India Launches Nuclear-Capable Missile, Bin Laden Family Remains in Pakistan | April 16 – 20, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. This week, India gave North Korea a run for its money with the launch of a nuclear-capable missile that could reach China, while Pakistan continued to work on deporting Osama bin Laden’s remaining family. The CPJ also pushed Pakistan to probe the murder of a Dawn journalist found dead in Karachi.
To China and beyond. India successfully completed the test launch of Agni V, a long-range nuclear missile that could travel as far as Beijing and Shanghai. The move drew a mixed response around India’s intentions, which were largely seen as a message to China about its own nuclear strength. Though the countries relations are currently stable, the war of 1962 is not forgotten, especially as they compete for global prominence. (Wall Street Journal)
Delayed deportation. Pakistan worked through the legal formalities to deport Osama bin Laden’s remaining family, who were originally set to leave the country Tuesday night. The 12-member family includes three widows, eight children and one grandchild. A senior Pakistani security official could not offer an exact time frame for their departure but insisted the documents were under preparation. (AFP)
Slain journalist a mystery. Dawn journalist Murtaza Razvi was found dead in an artist’s studio Thursday, but Pakistani authorities were unable to identify a motive. His body showed signs of strangulation–his hands tied with a cloth. Police believe the incident occurred Thursday morning. His wife filed a missing person report that same day when Razvi failed to show up the night before. (Express Tribune)
Cricket wars. Bangladesh canceled its tour to Pakistan after a High Court order forced the national team to stay back over security concerns. The tour would have been Pakistan’s opportunity to host an international cricket match for the first time in three years, following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team by gunmen in Lahore. The Pakistan Cricket Board reacted with disappointment over the ruling, insisting the move jeopardizes the countries’ cricketing relations. (First Post)
Intel invades India. The first Intel smartphone is set to take India by storm, going on sale April 23. The 3G-enabled Xolo X900 runs on Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. It will cost consumers Rs 22,000 (approximately $425) without a cellular plan. The company plans to release other smartphones in the subcontinent in the coming months, having secured partnerships with Motorola, Orange, Lenovo and ZTE. (PCMag)
Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.