Early on we planned to see this nightmare aslant - less with oft-quoted strategists, more with the imaginative class, so to speak: with the typically grim but mettlesome singers, story-tellers and artists of Sind and the Punjab. They are wonderfully available, individual, candid women and men who have their own dark, truth-telling traditions. They each tell different stories, of course - and almost all of them different from the standard line of an "Af-Pak" crucible of global terrorism. Many of them point rather to "Indo-Pak" roots of the modern turmoil, in the Partition that carved two wounded and unequal sibling rivals out of the British Raj in 1947.
I am deeply interested in the anxiety that has escalated in 2011, in the assassination of Salman Taseer and the official murder of the Sy Hersh of Pakistan, Saleem Shahzad, which has rattled our best friends in journalism. In general, though, I'm drawn to Pakistanis who can think about the long story, as far back as birth by partition, and who can think of Pakistan's trajectory ahead for a generation. It's part of the lure for me that Pakistan has a booming literary culture that is more and more linked and noticed in the West; also that it has a talented modern pop music culture that is heard all over the Indian airwaves, and all over Asia.
"Another Pakistan" is a co-production of the Watson Institute and the Asia Society; Zarminae Ansari helped produce the series in Pakistan. Beena Sarwar and Aman ki Asha provided essential insight and support.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The students of India and Pakistan were unanimous that bringing the youth from the two countries together must be a precursor to more such meetings
Extract from the interviews series "Another Pakistan" conducted by the prominent radio journalist Christopher Lydon of Radio OpenSource.org in conjunction with Ama .....more
The spirit of Aman: Here's to the success of a unique initiative that saves children's lives and holds promise of a day when neighbours reach out and help one anot .....more
Books for peace
Two books launched on Jan 27, 2012 aim to create greater understanding and bridge the divide between India and Pakistan
It is time for India and Pakistan to demilitarise the Line of Control and make a trans-border peace park to save the Snow Leopard from extinction, writes Javed Naq .....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