Unofficial talks about official talks...and some mis-talks
Mani Shankar Aiyar and Javed Jabbar at the Sixth Parliamentarians Photo: PILDAT
A former Senator invited to participate as Adviser at the recent India-Pakistan Parliamentarians dialogue in India shares his observations, including the consensus on the indispensability of official talks

By Javed Jabbar

Twelve Parliamentarians of Pakistan and 27 Parliamentarians of India met for a day and a half of dialogue in New Delhi on December 11 and 12, 2014.

This was the first such interaction between elected legislators of both co ..... more

Joint Statement: India-Pakistan Delhi, 2014: The Sixth Parliamentarians Dialogue. Photo: PILDAT Parliamentarians Dialogue-VI

Text of the Joint Statement issued at the end of the Sixth India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue, New Delhi, India, December 11-12, 2014

1. Round VI of the India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dial .....more

BriefS File photo Hope for fisherfolk
The high-level talks between India and Pakistan being held on December 17-18, led by the chiefs of the Indian Coast Guard chief and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, will also take up the issue of early release of the fishermen .....more

Mahesh Bhatt's "Milne Do" Imran Zahid and Mahesh Bhatt Mahesh Bhatt, in an attempt to find common ground between India and Pakistan,
is all set to produce and present a play titled "Milne Do".

The veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, in his ongoing attempt to find common ground between India and Pakistan .....more

Ali Zafar: Back in town Ali Zafar: the rugged look. Styling: Nabila; Photographer: Amean J. Singer-actor Ali Zafar has had a marvelous year. His latest Bollywood venture, the Yash Raj production Kill Dil confirmed him as a versatile, multi-talented star with the ability to morph into any role.

By Rubia Moghees

The return of the risi .....more

BriefS Sheema Kermani: File photo Cultural crossings

At the South Asia Women's Conference in Mumbai, Pakistani dancer Sheema Kermani performed to Indian singer Neela Bhagwat singing the poems of Faiz and Mukta Bai. The Conference was jointly organised by the Tata Institute for Socia .....more

The enemy within Congratulations to Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Sathyarti for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, International Human Rights Day. Let's work to eradicate the evils they are fighting Across South Asia we need to divert resources towards our real enemies and focus on providing a life of dignity to the underprivileged and the disadvantaged

By Samir Gupta

It was a regular Friday morning. I woke up to the sounds of the assemb .....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.



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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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. more

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