Pakistan

Why Pakistan needs Imran Khan

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The former cricketer could well be Pakistan’s next leader

Isambard Wilkinson’s intimate memoirs: Travels in a Dervish Cloak, reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

By his own admission, Isambard Wilkinson’s memoir of his experiences in Pakistan a decade ago as a foreign correspondent has…

Bring on the dancing-girls: Follies at the Oliver

It’s hard to care about these geriatric bed-hoppers: Follies at the Olivier reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies takes a huge leap into the past. It’s 1971 and we meet two middle-aged couples who knew…

Radio 4’s adaptation of Midnight’s Children would have been unthinkable a few years ago

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Bold programming by the powers-that-be at Radio 4 meant it was possible to listen to all seven episodes of Ayeesha…

The real bloody legacy of Partition

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

Pakistan’s cricket team and the power of redemption

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The Pakistan supporter was festooned in cream and green, and carried a chalkboard round his neck with the legend: ‘My…

All the Raj: Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

A perfectly decent primer on the Partition of India: Viceroy’s House reviewed

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Gurinder Chadha’s modern comedies have fun with cultural divides. Girls kick footballs in Bend It Like Beckham. A gaggle of…

Fear and loathing in Lahore

28 January 2017 9:00 am

In a Kashmiri apple orchard, a young fugitive from the Indian army’s cruel oppressions spots a snake that has ‘mistaken…

Pakistan is winning its war on terror

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Over the past three years, Pakistan has seen an extraordinary reduction in violence

Why Misbah ul-Haq is Pakistan’s greatest Test captain

2 July 2016 9:00 am

There have been three great captains of Pakistan. The first was A.H. Kardar, the country’s first Test captain. Born in…

Why Pakistan’s most successful businesswoman should be celebrated

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The entrepreneur Seema Aziz has founded 256 schools and transformed the lives of many thousands of people. So why does the West ignore her remarkable story?

A Sikh member of the Indian Army Services Corps at Dunkirk, 1940

Britain didn’t fight the second world war — the British empire did

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Had it not been for the empire, Britain might have lost the second world war, says William Dalrymple. The war certainly lost Britain the empire

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Owen Sheers disregards the first commandment of novel-writing: to show, not tell

6 June 2015 9:00 am

This is a thriller, a novel of betrayal and separation, and a reverie on death and grieving. The only key…

International cricket must return to Pakistan (and my team went first)

15 November 2014 9:00 am

In a tiny courtyard just off the teeming alleys of Lahore’s old town, a young Pakistani boy in a gleaming…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell’s stance on negotiating with violent extremists is consistently inconsistent and slippery

Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain's export jihad

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Why we lead the West in exporting jihad

Nation-builders on a sticky wicket: the farce and heroism of Pakistani cricket

16 August 2014 9:00 am

There is farce in Peter Oborne’s history of cricket in Pakistan. An impossible umpire is abducted by drunken English tourists…

Witness to a stoning

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Islam knows it is under siege – and the fear makes it more brutal

Hope for one of the most turbulent, traumatised regions in the world

25 January 2014 9:00 am

John Keay’s excellent new book on the modern history of South Asia plunges the reader head first into some wildly…

Malala for free schools

9 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s not state education but private education she’s fighting for – so why doesn’t the media admit that?

Malala's voice is defiant — but how much can she change Pakistan? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…

‘I was detained as a potential suicide bomber’

23 March 2013 9:00 am

To the Lahore Literary Festival. As I cross the border from India, Pakistan is experiencing an unprecedented wave of sectarian…

Dangerous territory

14 April 2012 11:00 am

Fifteen years ago Ahmed Rashid wrote an original, groundbreaking and wonderful book about the Taleban, a subject about which few…