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Joint Nobel Peace Prize laureates Pakistani Malala Yousufzai and Indian Kailash Satyarthi vow to work together and invite their Prime Ministers to the awards ceremony

Speaking at the Birmingham Library after school last Friday, the youngest ever Nobel Laureate, Pakistan's 17-year old Malala Yousafzai said she was "really happy" to be sharing the award with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60.

The Nobel Committee announced that it was awarding th ..... more




Binding Music After a sabbatical of five years and some inner restructuring, the Mekaal Hasan Band is all set to release its new album with a female lead vocalist.

By Sameen Amer


Following a change in line-up a few months ago, the Mekaal Hasan Band has tra .....more

"I feel if music is honest and made with integrity, it has the power to touch and heal hearts." Trained Indian classical singer Sharmistha Chatterjee joins Pakistan’s Mekaal Hasan Band as lead vocalist. The Sufi-rock band from Lahore becomes a cross-border collaboration as Sharmistha Chatterjee takes a place behind the mike in Meekal Hasan Band's line-up. Instep catches up with the band's new vocalist for a quick Q&A.

By Sameen Amer


In .....more

What this Nobel Peace Prize means to us Some comments from Aman ki Asha supporters on the joint award of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to an Indian and Pakistani

Lalita Ramdas:
The theme of Indo Pak peace has been a recurring one, flagged by organisations like the Ramon M .....more

India, Pakistan, South Asia groups call for peace Sand artist Sudharsan Pattnaik’s sculpture, Pune: underlining the human suffering. Citizens' groups urge India and Pakistan to implement the 2003 ceasefire and resolve all issues through talks

With the civilian death toll rising and desperate villagers forced to flee their homes due to the continuous firing since October 1st acros .....more

BriefS Sand artist for peace

Sand artist Sudershan Pattnaik had created a sculpture of Malala Yousufzai on the beach of Puri in Odisha with a "Get well soon" message after she was attacked. He has now created another sculpture honouring her and her co-awar .....more

Aaghaz-e-Dosti condemns ceasefire violations from both sides; appeals to restore peace & humanity Local residents along the LoC are being forced to flee their homes because of the constant shelling. Photo: Reuters Since October 1, there has been an exchange of fire on the Indo-Pak border. Both India and Pakistan have been violating the ceasefire. Both have not only killed soldiers but also civilians. The border skirmishes have claimed lives of 9 Pakistanis and 8 Indians. On both .....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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