ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s president has invited India’s prime minister to visit, the latest sign of thawing relations between the historical arch enemies.
The Pakistani government says President Asif Ali Zardari extended the invitation on Friday in a letter sent to Prime Minister Manhoman Singh.
Zardari met with Singh in April during a brief pilgrimage to a Muslim shrine in neighbouring India. Both countries were carved out of British India and achieved independence in 1947. They have fought three major wars since then. Relations have improved somewhat over the last year, especially with respect to trade. But they still harbour major disagreements.
NATO members killed
KABUL: The NATO military coalition in Afghanistan says two of its service members have been killed in an insurgent attack in the east of the country. The military alliance says the attack happened on Saturday but doesn’t provide further details. NATO also did not provide the nationalities of the dead. Most of the troops in eastern Afghanistan are American, Saturday’s deaths bring the number of international service members killed in Afghanistan so far this month to at least 42. July 2011 saw 52 international service members killed.