This week, we chat up with James Astill from ‘The Economist’, the recipient of the annual Gerald R. Ford prize for distinguished reporting in National Defence. Jame’s business card a few months ago read, ‘Defence and Terrorism Correspondent’. Meeting terrorists or “fairly rough characters” as he likes to call them is an occupational hazard for someone who bears the tag of a Defence Correspondent. Over the past decade, he’s visited Cuba, Sudan, Congo, Afghanistan and many more places including a 6 year stint with Islamabad….James feels that an average Pakistani citizen is more aware of his Indian counterpart than vice versa. His experience with the two countries tells him that there is a huge amount of misinformed skepticism among the Indians about Pakistan.