During May I was in Pakistan and India for the launch of Crossed Swords. The first event was a launch on May 15 in Karachi organized by OUP Pakistan, then a talk at the Sindh Club, ogranized by Shafqat Ali Shah Jamote, and a talk with young bloggers and others at The Second Floor bookstore and cafe. The big launch took place on May 19 at the Marriott, Islamabad. The main speakers were Nasim Zehra and former army chief General (retd) Jehangir Karamat. The co-hosts were Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani and Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of OUP Pakistan. I appeared on different Pakistani TV programs, incuding CNBC, Geo TV, and ATV, and gave interviews for local newsmedia.
The launch in India was organzied by OUP India on May 23 at the Indian International Centre in New Delhi. The main speakers were Lt. Gen. (retd) Raghavan, Ambassador Parthasarthy, and journalist Manoj Joshi. Managing Director OUP India Manzar Khan hosted the event.
I was also invited to speak at the United Services Institution, the Centre of Land Warfare Studies at Army headquarters, and the Observer Research Foundation.
Stories about the visit and some of the reviews of the book are given below: