Pakistan

History will soon judge this fraught time

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Good stories have a dénouement. The Act III moment when all is revealed and the narrative comes in to land…

From Hong Kong to Kashmir, a new authoritarianism is on the rise

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Frank Johnson, editor of The Spectator until cruelly sacked to make way for Boris Johnson, never wasted ideas. He liked…

It’s not just cricket: India vs Pakistan is the greatest rivalry in world sport

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There are plenty of much-anticipated contests in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But nothing to compare with this Sunday’s match…

Delhi notebook: Nuclear war is not around the corner

9 March 2019 9:00 am

India is not preparing for war, but picking up the newspapers in Delhi you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.…

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

Mourners at the funeral of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard, one of 27 to be killed in a suicide bombing near the Pakistani border last week. (Hamidreza Nikoomaram/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Who’s really to blame for Pakistan’s terror attacks?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

 Islamabad Six months into Imran Khan’s premiership and the new Pakistan prime minister has been plunged into his first major…

Asia Bibi’s daughters with a picture of their mother

‘Theresa May has failed Pakistan’s Christians’: An interview with Asia Bibi’s lawyer

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Saif ul-Malook greets me in the hallway of his daughter’s home. Pakistani hospitality dictates that a guest should not go…

Shashi Tharoor’s book is a polemic, says Kapil Komireddi – beware of Hindu nationalism

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Most religions bind their adherents into a community of believers. Hinduism segregates them into castes. And people excluded from the…

My trip to Pakistan’s ‘Jihadi Disneyland’

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan ‘the most dangerous place in the world’. It was the losing front…

Death in the streets as anti-government unrest sweeps Iran

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Home In a message for the New Year, as though it were an immemorial custom, Theresa May, the Prime Minister,…

Imran’s biggest test

7 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been a long journey for Imran Khan. He founded his political party, PTI (Pakistan Movement for Justice), in 1996,…

Portraits of Pakistan

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

Age concern

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…

India in a day

17 August 2017 1:00 pm

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

Separation anxiety

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…

Why Pakistan’s most successful businesswoman should be celebrated

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Pakistan society intended Seema Aziz to be a wife and mother. Her father arranged for her to get married at…

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

In 1929, when Edwin Lutyens handed over the newly completed building site of New Delhi to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin,…

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

I think I’ve finally worked out the time-honoured Jonathan Powell formula for promoting a new book: take which-ever group constitutes…

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

23 August 2014 9:00 am

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The…

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

Attending public executions, whether beheadings or stonings, is not my predilection, yet one does come across them in the course…