Beena Sarwar's article "What good is a dead body…" (July 4) truly depicted my frustration on failure of my efforts in moving about in the Indo-Pak subcontinent, which I still consider my motherland. It was only I.K. Gujral, a sharnarthi from Jehlum, who could understand the longing of the divided families to see their birthplace and meet their relatives and friends on the other side of the divide. The establishment of the different states in the subcontinent did in no way mean to raise the perfidious barriers against movement of the people. No one could visualise the creation of such closed-door states as a result of partition. In fact, the people were given to believe that at least the two states, India and Pakistan, would be like Canada and America, with free inter-state movement of the citizens of the two countries. They even talked of a corridor for communication between the erstwhile East and West Pakistan, now Pakistan and Bangladesh.
My generation, which is soon going to be extinct, is witness to all this history. Most of them will die, taking with them their longing to see the other side of the divide, which they once considered their 'Janam-bhoomi', their motherland.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Abida Parveen enthralls audience at Delhi Sufi Festival
The ruins of Humayun Tomb resonated with songs in praise of the legendary poets and saints rend .....more
Indian journalist Shivam Vij draws on several sources to compile this article about a great short story writer and humanist, revered on both sides of the bordermore
Dr Girdhar J Gayani stood tall at the podium in his black suit. "Assalamoalaikum and Namaste," he called out. He began his speech, which was par .....more
Foodistan, the first Indo-Pak joint cooking contest
By our correspondent
LAHORE: Jang Group's strong resolve of finding common ground to kindle th .....more
India, Pakistan moving together in health
Prominent Indian doctor Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani will be visiting Karachi from March 12-25th, under the banner of .....more
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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