Beena Sarwar

Post date: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 13:29

Secularism and Pakistan.  Two words you'd hardly expect to see together.

Post date: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 14:46

"There is nothing in Pakistan," said the Indian playback singer with finality. "They have no auditoriums, no facilities, there is nothing there. Everything is here (in India)."

Post date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 12:58

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

Post date: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 17:32

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.

Post date: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 17:38

"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

Post date: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 13:52

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

Post date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 13:35

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

Post date: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 14:48

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

Post date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 15:59

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.

Post date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 13:53

“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”

Post date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 15:48

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

Post date: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 18:48

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).