Let’s be honest, we all do it. In Nairobi, every expat I knew adopted an odd, cod African way of speaking with a frankly bizarre syntax. Pakistan is a little different in that most English-speaking Pakistanis have posher Brit accents than I do. But I find myself pre-editing everything that comes out of my mouth … More

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The man in the mirrored ceiling

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in town for the D8 Summit. He’s a regular visitor to Islamabad and it’s always interesting to see him up close – and see how the Pakistani press deals with him. He kept the assembled press pack waiting for three hours (a new record for me in Islamabad – although at least … More Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The man in the mirrored ceiling

Motorbikes are apparently banned from midnight. And Thursday has been a public holiday. It can mean only one thing, a gathering of presidents in Pakistan. The leaders of the D8 are assembling tonight as part of a summit designed to promote trade between Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey – eight mainly … More