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Opinion: India and Pakistan talk about talks

NEW YORK — The Feb. 25 meeting of the top diplomats from India and Pakistan will be closely watched even though little is expected from the meeting itself.

The goddess of Taliban country

Can Bollywood heal the India-Pakistan relationship?

NEW DELHI, India — Make peace, not war. This is the message that two of the largest publications in India and Pakistan are sending their countries in recent weeks. Since the start of the new year, the two have engaged in a veritable orgy of peace, using their publications and their television channels to inspire Indo-Pak friendship.

How an accused secret agent has tied up India-Pakistan-US relations

NEW DELHI, India — The story is straight out of a Hollywood thriller.

Opinion: Not enough troops for counterinsurgency

BOSTON — Standing before cadets at West Point but speaking to a wide and skeptical audience in America, Afghanistan and around the world, President Barack Obama sought to deliver two contradictory messages last night: firm resolve and a clear exit strategy. No one can pull that off. Not even Obama. The math just doesn’t work on that equation, even if it is presented with the eloquence and force of oratory that Obama does better than any American president since John F. Kennedy.

Opinion: It's really about Pakistan

BOSTON — The war that President Barack Obama addressed at West Point Tuesday evening is a war for Pakistan just as much, or more, as it is for Afghanistan. Just as the World War II battles in North Africa were ultimately not about Africa, but about defeating Nazi Germany, saving Pakistan is now our most important goal in the new Great Game against Islamic extremism. Compared to that, Afghanistan is a sideshow.

Opinion: Obama has a hard sell on Afghanistan troop increase

Will Obama's vow to "finish the job" ring as hollow as "mission accomplished" did in Iraq? C.M. Sennott explores the perilous terrain of counterinsurgency based on his reporting in Afghanistan for the Special Report "Life, Death and the Taliban."

Karachi: A place for all souls

KARACHI, Pakistan — In a country not associated with plurality, the statics are surprising: 3 million Hindus and about 3 million Christians live in Pakistan. That's about the population of Israel or Denmark. And while the Muslim majority periodically grates with each community — in the early 1990s, the razing of the Ayohdya mosque in India led to a series of reprisal attacks on Hindu temples in Pakistan — both celebrated annual festivals in the last 10 days without incident, and with all the “traditional fervor” they could muster.

How can they resist it?

Bombs, fear and "Mamma Mia!"

KARACHI, Pakistan — On large billboards across Karachi, three smiling faces that would seem more at home on Broadway stare out at passers-by. The trio is better known to theater-goers half a world away as Donna and the Dynamos, from the musical, "Mamma Mia!"  Now, a small but savvy Pakistani audience is itself swinging to a "best of" selection of Abba songs and local performers are bowing to standing ovations.
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