Category Archives: Pakistan

Muharram in Rawalpindi Pakistan, 2013

It’s just over a year since I left Pakistan and things seem to have gone from bad to worse there in the intervening year. With the arrival of the new government of the Muslim League with Nawaz Sharif in control, … Continue reading

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Pakistan: after the May 2013 Election

  Although I left Pakistan almost a year ago now, I am still in contact with people there. I followed the run-up to the recent election (May 2013) with interest and noticed that many people had placed their hopes in … Continue reading

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Monsoon Season

  When I first arrived in Pakistan at the end of August 2008, I had missed the monsoon season. I was curious about monsoon season as I had never before experienced one. It did rain heavily some days, but I … Continue reading

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Shops in Pakistan

There are shops like the Body Shop and so on in Pakistan and Metro supermarkets and so on. Subway is there in some parts, but there are also the ‘shops’ which are little more than a hole in the wall … Continue reading

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Living in Pakistan

I arrived in Pakistan just before President Zardari became leader of that country, his party, the People’s Party, swept to power by the popular vote after the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto. He promised to stop “load-shedding” as power … Continue reading

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How the Other Half Live

I have briefly mentioned the differences between the haves and have-nots in Pakistan in a previous post, but here are some photographs of what is called “The Afghani Colony.” As you can see, this is not how most people in … Continue reading

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Living in Pakistan, Rawalpindi

One of the things that really hits you when you are in Pakistan is the awful contrast between the have and the have-nots. While the middle class live in large houses, and often these are full of extended family members, … Continue reading

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