Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
32Trip End Jan 30, 2007
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Pakistan is a very colorful country. If you don't believe me take a look at their trucks
Pakistanis are very friendly - and very forward when it comes to discussing politics. Nearly every person I met has no problem asking question, giving opinions, or pointing fingers. I have fielded questions and concerns to the best of my ability. The biggest misconception over here is that all Americans agree with the U.S. foreign policy. I will not even begin to discuss all the misconceptions us Americans have of Pakistan - which are for the most part COMPLETLY FALSE. I.E. - women are not repressed. They still have a struggle ahead of them (so do we) but they go to college, hold jobs, and their rights are generally protected by law. Yes, this differs from family to family - but it is not a closed society by any means.
I spent most of my time here visiting some of the schools. I visited two private schools in Rawalipindi, Roots and Eaglets. in both institutions I got a chance to chat with the teachers and the children. They asked amazing questions about NYC, the U.S., and YES politics. I had questions from one class like, "Is it true that in the U.S. you believe that Muslims crashed the planes into the WTC?", "We have learned that in your country you do not treat African Americans equally, why?" And many more, WHEW! I was a true diplomat.
More to come ... Pakistan is great ...