Five Rivers Run Through It

Five Rivers Run Through It

Pakistan is experiencing an economic renaissance, largely obscured by a steady flow of darker news about al Qaeda fugitives, terrorist plots and rogue nuclear proliferators. Driven by fiscal reforms and a big dose of Western aid, the Pakistani economy grew 6.4% during...
A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Karachi is the saddest of cities. It is a South Asian Beirut: a city on the sea, rich and almost glamorous in parts; but also a monument to hatred among different sectarian and ethnic groups, and to the failure of a civic society. It is a city at war as much with...
Spoilt Beauty

Spoilt Beauty

– DeleteWas it simple luck or God’s will that the terrorists struck the picturesque school in the foothills of the Himalayas just after the morning tea break? Ten minutes earlier and the three masked men who burst through the gates of the Murree Christian School...

Gone with the Mullahs

Yesterday 27 broken bodies crammed the crevices of the Kabul Gorge. Today the bodies were gone. A detachment of Afghan soldiers stood by with guns at the ready. If I squinted and focused on a rock outcrop one thousand feet below, I could faintly see the burnt-out...

Wagah: Enough History for One Lifetime

“That’s Wagah?” my wife Christine asked incredulously when I showed her the front page photograph of turban-clad soldiers in ceremonial dress goose-stepping on a broad esplanade with arches and fluted columns in the background. Could this be the...