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Poem: “I told her a lie” (There are no winners in war)

Poem: “I told her a lie” (There are no winners in war)

Somehow, somewhere, peacemakers are keeping hope alive, against all odds.  One day, if they win, they will save a lot of lives and humanity on both sides. Sharing here a poem I wrote in January 2014...
A conversation through the drums of war

A conversation through the drums of war

As border tensions and political rhetoric escalate, a Pakistani talks to his Indian college friend He says “You are not like your brethren, In you I’ve only known kindness, compassion and...
Pakistan, India, Independence Days: A peace pilgrimage to Wagah border

Pakistan, India, Independence Days: A peace pilgrimage to Wagah border

Aman Dost Yatra, a courageous journey for peace spearheaded by young Indian activists, is headed from Delhi to Amritsar, aiming to reach Wagah border on the evening of 14 August to jointly celebrate...
Mera dost Raza, my friend Raza

Mera dost Raza, my friend Raza

I cannot find the words to express my grief over the disappearance of my dear friend Raza from Lahore. When I heard that he was missing, it shook me to the fibre of my being. How can a man who...
A young Indian activist’s anguished post about her disappeared colleague in Pakistan

A young Indian activist’s anguished post about her disappeared colleague in Pakistan

Young Indian activist Devika Mittal in Delhi has written a moving post about the disappearance of her friend and colleague Raza Khan in Pakistan. Mittal, one of the leaders of the cross-border youth...
#FindRaza Aaghaz-e-Dosti concerned about whereabouts of Raza Mehmood Khan

#FindRaza Aaghaz-e-Dosti concerned about whereabouts of Raza Mehmood Khan

The cross-border youth group Aaghaz-e-Dosti (start of friendship) has issued a statement expressing concern about the disappearance of Raza Khan, the group’s Pakistan Convener. Raza Khan was...
Aman Shanti: If not now, when? If not us, who? Children speak

Aman Shanti: If not now, when? If not us, who? Children speak

Two Indian teens in Mumbai respond to a Pakistani school girl’s plea for peace “The meaning of my name ‘Aman’ is peace”, wrote Aman Shahid, a sixth-grade student in Lahore. “I am sure...
Pakistan vs India – Never just a cricket match

Pakistan vs India – Never just a cricket match

Pakistan-India encounters have always been larger than life, never just a game of cricket or any other sport. Pakistan vs India game in any sport is a festival, an occasion to bring people together,...
From ‘dushman’ to ‘dost’: schoolkids bond at a cross-border video conference

From ‘dushman’ to ‘dost’: schoolkids bond at a cross-border video conference

Bringing students together virtually at Aaghaz-e-Dosti’s 7th Indo-Pak Classroom Connect Pakistani and Indian schoolchildren across the border interacted through the Indo-Pak youth...
Prominent speakers highlight the need for India-Pakistan dialogue

Prominent speakers highlight the need for India-Pakistan dialogue

At a panel discussion on ‘Revitalising Indo-Pak Peacebuilding Efforts’ in New Delhi on Feb 16, a host of luminaries agreed on the need for both countries to have an ongoing dialogue. At...