India Buys the Most Iranian Oil, 23 Shiites Die in Pakistan Suicide Blast | Feb. 13 – 17, 2012

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Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand, India. (Photo: Lingaraj G J)

Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand, India. (Photo: Lingaraj G J)

Life moves fast. News moves faster. The 2005 earthquake was a cover for American agents to enter Kashmir, some believe America owes Pakistan an apology and a proposed hydroelectric plan could power most of South Asia.

Secret Agent Men Several Americans who entered Kashmir after the 2005 earthquake that left more than 70,000 dead may not have been aid and construction workers, as previously believed. Rather, a new book says they were secret agents, sent to track terrorists without submitting to standard background checks. [The Telegraph]

How Crude! Despite western sanctions, India has turned out to be the biggest purchaser of Iranian crude oil in the world, spending $12 billion a year there. Boycotting the Middle Eastern nation seems unlikely as well since 80 percent of India’s petroleum comes from Iran. [Economic Times]

Did We Do That? The Atlantic reports that President Barack Obama is considering issuing an official apology to the Pakistanis for the November NATO attack that left at least 24 Pakistan soldiers dead. Ahead of the American pullout from Afghanistan, an apology could go a long way in easing tensions with and winning support from Islamabad. [The Atlantic]

Infighting Twenty-three Shiite Muslims were killed near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Friday when a motorcyclist detonated a suicide bomb in a market. Another example of Pakistani sectarian violence, a local Sunni Taliban leader claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the Shiites had attacked Sunnis in the first place. [TIME]

Gridluck India has its eyes on its neighbors’ hydroelectric capabilities with plans for a $300 billion transnational power grid. Linking India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan’s resources could generate 200 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 150 million homes. [Global Post]

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