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Travels with the mango king

Salmaan Taseer, the influential governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, died tragically earlier this month. Here, his son Aatish Taseer tells of a journey he went on in search of his father, and his Pakistani roots

By Aatish Taseer   April 2009

My parents met in Delhi in March 1980. My Pakistani father was in India promoting a book he had written on his political mentor, the Pakistani leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. My mother, a young Indian journalist, was sent to interview him.

Their affair began that evening. My father took my mother’s number, they had dinner at a Chinese restaurant and for a little over a week they disappeared together.

My parents met at a time when they had both become politically involved in their respective countries. The state of emergency that Mrs Gandhi declared in 1975 had come and gone—she…

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