I recently returned from a trip to Pakistan, whereby I visited Karachi and Islamabad. I spoke with several students from notable universities, key businesses, prominent business leaders and several religious people from all generations. On the day I returned to the office, I saw some magazine; I read it with interest but was astonished to find that Karachi had been portrayed as the city of doom. For a person who had just returned from Karachi, it felt bizarre to read about all doomsday stories. I often read about the cities and countries that I have visited, but found this article very negative. I say that because I saw a different Pakistan, I will not comment on the political or religious problems, but I will go so far as to say that not everything is as bad as some articles portray.

Sure there are deaths in the cities, please show me a city in the world that is free from political fighting and unrest. There are differences in the political party opinions, please show me a country in the world where the political parties agree? Sure the innocent are suffering, please show me a country in the world where wealth and power is equal and the innocent don’t suffer? Sure corruption is in Pakistan; please show me a country in the world that is corruption free?

I could go on, but my point is that Pakistan does have problems, so do other cities and countries, however, in the case of all other nations, there are often good things to report and the media goes out of its way to promote these good things, whenever possible. The ridiculous amount of shootings in the USA is balanced by the success of Google, Microsoft and Apple. The financial dilemmas of Greece are lost in the marketing of the Greek Islands as a holiday destination. The child slave industry of India is brushed under the carpet in favour of the nation’s growth in the global software boom. What I am trying to say, is that someone needs to look further into Pakistan and see that there are millions of great stories to write about, which would portray the country in a different light, to that what is being portrayed.

I understand that news is news, but it is high time the western world stopped promoting these terrorists and political wars in Pakistan and started to write something that would help the nation. If we really care about global partnerships and economic growth, then I suggest we try and give Pakistan a helping hand. There are 180 million people in Pakistan, 65 percent are under the age of 25. The youth of Pakistan is its strength. If you think that India is a booming nation, I suggest you stop a second and look at Pakistan. Given a little help from the western world, Pakistan can become a dominant economy. She doesn’t want aid and she doesn’t need money, she just wants the chance to be seen in a different light.


via email, February 17.