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India denies Musharraf a visa

New Delhi, Dec 1: India has refused to give a visa to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf to attend a function in Delhi as it was "not convinced" of the reason for the visit, sources said Wednesday. Musharraf had last week accused India of fomenting trouble in Pakistan's Balochistan province. According to external affairs ministry sources, Musharraf had applied for visa at the Indian High Commission in London to visit here at the invitation of the India chapter of an international group, Young Presidents' Association. Official sources said that India did not sanction the visa as it was "not convinced" of the reason for the visit. They said the decision was taken by the home ministry. The former military dictator has been based in London since being forced to step down after the 2008 Pakistani general elections. Musharraf has been tying to make a comeback into Pakistani politics by essentially harnessing social media tools like Facebook and Twitt

Dislodging the legitimate ‘dictators’

Kishore Mahbubani Fri Dec 03 2010, 04:08 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/news/dislodging-the-legitimate-dictators/719733/0 President Obama brought many gifts to India. The biggest gift he brought was a clear signal that US-India relations have entered a positive new terrain. Many of the suspicions that had continued to persist as a relic of the Cold War differences between India and America have gone. A new era has certainly emerged in Indo-American relations. One symbolic indication of this new era was provided by President Obama’s categorical support for India’s admission as a new permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). There can be no doubt that Obama was completely sincere in expressing this support. Despite this, the big question remains whether this strong support brings India any closer to joining the UNSC as a permanent member. It is vital to remember here that the question of UNSC reform and expansion has been discussed by the UN for almost two decades.

Steve Solarz, A true friend of India

Source: REDIFF Last updated on: January 27, 2005 23:02 IST T P Sreenivasan, among India's [ Images ] most distinguished diplomats, continues his column based on his encounters with some of the world's most famous people. "Why didn't the Indians integrate with the local communities?" "What was the nature of the guarantees the British gave Indians when they came here?" "What did the Government of India do to prevent discrimination against Indians?" "Would the Indians rise in armed revolt if discrimination persists?" The questions came at me like machinegun fire and I had to answer them swiftly and briefly. The next question followed in the same fashion and I had just enough time to catch my breath. The young Congressman had his eyes riveted on me and he appeared impressed with my answers, but he did not respond to them. He continued with his questions. The year was 1987 and the venue was the residence of the US ambassador to F

SIT's reported clean chit to Narendra Modi vindicates our stand: BJP

Published: Friday, Dec 3, 2010, 17:20 IST Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI BJP today said the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) reportedly giving a clean chit to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots cases vindicates the party's stand on the issue. "This issue is in court. We are not aware of what the SIT has said, so we will not be able to make a detailed comment. But if such an outcome is there then it will be a truth which will vindicate our stand on the matter," leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and MP from Gujarat Arun Jaitley said. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "BJP has taken the stand to cooperate with law. People may have been conspiring against the BJP, but we believe in law." The SIT has submitted its report to the apex court on allegations levelled by the wife of a former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, Zakiathat Modi and his close aides aided and abetted the post-Godhra carnage in which her husband was kill

WIKILEAK: BALOCH REQUEST UNHCR FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF BRAHMDAGH BUGTI TO IRELAND

Friday, 18 December 2009, 11:04 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 ISLAMABAD 003037 NOFORN SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL : 12/18/2034 TAGS PREL , PGOV , PREF , PK , AF SUBJECT: BALOCH REQUEST UNHCR FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF BRAHMDAGH BUGTI TO IRELAND Classified By: Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, for reasons 1.4 (b)(d) Summary A senior UN official approaches the US with a proposal to obtain asylum for Baloch nationalist leader Brahumdagh Bugti, who is wanted by Pakistan, in Ireland. The plan collapses after a meeting between the CIA station chief and the head of the ISI . Key sections highlighted in yellow. Read related article 1. (S/ NF ) Summary: XXXXXXXXXXXX, who has been designated by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres as XXXXXXXXXXXX in Pakistan , met with the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission on December 13 to discuss the U.S. Government's position on the possible movement of Baloch leader Brahmdagh Bugti from Afghanistan to a country of asylum. He requested U.S. inter

Barkha Dutt on the Allegations Against Her

http://www.ndtv.com/page/?type=barkha-statement As a journalist, whose work has been consistently hard-hitting and scathingly critical of the ongoing 2G scam and the former Telecom Minister, I am astonished, angered and hurt to see the baseless allegations against me in sections of the media this week. While there is no doubt that journalists must be held to the same exacting standards of accountability that we seek from others, the allegations in this instance, as they relate to me, are entirely slanderous and not backed by a shred of evidence. The edited conversations between PR Representative Nira Radia and me have been headlined to suggest that I misused my role as a journalist to "lobby" for A. Raja, a man I have never met. While this is completely untrue, I can understand the anger and anguish that such a misrepresentation can create, among viewers who rely on me to report honestly and impartially. And I would like to address some of the questions raised by these

Attacks on Nuclear Scientists in Tehran

By Ben West STRATFOR " Attacks on Nuclear Scientists in Tehran is republished with permission of STRATFOR." On the morning of Nov. 29, two Iranian scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear development program were attacked . One was killed, and the other was injured. According to Iranian media, the deceased, Dr. Majid Shahriari, was heading the team responsible for developing the technology to design a nuclear reactor core, and Time magazine referred to him as the highest-ranking non-appointed individual working on the project. Official reports indicate that Shahriari was killed when assailants on motorcycles attached a “sticky bomb” to his vehicle and detonated it seconds later. However, the Time magazine report says that an explosive device concealed inside the car detonated and killed him. Shahriari’s driver and wife, both of whom were in the car at the time, were injured. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of town, Dr. Fereidoon Abassi was injured in a sticky-bomb attack repo

INTERVIEW: Iran in Africa

Iranian Diplomacy Africa a Lost Cause without a Road Map Interview with Javid Ghorban-Oghli Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a short tour to the West African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Togo last week. In his visits, Mottaki underscored Africa’s upgraded importance in Iranian diplomacy, and inked a number of economic agreements with African officials. But Javid Ghorban-Oghli, Iran’s former ambassador to Algeria and South Africa, is not so optimistic about the achievements of Mottaki’s visit to West Africa. In an interview with Iranian Diplomacy, he elaborates his arguments: IRD: What is your impression of Manouchehr Mottaki’s recent visit to West Africa? JQO: There is no doubt that Africa needs more attention in our diplomacy. Previous administrations were also aware of this necessity, and they had dedicated particular attention to Africa. But the important point is that we need a clear plan to achieve our goals, whether they are economic or diplo

Iran: Surge in Cases of Husband Murder

http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/ISN-Insights/Detail?lng=en&id=124619&contextid734=124619&contextid735=124611&tabid=124611 More and more women are being convicted of a once unheard-of crime in Iran: killing their husbands. By Saba Vasefi for IWPR Courtside stories about wives accused of murdering their husbands were once almost unheard of in Iran, but these days they are common enough to excite little attention. In the last decade, the number of women accused of the crime has surged. One ongoing case involves a woman accused of strangling her husband with a motorcycle chain. Making her eighth court appearance on November 10, the defendant, who has been named in court only as Leila, continues to insist she is innocent and says her husband committed suicide. Her daughter testified against her. "Mariticide as a commonplace crime is a recent phenomenon in Iran," a local lawyer who wanted to remain anonymous said. "I can scarcely recall any cases of