More terrorists per square mile

More terrorists per square mile

The deeper Pakistan has dug itself into a jihadist dungeon over the past decade and more, the more the US has gotten involved in that country, including in propping up its tottering economy through generous aid, macro-managing Pakistani politics and mollycoddling the powerful military. This political approach contrasts starkly with the current stepped-up US military approach in Afghanistan, exemplified by a troop “surge”.

Footprints of faith

Footprints of faith

Somewhere mid-point in this memoir and travelogue, the author, as a 17-year-old at a boarding school in south India, feels impelled to make an important telephone call. For anyone in his place the call would be routine, even customary. It is a call to his father. But Aatish Taseer doesn’t know where, or how, to find him.