Touring Pakistan – A Collaboration

The name of my country Pakistan sure rings a bell in many minds. Shrouded in darkness of terrorism, radicalization, conservatives, Pakistan is not just about all this. The world see Pakistan as a land where extremism flourishes and liberal thinking is bounded at every possible corner.

Map of pakistan

To be honest with you, this is not the complete picture. Sure, as I admit, some of this is true on certain levels but still not the complete picture. Then what is the complete picture of Pakistan, you may ask?I see a land which is full of wonder and amazement. A land where past meets the present and where richness of arts and cultures diversify. A land which is full of nature’s creativity and astonishing beauty.

Last year, I published 2 posts about such places in Pakistan:

Guest Post: The Other Picture of Pakistan

Tweeting Pakistan

This is what I see in my Pakistan and I’m not alone.

In Nov 2015, I met a fellow blogger Camille de Fleurville (you can check out her blog by clicking here). She liked my posts and even commented on them, as shared her views about my posts. Thus, we became blogging friends. When she found out where I’m from, she told me a personal story about her childhood and how, my country Pakistan, became a memory of a lifetime to her.

I felt so amazingly proud of Pakistan when I read her story and it made me realized that despite what Western media say about Pakistan, there are people out there who thinks completely different about my country and that is so amazing. Camille de Fleurville and I stayed in touch with other via blogging and upon finding out that I have a collection of my Uncle’s recent trip to Northern areas of Pakistan, she encouraged me up to share them up with the world.

And so, this is what Touring Pakistan series is. I have shared 3 posts in past few days about my one of my friend’s trip to Lahore and Islamabad. Camille de Fleurville will share them up also on her blogs and we will contribute on this together. I’m really excited about this and hope this will change the current picture of Pakistan in the mind of Western world.

You can check out the introductory episode of this series by clicking below where Camille de Fleurville shares that special childhood memory of hers with us.

Touring Pakistan

3 thoughts on “Touring Pakistan – A Collaboration

  1. camilledefleurville January 12, 2016 / 11:08 PM

    There is never ONE picture of anything: there are facets to all. The West (and not all the West) has been playing around with the world, thinking that its own values were the only ones to be followed. I was told that before you pass judgement, you have to study. Does the West know anything about the East or the Middle-East? What do we know about geography, history, culture, population, religion, way of life, opinions of these countrues and their peoples? And peoples are made of individuas who are unique: this has to be considered as well. I share nothing with the extremists of whatever side in my country: I am myself. You are yourself. And I don’t see why we should not be learning from you. It is so much more interesting annd of more value when cultures and people meet and try to understand each others. There would be less conflicts with this simple respect of the other. (My two cents of opinion, of course!) 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais January 12, 2016 / 11:29 PM

      These two cents are heavier than anything else. You have said it right, passing judgement without any study is harmful and creates more conflicts than solutions. Understanding each other’s cultures and respecting them accordingly sure makes a hug difference in lives of everyone

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    • camilledefleurville January 12, 2016 / 11:32 PM

      This is why I am glad of this collaboration: it is a drop of water into the sea but were there other drops… Who knows?

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