Anjum Rahman

A broadcast journalist, Anjum hosts The Other Line on Express 24/7

Adventures in Oslo: Part 2

My gorgeous red Jafferjees handbag (yes, the one that makes me drool) containing passports, my ID card, tickets, wallet, credit cards and all my money was stolen in Oslo this afternoon and my travel insurance does not cover loss of passport or personal items. Other than that rather unfortunate incident at the Oslo Town Hall, it was a very interesting start to the trip. Angels in Norway Mudassir’s suitcase still hadn’t arrived at breakfast so no mics or tapes. We munched through our salmon and smoked mackerel and heaps of cheese and tried to figure out what to do. Just then Carsten, ...

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Adventures in Oslo: Part 1

I’m in the land of the midnight sun – Oslo. I’m here for 6 days to attend the ‘Pakistani Mela Music Festival’ and explore the depths of Norwegian-Pakistani relations. With me on this reise (Norwegian for journey) is Mudassir, the talented  producer of Epress 24/7 programme’s The Other Line and Platform. The journey to the sun We left Islamabad amidst great excitement. We were to arrive in Oslo at 9pm via Istanbul and Stockholm. The PIA flight was thrilling. The pilot and crew discussed everything from the floods, the ED 202 plane crash (quite unnerving), President Zardari’s visit to the UK to the futility of the war in Afghanistan. For further insight, ...

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Indian Yatra: Meeting the other side

We, eleven journalists from Pakistan, have been brought here not as tourists but as a sounding board for the Indian government and public. Our itinerary on the surface looked balanced. We have been given access to the top diplomats and policy implementers in the Indian government, as well as opinion makers and former members of their military and diplomatic corps. Our 5 hours on the diplomatic treadmill began with their spokesman Vishnu Prakash, External Affairs Secretary Nirupama Rao and Exteral Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. Followed by lunch with media representatives at the Taj Man Singh and a call on Home Minister ...

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Indian Yatra: Day 1

In typical Asian style where a 14 30pm departure to Delhi means sometime that afternoon, a group of 11 Pakistani journalists from print and TV collected in the departure hall of the Allama Iqbal International Airport at 12 30pm discussing … politics ofcourse PAK US/India/Afghanistan and picking a few souvenirs gifts for colleagues in India aka ‘the othe side.’ We the  Group of 11 are: Cyril Almeida of Dawn, Dr. Moeed Pirzada of Duniya, my good friend and colleague Kamran Shahid and Asim Awan of this paper The Express Tribune, ShaukatPiracha of Aaj TV and Saeeda of Business Recorder,  ...

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