India-Pakistan relations have Nazo Reshi vacillating between hope and despair. Hailing from Srinagar, she is married to a Pakistani and lives in Islamabad.
"What would you do if they banned facebook here?" I asked Zainab, 13, whose parents, old friends from Pakistan, are posted in Delhi.
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
One thing is for sure. Life is never dull in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at the last minute backtracked from his support to the proposed 18th amendment to the Constitution. Talk about bursting a bubble.
“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”
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
Karachi, December 25, 2009: Writing this on Christmas day, two words come to mind: 'morality' and 'terrorism'.
Flashback to the first Al Qaeda arrest, February, 1995: Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) picks up Ramzi Yousaf, the Kuwaiti-Pakistani accused of being behind the 1993 World Trade Centre car bomb that killed six people (the target was thousands). His arrest is credited among others to then FIA additional director Rehman Malik (currently, minister for the interior in the Pakistani government).
Visiting newspaper offices in Sweden some years ago, I was struck by the relative ease and routine manner in which journalists obtained information.
My 13-year-old daughter and her friends were thrilled when the government announced a nationwide closure of schools for the rest of the week.
"Let them stew in their own mess, we are better off without them." Sounds familiar?