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India-Pakistan relations

India and Pakistan are neighbouring countries in Asia. The relations between the countries have been strained since they both gained independence from British. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since Independence from Britain in 1947. The relations between the countries were hit further when a Pakistani-based gunmen attacked Mumbai in 2008.

2012

Indian external affairs minister SM Krishna travelled to Islamabad. The countries inked a visa liberalisation pact during the visit.

2014

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire and opened fire with small arms and mortars on Indian posts in Doda battalion area along the LoC in Poonch district. Apr 25, 2014

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire for the second time in four days. Shots were fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The firing occurred at 5:15 in the morning. Apr 28, 2014

66th Indian Republic Day

The Indian and Pakistan troops at the Line of Control (LoC) exchanged sweets on the occasion of Indian Republic Day. The troops exchanged sweets at three places - Kaman Post, Uri sector on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road, Teetwal in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir and Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch Sector of Jammu region.

2015

In Feb 2015, India has announced that it will send their foreign secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar to Pakistan to discuss all issues of common interest. The US State Department has welcomed the move. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to convey wishes for Pakistan team in the 2015 World Cup.

On 10 July 2015, Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Ufa. Key issues including 26/11 trial and fishermen release were discussed.

On 22 August 2015, Pakistan has cancelled NSA-level talks with India over 'preconditions' set by India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif met briefly on the side lines of the 21st Conf3erence of Countries on 30 November 2015.

On 6 December 2015, the Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisers led delegations for talks in Bangkok, Thailand. Pakistan NSA Lt. Gen (Retd.) Nasir Khan Janjua and Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretaries Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury and S Jaishankar, and other officials held talks. The discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and other issues including tranquillity along the LoC.

Indian External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Pakistan

On 8 December 2015, Indian External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended a 'Heart of Asia conference' in Islamabad. This is the first ministerial level visit to Pakistan after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn. She will travel to Islamabad on 8 December 2015. Sushma Swaraj will call on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. She will also hold talks with his Pakistani PM's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz during her visit. Sushma Swaraj will be accompanied by foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

On 23 December 2015, Pakistan had proposed talks between foreign secretaries to discuss all outstanding issues in January 2016.

On 25 December 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan. On his way back from Afghanistan, Modi dropped by Lahore to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

On 15 January 2016, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad to discuss the modalities of the bilateral comprehensive dialogue which was announced by Sushma Swaraj earlier in December. Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar will travel to Islamabad to hold talks with his Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

2016

On 2 January 2016, Five terrorists suspected to belong to the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit attacked the Pathankot IAF base. In a 16-hour long gun battle, all the five terrorists, a commando and two IAF personnel died. Pakistan condemned the attack and said it remains committed to partner with India as well as other countries in the region to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism.

Pakistan, on 8 March 2016, confirmed that it had shared intelligence with India on possible terror strikes in Gujarat and metros of India ahead of the Maha Shivratri festival. Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that sharing of intelligence between countries is routine and somehow is has been leaked to the media this time.

Pakistan not to send Cricket team for T20 World Cup without Government-backed security assurance
Pakistan interior minister Nisar Ali Khan said that Pakistan will not send their Cricket team to the Twenty20 World Cup in India without strong government-backed assurance on security for the team and its spectators. India has already shifted the venue of the India-Pakistan match to Kolkata from Dharmashala on Pakistan's demand. However, Indian officials are of the view that it is impossible to provide security for Pakistani spectators.

Indian Prime Ministers who visited Pakistan

  • Jawaharlal Nehru - July 25-27, 1953 and September 19-23, 1960
  • Rajiv Gandhi - December 29-31, 1988 and July 16-17, 1989
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee - February 19-20, 1999 and January 4-6, 2004
  • Narendra Modi - December 25 2015

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