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No politics over aid, please!

Beena Sarwar

A post on Reuters blog, August 22, titled 'India, Pakistan can't break the ice, even in hour of tragedy', said: "An Indian aid offer of $5 million, which itself came af¬ter some hesitation and

A flood of despair, a trickle of hope

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.

Shonar Bangla

Beena Sarwar

"Achcha, yahan bhi constitutional amendments chal rahe hain," observed a friend, scanning headlines in The Daily Star as we waited at Dhaka International Airport for a much-delayed flight

Checkpoint Charlie Once Again

Beena Sarwar

India-Pakistan relations have Nazo Reshi vacillating between hope and despair. Hailing from Srinagar, she is married to a Pakistani and lives in Islamabad.

Smarter than a seventh grader?

Beena Sarwar

"What would you do if they banned facebook here?" I asked Zainab, 13, whose parents, old friends from Pakistan, are posted in Delhi.

What a blast!

Beena Sarwar

On April 19, there were two bomb blasts in the heart of Peshawar - a low-intensity one outside a police-run school, as parents were picking up children, that killed a small boy, followed hours late

Welcome home Mr Ghanshyam

Beena Sarwar

One thing is for sure. Life is never dull in Pakistan.

Plays and books, not bombs

Beena Sarwar

“Jihad,” said Adnan Sabzwari, the young scientist, “is not strapping yourself with a suicide vest and blowing up people, but making life better for the hungry and the poor”

No IPL angst for this dolphin

Beena Sarwar

Out on a fishing boat under a clear blue early morning sky to go dolphin watching, the violence, squabbles and tensions that mark daily life fade into irrelevance - including the recent tensions ar

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