"If not a joint cricket team, at least we can make music together"
Mekaal Hasan Band: The new Indo-Pak line-up
Pakistani guitarist Mekaal Hasan and flutist Muhammad Ahsan Papu, and Indian musicians Gino Banks, drummer, Sheldon D'Silva, bass, and vocalist Sharmistha Chatterjee are now part of the first ever Indo-Pak band
The Mekaal Hasan Band, which performed before a huge crowd in Vadodra, India recently, hopes to soon release its third album - the first with the new Indo-Pak line-up. Founder and producer Mekaal Hasan spoke to Soumitra Das of the Times News Network.
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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

BriefS Wanted: A problem-solving approach
Aman ki Asha is a wonderful initiative that is doing a great service," said Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States. He hoped that the India Pakistan peace effort of the Jang Group and the Times of Indi .....more

Pakistan Expo in Mumbai Filmstar Poonam Dhillon at the Expo The Made in Pakistan Expo in Mumbai last week, MIPEM 2014, was a resounding success by all accounts. Participated in by a hundred Pakistani including leading brands in textile fabric, fashion garments, lawn print suits (stitched and unstitched), designer footwear, onyx, .....more

Sikh pilgrims cross over Wagah for Baisakhi LAHORE
A delegation of thousands of Sikh pilgrims arrived in Lahore via Wagah Border from Amritsar, India on Thursday to celebrate this year's Baisakhi Festival which marks the time of harvest of rabi crops in Indian and Pakistani Punjab.
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Dhoni's new Pakistani fan The Indian captain won over a new fan when he arranged a complimentary pass for a die-hard Pakistani cricket lover
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to walk the talk. So, when he declared that the hostility associated with an India-Pakistan encounter is long over, .....more

A soulmate across the border A special moment: (L-R) Bhumi Mathuria (Yogesh's daughter), Yogesh Mathuria, Jayesh Patel, Dr. Amir Abbas Soomro, Sanjay Mudnaney To welcome Dr. Amir at my house in Mumbai was a special moment in my life...
By Yogesh Mathuria

It was a mutual Sindhi friend Sanjay Mudnaney from Mumbai who introduced me to Dr. Amir Abbas Soomro in Karachi on Facebook. Somehow, I felt destiny was waiting .....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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