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The world has seen worse cases of animosity

The world has seen worse cases of animosity

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....
People for peace

People for peace

The Indian government’s clearance of visas for 237 Pakistanis to attend a major peace convention in Allahabad from Dec 29 to Jan 1 is a welcome step, allowing the much-delayed Eighth Joint...
The power of compassion

The power of compassion

By Kamran Rehmat My father, Rehmat Ullah Khan, was born in District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India. He came to Pakistan on the last train, a boy of 14, orphaned by the worst carnage known to modern...
In humanity’s name

In humanity’s name

An Indian Supreme Court judge and a group of eminent citizens of India, approached by the Aman ki Asha initiative of the Jang and Times of India groups, have moved into swift action to try and secure...
‘Mohali: let it be an ‘Aman Ka Chakka’

‘Mohali: let it be an ‘Aman Ka Chakka’

When India beat Australia to reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals, South Asia seemed to erupt in joy from Nepal and Sri Lanka, to Pakistan and Bangladesh and of course, India itself. Possibly for...
Side-effect Constant, for sure

Side-effect Constant, for sure

 By Harris Khalique Seasoned Indian diplomat and legislator Mani Shankar Aiyar, in his column titled “Constant or Composite?” has pleaded for an uninterrupted and uninterruptible...
Even in death

Even in death

By Urvashi Butalia A friend once told me a strange story about visas. Her uncle, an Indian married to a Pakistani and working in a third country, died in a country he was visiting on business. The...
Constant or composite?

Constant or composite?

By Mani Shankar Aiyar The quarrel between the two governments has had the most deleterious consequences for precisely those crores of Indians and Pakistanis who have never had anything but...
The consulates snag

The consulates snag

By Babar Ayaz One big snag in the process of normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India is the delay in the reopening of the deputy high commissions in Karachi and in Mumbai, the...
For a people-friendly visa regime

For a people-friendly visa regime

By Manvendra Singh A death in the family led to my first encounter with a Pakistani national. This was before a fence came to be erected along the border between the two countries. Back then there...