A bit of geopolitics.

THIS refers to the report 'Debates heat up, arguments settle as creativity wins hands down' (Feb 20). The coverage of the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) was generally good. However, no sufficient coverage was given to the sessions related to Pakistan's involvement in geopolitics, and evolving foreign policy trends. This was despite the fact that panellists, such as Prof Tariq Rahman, Ahmed Rashid, Zahid Hussain, Ikram Sehgal and American scholar Michael Kugelman, expressed their views on crucial international affairs.

After their presentations, interesting questions were raised by the audience which led to a sort of debate on a variety of issues related to the country's foreign policy, which is a vital part of national existence as a whole.

In the past, some Indian scholars, such as Prof Rajmohan, the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, Bengali intellectual Dr Ashish Nande, Lahore-born diplomat Mani Shaker Aiyar, Gutam Noulakha of the Economic and Political Weekly of India, Sindhi historian Saaz Aggarwall and many other luminaries had featured in such sessions. This time their absence was conspicuous.

The organisers might have invited some of the Indian scholars and media persons, but seemingly the...

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