10 Things not to say to someone from Pakistan

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11. “So, you guys get around on camels or what?”

Omaira Gill

Assalamolaikum ji

I grew up in Pakistan. In my travels across the world, I have encountered many a misconception about my home-country. We’re everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood failed state if Fox News is to believed, and I was amazed at how shocked people were that an actual living, breathing product of the dark side of the moon was stood there talking to them.

Here are some of the weirdest things people have said when they learn where I come from.

1)   Wow! Your English is really good?

This is the commonest comment anyone from Pakistan will hear the first time they have a conversation with someone. People are astonished that anyone from Pakistan, let alone a woman, can speak, read and write completely fluent English. The world expects us to either be the frothy-mouthed zealots or mini mart owners they see on TV.

English schooling systems are the main setup…

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4 thoughts on “10 Things not to say to someone from Pakistan

  1. Wsalam Imran,
    I am glad that you followed my blog and given me this opportunity to discover yours. This is your first post I read and enjoyed, I was smiling through out reading. well done and keep up the good writing.
    May Allah bless you and your loved ones, ameen
    May Allah bless Pakistan ameen

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