Beena Sarwar
Beena Sarwar
Build on goodwill, not hate

Build on goodwill, not hate

In the wake of escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, people on both sides of the border continue to express solidarity through peace initiatives In an unprecedented and heart-warming...
A cross-border royal Rajput wedding

A cross-border royal Rajput wedding

The Rajput ‘Tikka’ ceremony in Amarkot on Dec 7 will take place in Pakistan for the first time since 1947 There is great excitement in the Rajput community in India and in Pakistan about...
The “DearNeighbour” Peace Challenge

The “DearNeighbour” Peace Challenge

A ‘velfie’ movement is sweeping social media as Indians and Pakistanis share video messages for peace. Are the politicians listening? A three-minute film urging people to converse with...
Spotlight on: child rights, education and peace

Spotlight on: child rights, education and peace

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...
Asha ki Kiran

Asha ki Kiran

By Beena Sarwar On January 20, 2014, her seventeenth birthday, Kiran Soomro flew from Karachi to Bangalore on with her parents. They left with hope in their hearts and a prayer on their lips,...
Nitu’s mission: Save Kiran

Nitu’s mission: Save Kiran

By Beena Sarwar PERSONAL POLITICAL “Didi, I want to live,” 16-year old Kiran Soomro in Karachi tells her friend Nitu Jiwnani in Mumbai. “I don’t want to die.”They are...
New visa regime

New visa regime

A welcome step forward, a long way to go The Aman ki Asha “Milne Do” online petition addresses several areas that the governments have not touched – especially issues faced by...
NOSTALGIA…Beyond business

NOSTALGIA…Beyond business

I remember the excitement as we readied ourselves for that (delayed) flight to New Delhi in May 2010. Several businessmen and women were headed for the Aman ki Asha Indo-Pak Meet along with those of...
India and Pakistan are stronger together

India and Pakistan are stronger together

guardian.co.uk Beena Sarwar Loosening cultural, travel and trade restrictions is a vital first step to rediscovering our two countries’ shared heritage India and Pakistan may be neighbours but...
Flood of despair, a trickle of hope

Flood of despair, a trickle of hope

By Beena Sarwar July 28, 2010 was a bad day for Pakistan. That morning, heavy rains led to a private airline plane crashing into the Margalla hills near Islamabad, killing all 152 on board. The rains...