Manmohan Singh and his new Pakistani counterpart Raja Parvez Ashraf have something more than their office in common. Both hail from the Potohar region of Pakistan that has always been the centre of power of this country by virtue of being home to the federal capital and, more importantly, the Army Headquarters.
A plateau area of north Punjab that borders ‘Azad Jammu & Kashmir’ and houses the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the region can lay claim to being the real font of power. The Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI Director-General Zaheer ul Islam are all from Potohar.
And, Potohar can claim to have produced not one but two Premiers as Dr. Singh hails from Gah in Chakwal district which was part of Rawalpindi.