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Opposition backs Govt. on diplomatic offensive
NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today managed to mobilise the Opposition leaders behind his ``let-us-first-exhaust-the-diplomatic-options'' strategy against Pakistan. Almost all the major Opposition parties at ... More
PM invites Sonia to lead team
NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. The Trinamool Congress leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee's random suggestion that the Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, be invited to attend the SAARC summit along with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, was ... More
Pak. seeks `actionable evidence'
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 30. The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has said that while Pakistan desired peace with India, it was capable of defending its sovereignty in the face of any aggression, even as the Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, ... More
We are moving against militant elements: Musharraf
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 30. The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, tonight accused India of creating hurdles in the path of his Government in tackling extremism in the country by deploying troops on the borders. Under tremendous international ... More
Troop mobilisation almost complete
NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. India is about to complete its military mobilisation along the International Border and the Line of Control, according to highly-placed Government sources. Pakistan's troop build-up, which also includes positioning of Hatf-1 ... More
Fernandes asked to keep away
NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, in the eye of the storm, in recent days, over the `coffin scam' was conspicuous by his absence from today's all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari ... More
Jaswant, Sattar may meet in Kathmandu
NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. While talks between the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, are virtually ruled out, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, is likely to meet his Pakistan ... More
Officials avoid interaction
KATHMANDU, DEC. 30. The Foreign Secretary, Ms. Chokila Iyer, and her Pakistani counterpart, Mr. Inamul Haq, avoided interaction, making evident the chill in Indo-Pak. relations, at the first session of the standing committee meeting of Foreign ... More
Ex-scientists' accounts frozen
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 30 Pakistan has frozen the bank accounts of two of its former nuclear scientists suspected of links with Osama bin Laden, it was announced here today. The State Bank of Pakistan has frozen the assets of Sultan Bashir-ud-Din ... More
3 Pak. soldiers killed
JAMMU, DEC. 30. Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and four of their bunkers destroyed and one border outpost damaged when Indian troops opened heavy retaliatory mortar fire on the Pakistani positions across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kopri ... More
Mad rush for last train to Pakistan
New Delhi, Dec. 30. A packed Delhi-Attari special chugged out of the old Delhi railway station tonight amid tight security on its last run to the border post carrying hordes of Pakistanis to catch the last train to their homeland. ... More

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