India-Pakistan tension

Decades of animosity between neighbours India and Pakistan

An officer from the Indian Central Reserve Police Force on guard in Srinagar, Kashmir, yesterday. India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in entirety but control different parts of the state. The two nuclear-armed countries have gone to war thrice over
An officer from the Indian Central Reserve Police Force on guard in Srinagar, Kashmir, yesterday. India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in entirety but control different parts of the state. The two nuclear-armed countries have gone to war thrice over Kashmir.PHOTO: REUTERS
Goods trucks at the border town of Chakothi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Goods trucks at the border town of Chakothi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Terrorism, Kashmir the two main issues that continue to blight any peace prospects

On Nov 26, 2008, Pakistan's then Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was visiting India when news broke that 10 terrorists from Karachi in Pakistan were attacking different locations in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

Mr Qureshi did not cut short his visit as expected. Instead, he went on to address the Indian Women's Press Club in Delhi. Halfway through the session, he got up, saying he had to take an urgent call. He came back in a sober mood and soon after left the club, flying back to Pakistan the same day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Decades of animosity'. Print Edition | Subscribe