunday that their countries should adopt a step-by-step approach to resolve their differences and build on a recent thaw in their strained relations.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said the meeting — their first in nearly three years — was friendly and constructive.

“Relations between India and Pakistan should become normal. That’s our common desire,” Singh told reporters after the private talks, at which no aides were present.

UN says India should scrap ‘excessive’ security law in Kashmir

By Reuters | New Delhi | 30 Mar 2012

India should scrap a controversial law which gives security forces battling militancy in the troubled regions of Kashmir and the northeast sweeping powers to search, arrest or shoot people, the United Nations said on Friday.

Human rights groups say the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is a draconian law which the military arbitrarily uses to violate civilians’ rights.

India to pay gold instead of dollars for Iranian oil. Oil and gold markets stunned

Source : FrontLine | 25 Jan 2012

India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar, debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources report exclusively. Those sources expect China to follow suit. India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran's total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets.

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