Beena Sarwar

Post date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 07:33

On July 1, the Peshawar High Court directed Pakistan’s defence and interior ministries to provide full information about an Indian national, Hamid Ansari, who disappeared from the mountainous Kohat



Post date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 09:46

On May 27, a young woman was killed in Lahore, outside the High Court.



Post date: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 08:56

The Pakistani media has seen bad times in the past, and been punished heavily for its stand for democracy. Military dictator  Zia-ul-Haq censored newspapers and had journalists imprisoned and flogged. The next military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, took all the private television channels off air for weeks, causing losses of millions of rupees. The largest and most influential, Geo TV, was kept off-air for months after the others were restored.



Post date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 07:22

I was curious when my old friend, the Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, proposed the topic “To be Desi or Southasian” for a talk that another journalist friend, AseemChhabra from India, was setting up for him in New York.

Chhabra roped in a Pakistani, me, to moderate the session. Held at Columbia University under the aegis of the South Asian Journalists Association, the discussion was attended by an eclectic group of students and retired professors.



Post date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 09:51

How does a math student turned tech entrepreneur get involved in putting out a history book for children in India and Pakistan – a book that juxtaposes and highlights two conflicting narratives with a view to creating greater understanding?



Post date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 08:43

Former pakistan army chief Pervez Musharraf ousted an elected civilian government from power and ruled illegally for over ten years, yet there are those in India and in Pakistan wh



Post date: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 09:31

I am fuming about the moral vigilantism of television shows in Pakistan. One in particular recently got my hackles up.



Post date: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 10:27


Post date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 08:20

On Friday, October 11, a fisherman died out in the Arabian Sea, killed by bullets fired by maritime security personnel.



Post date: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 08:04

Pakistan recently arrested some Indian fisherfolk for violating the maritime boundary.



Post date: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 08:47

As tensions escalated over the Line of Control (LoC) in August, I landed in Delhi on the eve of the independence days of Pakistan and India, invited for the launch of two books, ‘



Post date: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 08:08

Five years ago, Dr Mehdi Kazmi left his successful neuro-psych practice in New York to return to his native Karachi and set up a health insurance company for low-income bread-earners. He wants Asia Care to become a successful, sustainable economic model, not a charity organization.