Pranab Mukherjee and Aman ki Asha
We extend our congratulations to the newly elected Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. His visionary words, spoken as chief guest at the first Aman ki Asha (AKA) Economic Conference in New Delhi in May 2010, still resonate: "If the two [Pakistani and Indian] business communities come together, the sky will be the limit".
Then Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee had heaped praises on Jang Group and Times of India for initiating the AKA peace campaign and had described Pakistanis and Indians as "brothers and sisters".
Shahrukh Hasan of Jang Group receiving Pranab Mukherjee, then finance minister of India, at the first Aman ki Asha Economic Conference in New Delhi, May 2010; also seen is Vineet Jain of Times of India Group.
Visa kholo, dil se bolo
An ongoing signature campaign urging the governments of India and Pakistan to ease visa restrictions takes on momentum with the rickshaw posters in Lahore. To join the campaign, 'like' the facebook page Pakistan-India Relaxed Visa Regime https://www.facebook.com/RelaxedVisa
Siachen: unite to fight the greater foe
Sanctuary Asia and People for Social Action are organising a seminar in Mumbai on Aug 14, on "Siachen: A Shared Heritage", a civil society discussion on the Siachen Glacier.
"India and Pakistan had better learn to live in peace because the war we must jointly fight is one against climate change, which is already in advanced stages and is causing our glaciers to melt, our mangroves to deliver fewer fish and our soils to deny us the food it was once used to," writes Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia.
"Sensible people know that when families are in trouble they unite to fight the greater foe... which in this case is nature gone wrong because humans have consistently ignored the messages it has been sending -- early and late monsoons, more frequent and more violent storms, droughts, disease, rising seas and melting glaciers. "The time to act is now and Siachen is surely an arena of conflict that can become a zone of peace to symbolise how people working together (nature must laugh at our notions of border and national fervour!) can overcome seemingly impossible odds."
We couldn't agree more.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
An online video about Sikhs looking after a mosque built by his ancestors inspires
the writer to re-connect with his past across the border
By Syed Saadat Hu
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
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 release....read more
For the past 2 years the Jang Group and Geo have been working on a project of great national interest; one that we hope will help usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the country and indeed, in the region. And one that hopefully all Pakistanis can be proud of. more
The Jang Group has entered into an agreement with the Times of India Group, the largest media group of India, to campaign for peace betw