Punjab Research Group

Tale of two Pakistans

Posted in Articles by Pippa on November 7, 2009

Pakistan has been described by Newsweek magazine as “the most dangerous place in the world”. However, as intense fighting continues and casualties rise, Mohammed Hanif in Karachi says that for the moment there is still a thriving social life.

Last week I received an e-mail from the foreign editor of a European newspaper who said: “So I wonder if you could write a story for us about living in Pakistan which, looking from here, seems to be the bottom of hell.”

I was tempted to write to him and tell him that we were not at the bottom of hell yet, but we were trying hard to get there.

Or something like, yes, we are at the bottom of the hell but at least the weather is fine.

I also thought of asking whether the bottom of hell is supposed to have hole-in-the-wall cash machines and art galleries.

Read further: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8318121.stm

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