I was in Pakistan within days of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising the specter of another major terrorist strike in India from the Pakistani soil. I found some of my friends among Pakistani journalists who preach peace with India moving around with armed guards, barricaded government buildings and crowded bazaars sanitized hours before VIP movements. Read more

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I’ve been travelling in Pakistan for almost a week; having arrived here on the day Jaswant Singh was expelled from the BJP for what the Sangh Parivar considered an act of political blasphemy! His prognosis of Muhammad Ali Jinnah might have caused a stir in India. Read more

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After Lal Krishna Advani, we now have Jaswant Singh eulogizing Jinnah. I had agreed with Advani that the man who founded Pakistan was by choice a secularist whose politics turned communal. But I have problems coming to terms with Jaswant’s perspective released in the form of a full-fledged book. I wonder whether his project is aimed at denigrating Pandit Nehru or giving Jinnah his rightful place as a secularist who (for whatever reasons) went haywire to recognize — after the Partition — the limitations of the divisive philosophy that created Pakistan. Read more

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Is  Baitullah Mehsud’s a case of a dead man telling no tales? Could well be if  he’s  really  no more. The haze around what happened at Zangarha, where the  Tehrik-e-Taliban  Pakistan chief was reportedly blown up in a US drone attack,  only  shows that getting at the truth is always a big challenge in Pakistan where intelligence organizations are a law unto themselves. Read more

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I like debating difficult propositions. But running this blog that advocates peace between India and Pakistan has been a trifle exhausting— both  emotionally and intellectually. On accounting for exceptions when I touched a chord with some of my readers, the majority view that come out is that  I’m  being  naïve, unrealistic, even outright foolish in showing the flip side of the widely held Indian perceptions of Pakistan. Read more

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