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In Ramzan, an appeal to release Hamid Ansari from Pakistani prison

In Ramzan, an appeal to release Hamid Ansari from Pakistani prison

By N. N. Bhatia I have been in touch with Fauzia N. Ansari, a lecturer at a junior college and her husband Nihal Ansari, a retired banker, both in Mumbai. Their elder son Khalid Ansari is a...
Sharing our grief

Sharing our grief

Remembering Ashok Mitra Many in Pakistan would want to attend the memorial meetings taking place in India for the Ashok Mitra, Marxist economist and former head of the Pakistan India Peoples Forum...
Nowhere man: An accidental Pakistani with Indian family seeks Indian citizenship

Nowhere man: An accidental Pakistani with Indian family seeks Indian citizenship

In a wonderful gift at the advent of Ramzan, on 17 May, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad granted a visit visa to Muhammad Viqar Sharif, 47, an accidental Pakistani stuck in a boys’ hostel in...
India, Pakistan agree to facilitate faster repatriation of each other’s fishermen and boats, engage more on hotline

India, Pakistan agree to facilitate faster repatriation of each other’s fishermen and boats, engage more on hotline

Focusing on an issue that needs to be addressed on humanitarian grounds Signaling a slight thaw in their troubled bilateral relations, India and Pakistan have decided to ensure closer coordination...
SAARC should take the lead in promoting films as Track 3 diplomacy

SAARC should take the lead in promoting films as Track 3 diplomacy

By Nazar Muhammad Jumani This is why extremists on both sides play upon people’s fears and project the “other” as enemies. In this scenario, instability in the South Asia region flourishes,...
Ceasefire in Kashmir

Ceasefire in Kashmir

By Ershad Mahmud The Indian government has finally instructed its forces to halt military operations in Kashmir and observe a ceasefire during the month of Ramazan, which is a welcome development. A...
Once spy vs spy, now retired chiefs of RAW and ISI co-author a book

Once spy vs spy, now retired chiefs of RAW and ISI co-author a book

The just-published Spy Chronicles is written as a conversation between two former spy chiefs — A.S. Dulat, RAW, India, and Asad Durrani, ISI, Pakistan — and senior journalist Aditya...
Unforgettable Madeeha

Unforgettable Madeeha

RIP Madeeha Gauhar, 1956-2018: A personal tribute When Madeeha Gauhar passed away on 25 April 2018, those who knew her found a little space in their hearts filled with a void. She had a towering,...
India, Pakistan to revive joint judicial panel on prisoners, fishermen

India, Pakistan to revive joint judicial panel on prisoners, fishermen

Pakistan has responded positively to India’s proposal to revive a mechanism of a joint judicial panel which looks into humanitarian issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other’s...
A Dastango who left the stage too soon

A Dastango who left the stage too soon

Ankit Chadha (1987-2018) The young man with smiling eyes who I had met in Lahore in October 2013 has left everyone who knew him teary-eyed. When I read on the social media about the death of the...