Unsettling news reaches me from Islamabad – news of the I’d-not-want-to-join-any-club-that-would-have-me nature.
It has emerged that a member of the British media has been told he is not allowed to attend events at the British social club, attached to the British High Commission and located inside the diplomatic compound, simply because he is a journalist.
Rob Crilly, [...]
The bus had barely reached the outskirts of the city when it pulled to the side of the road and a man clambered aboard. In an instant he had pulled a gold chain from his pocket and looped it around the hand-rail attached to the roof and he was pulling on it hard, as if to show off its strength.
The celebrated food writer Naomi Duguid rarely travels with either a translator or a fixed itinerary. Rather, she’d prefer to go where her eyes and taste-buds lead her and plunge into situations, hoping that with a little persistence and patience she will make herself understood and understand what people are saying to her.
A year has somehow charged past since the abduction and murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, a full 12 months in which no suspect has been identified, no-one charged with his killing and nobody brought to justice.
The 40-year-old correspondent of Asia Times Online, disappeared on the evening of May 29, a Sunday, as he [...]
At Mehrauli’s crumbling Summer Palace, a once opulent building established by India’s Moghul rulers on the southern edge of Delhi, lie four grave plots.
Three of the plots are occupied by the tombs of Mughul emperors – Akbar Shah II, Bahadur Shah I and Shah Alam II. But the fourth remains empty. On a recent walk around [...]
Khalil ‘Ken’ Dale was a British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this year and then subsequently killed by his captors. They attached a note to his body, discovered by police in Quetta on Sunday, saying he had been killed because no ransom had been paid.
Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was forced out in what he says was a coup earlier this year, is trying to drum up support from the international community to pressure the new regime to hold early elections.
Currently in Delhi with a small delegation of MPs from his party, he said he [...]
It was hot and dusty and the motorcycle journey back from Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign rally in the town of Kawmhu had already taken more than an hour. Would you like something to drink, asked my Burmese journalist colleague. Before I knew what was in store, I’d agreed.
Why do Pakistani lawyers want to ban the country’s favourite soft drink? (A clue: it’s made by minorities)
Generations of Pakistanis have grown up reaching out for the sweet and easy pleasures of Shezan soft drinks. Over five decades the company has cemented its reputation as a supplier not just to high street shops, but to hotels, airlines and the country’s armed forces.
In India, there is a jolly and very entertaining newspaper war going on between two of the country’s most established titles. Between them, they enjoy a circulation of more than 5m readers.
The Times of India (TOI) has always thought itself more lively than its rivals, and its usually breathless mix of showbusiness “news”, cricket gossip [...]
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