Is the Media Portrayal of Pakistan Actually True?

by Maure Nava
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Media Potrayal of Pakistan

Quick questions!

Did you know that the Mohenjo-Daro, one of the largest ancient settlements, is located in this country?

Did you know that this is the kindest country in the world?

Did you know that this country has the world’s largest volunteer ambulance service?

Did you know that this country is the homeland of Malala, the activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014?

What does Pakistan remind you of? War or maybe cricket. I’m sure that dry images of deserts and war pop up in your mind. Because the country is always portrayed in such a way. But Pakistan is not always like the news headlines and media show to the world. 

Is it safe to travel to Pakistan?

Indeed, Pakistan sometimes gets in the way of terrorist attacks, but every country seems to be red-flagged. So let’s not be influenced by the media. 

Pakistan’s Hospitality

Did you know that Pakistanis are the most hospitable people in the world?

Hospitality is the essence of Pakistan culture. Every foreign traveller who has visited Pakistan would say that Pakistanis are the most hospitable people. So true! They welcome the guests and tourists with warm smiles and compliments with no discrimination. 

Tea/Chai shop in Pakistan
A Small Chaiwala (Tea Shop) in Pakistan

You may have different opinions about the people in Pakistan. But Pakistanis are extremely generous, and they are very friendly. Especially visiting the country as a tourist is something that Pakistanis appreciate greatly. Even the vendors will refuse to accept payment for what you buy from them. Just walk through the vibrant streets of Pakistan. You’ll understand.

The people value family and traditions before money. From Lahore to the mountain foothills, every person you meet gives a grin and probably invites you home for a meal.

Do Pakistanis speak English?

People use English in business and political dealings. English speakers can be found even in remote places, and schools widely teach it.

But the locals will be impressed if you learn a little bit of Urdu and Pakistani. So, there will be no extra barriers to interacting with the locals. So, there’s no harm in learning a little.

Are you a mountain person?

If you love hiking, trekking or mountain climbing, then the Karakoram highway and the 2nd highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest, K2 mountain, await.

Two Tips

  1. Travelling in Pakistan is pretty cheap except for the accommodation in cities. But it’s effortless to find a Couchsurfing host, so you will get chances to meet and stay with the very local people.
  2. Dear female travellers, go prepared and the country will welcome you with open arms.
Budget Rooms in Pakistan
A Budget Room in Pakistan

Tourism in Pakistan is still rare. Every year, only a small number of adventure backpackers and die-hard climbers travel to Pakistan. However, the bright side is that less tourism led to a scam-free Pakistan.

Kind Reminder on thee question. Safe to travel to Pakistan?

Let’s appreciate the kindness and hospitality that Pakistan offers. And let’s not take them for granted.

Do your research. Dust up your backpack!

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