Dateline Islamabad by Amit Baruah

By Amit Baruah

It used to be an task that used to be instantly tough and intimidating. i used to be going to be atmosphere foot on --enemy'' territory.' Amit Baruah was once one in all merely Indian newshounds allowed to be dependent in Islamabad in the course of 3 tumultuous years of Pakistan's background. the writer recounts with a few leisure his family's event of existence in Islamabad society among April 1997 and June 2000"all of it performed lower than the suspicious gaze of Pakistani intelligence brokers who shadow Baruah, his spouse and daughters in every single place, together with into pals' residing rooms. He documents his frustration at being disallowed from reporting freely at the flooring many occasions that outlined Indo-Pak kinfolk, at the same time dying or kidnapping ceaselessly stalks him. 3 incidents hang-out Baruah the main: now not being cleared to wait the funeral, in 1998, of John Joseph, the bishop of Faisalabad who devoted suicide in protest opposed to Pakistan's -blasphemy' legislation; being forbidden to view the wreckage of an Indian Air strength aircraft shot down through the Kargil clash of 1999; and being avoided from getting into Afghanistan from Pakistan to file at the Kandahar hijacking later that yr. And but, says Baruah, regardless of all of the own problems he confronted in Pakistan, his stint in Islamabad"and his exchanges with such a lot of buddies he can't name"proved to be the main fascinating and enriching in his occupation. whereas admitting the tricky nature of his activity as a international correspondent in a adversarial country, Baruah recollects the thrill of assembly beneficiant, like-minded humans in a rustic whose regimented stance on India"and its press"is under friendly.

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