"We are brothers and sisters,closer than friends" - Dr Sunil Jogi
Dr Sunil Jogi:
A leading humorous poet and head of the Hindustani Academy in India talks about his desire for peace between his country and Pakistan

By Raja Zahid A. Khanzada

Sunil Jogi, a humorous poet from Uttar Pradesh, India, was recently in Dallas, Texas, to participate in an Urdu-Hindi mushaira held here recently, where he held the audience enthralled with his witticisms and poetry.

I caught up with him afterwards for an exchange of views on India-Pa ..... more

Kabir in Lahore The four-day Kabir Festival in Lahore ending on Thursday features the acclaimed Kabir Project from India

A four-day long festival in Lahore celebrating Kabir Das, the revered 15th century poet and mystic who defied the boundaries between Hindu and M .....more

'Turn disaster into opportunity' Nature knows no boundaries. File photo/PTI AJK civil society urges the governments of India and Pakistan to open LoC to send relief goods to Kashmir Valley

The governments of India and Pakistan must allow the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to send immediate relief goods for the flood-affe .....more

AMAN KI ASHA BOOKSHELF The peace process between India and Pakistan took off with Vajpai's offer of CBMs in October 2003 and initially showed a great promise. However, by spring 2006 there were signs of a deadlock in official negotiations between the two sides.

Then back channel dialog .....more

Beyond the headlines Gaurav Chauhan and Ramsha Jahangir continue their online cross-border coffee table discussion. The first installment of this conversation was published in Aman ki Asha on September 3, 2014.

Gaurav Chauhan: Being honest with you Ramsha, .....more

BRIEFS Reviving religious sites

Pakistan, home to numerous religious sites of Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, has taken on the challenge of developing these assets. Such steps are expected to boost provincial economy and promote respect and tolerance in the c .....more

In search of Buddha: A journey of a thousand miles Takht-i-Bahi, Mardan: part of Pakistan's vast Buddhist heritage. A Pakistani travel journalist and writer encounters a kindred spirit on the Lahore-Islamabad bus --Sunita Dwivedi, author of three books on Buddhist heritage sites in India, Central Asia and along the Silk Road

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

I met her .....more

Joint statement by Editors of Jang Group & Times of India

Peace between India and Pakistan has been stubbornly elusive and yet tantalizingly inevitable. This vast subcontinent senses the bounties a peace dividend can deliver to its people yet it recoils from claiming a share. The natural impulse would be to break out of the straitjacket of stated positions and embrace an ideal that promises sustained prosperity to the region, yet there is hesitation. There is a collective paralysis of the will, induced by the trauma of birth, amplified by false starts, mistrust, periodic outbreaks of violence, suspicion, misplaced jingoism and diplomatic doublespeak. Hypnotized by their own mantra, the two states are reluctant to move towards normalization until certain terms and certain promises are kept.



The world has seen worse cases of animosity

Thursday, July 12, 2012
by Ammar Shahbazi
Cultural and linguistic bonds of a civilization are stronger than its religious bonds, says professor Naeem ur Rehman Farooqi, former Pro Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University. "So the connection between India and Pakistan is inherent and intrinsic, something that no political and military power can ever erode" In an interview with Aman Ki Asha, he said that the history of a civilisation cann


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55_7-03-2011_1.jpgThe News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.

Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were released after the talks. ....read more

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