I sold an old refrigerator earlier this month. And with that ended two decades of an emotional companionship. I had bought the machine for US $ 200 from a bonded warehouse in Islamabad in 1991. That was the time I was posted to Pakistan as a correspondent of Hindustan Times. Read more

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Pakistanis spare none when it comes to making fun of their leaders. Their irreverence  for authority manifests itself in public discourse spiked with humor, parody and Urdu poetry lampooning the political class and military rulers. Read more

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Many Indians, like many Pakistanis, do not trust Asif Ali Zardari. I do and for good reasons. After a long, long time somebody of consequence is willing to state upfront the unpalatable truth of Islamabad consciously waging a proxy war against India and in Afghanistan – the former for avenging Bangladesh in Kashmir and the latter for making up for the loss of strategic depth caused by Pakistan’s dismemberment in the 1971 war. Read more

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Myopia. That’s what afflicts right-wing Pakistani opinion makers while reading Budgets presented in Indian Parliament. They   ignore other elements in the gigantic exercise— entailing expenditure of lakhs of crore of rupees— to focus on our Defence allocations. Read more

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