Wanted: A democratic policy regime in South Asia
The allocation of resources, more than the lack of government revenue, is the real problem. Governments must make a commitment towards three major public expenditures
By Alauddin Mohammad

The visa, travel and trade constraints that exist between the countries of South Asia make it the world's least connected region. Political insurgencies, fragile democratic institutions, fundamentalism, terrorism and ethnic conflicts all threaten regional peace and prosperity. H ..... more




"Talking to you is talking to myself" Sadiqa and Aditi: discoveries By Aditi Rao
This lyric essay is dedicated to my friend, Sadiqa Ali Sultan, from Quetta in Pakistan. Sadiqa runs a community TV channel that seeks to be a voice of the Hazara community, and she is passionate about standing in solidarity with movements of non-v .....more

Friendship is about humanity An Indo-Pak graduation 2011, United Kingdom. By Qurat ul ain Ansari
I got to interact with Indians for the first time while studying in UK. I was the only Pakistani in my class, and there were six Indian girls -- who treated me completely differently from what I expected.
Living in Pakistan one hates .....more

BriefS Indian origin Nagesh Avadhany: reclaiming Urdu Bonding over Mustafa Zaidi
The Urdu Academy of North America in its monthly gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area attracts an eclectic blend of Indians and Pakistanis, some of who drive for hours to attend the event.
Its Mehfil-e-Sher-o-Sukhan last Sunda .....more

Indian origin Nagesh NAPA's Shankuntala Avadhany: reclaiming Urdu
Kalidas' Shakuntala, Karachi

The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) has given a modern twist to the centuries-old Sanskrit drama 'Shakuntala' by Kalidas, being performed at the academy's theatre April 17-27 at 8 pm, daily T .....more

Indian lady dies of heart attack after seeing her brother after 16 yrs LAHORE: An Indian woman, who came to Pakistan to visit her brother after span of 16 years, has died after a heart attack.

Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Larkana and brother of the visiting woman Sarala Devi, said that the tragic incident occurred when her sister emb .....more

Gulzar's new Indo-Pak peace film Still from the film: Humanity has no borders "This is a beautiful film which I felt could help promote the peace initiative I was associated with, Aman ki Asha"
After a gap of 13 years, veteran poet Gulzar's name will be appearing on the credits of a film as more than a writer and lyricist - he is also t .....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.

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Articles

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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Special Edition

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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