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Pakistan : Perception & reality.

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1. Posted by selani (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

Hi Guys.
Here is a small brain-stormer for everyone. Question is in two parts.

1. What is your perception about Pakistan. meaning what are your impressions/opinions about it, based on media, word of mouth, past expeience. Those who have travelled there should recount their opinions before going there.

2. What was the reality.This is for those who had visited Pak. Tell us about your impressions after the tour.

Be candid and spontanious in your opinions. Write whatever comes to your mind; comment, suggestion, criticism, something interesting or not-so-interesting.

just pitch in.

Zia
:)

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

1. the media in Europe is not nice about Pakistan. That means that Pakistan is actually always negative in the news. Terrorists in Karachi, earthquake in Northen Pakistan, bandits in Baluchistan and problems at border area's with Afghanistan. Besides that it seems that many terrorists linked with Al-qaida are from Pakistan. Also the problems with India keeps going on and then in particular about Kashmir. I can't remember any positive news about Pakistan. It seems a county of Islamic hard-liners.

Based on the media you should say the Pakistan is quite an unsafe country. But in reality that wouldn't bother me to not visit the country. Iran has a same reputation in the European media but I never saw such a friendly nation.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Selani

I have not been to Pakistan, but have read and heard some things about it.
People who go there generally have a good time. However, many foreign women experience harassment, from men there. This is the main reason, I have not yet visited Pakistan. I have heard, that the men there behave particularly aggressively. I would like to go there, with my boyfriend, to prevent the harassment, but he is not interested in going there. It is a pity. Maybe I will soon get brave enough, to go by myself. I will consider it, next year.
It is an Islamic dictatorship.
The state of human rights is bad.
It is in Asia.
A number of terrorists have been in the media, from Pakistan.
President Bush visited, but I dont think the people of Pakistan were generally pleased, about this.
Pakistan is in conflict with India, about where the border between their countries should be.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2007, at 7:40 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I read on wikipedia. The word "Pakistan" is actually an abbreviation: P=Punjab, A=Afghanistan (north-western part), K=Kashmir, I=added by the Britisch for smooth pronouncation, S=Sindh, TAN=Baluchistan.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

I read on wikipedia. The word "Pakistan" is actually an abbreviation: P=Punjab, A=Afghanistan (north-western part), K=Kashmir, I=added by the Britisch for smooth pronouncation, S=Sindh, TAN=Baluchistan.

I guess PakStan would be a strange name in Dutch as well....

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I am just reading on Wikipedia too, to find out more.
With all that prejudice, against Christians, would Westerners be safe in Pakistan. Apparently, it has got really bad, since the US have declared their war against terrorism. Would all Westerners in Pakistan be presumed, to be Christians?
The prejudice involves, murders, church burnings, reports of blasphamy to the police which cause the person to be in danger of receiving the death penalty.

And the state of womens rights are as many of us here in the West would guess they are, before reading.

And this is not the media picking on Pakistan. These are reports, from human rights organisations.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yes, I know it would be a beautiful and fascinating country. But safety issues....

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