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Beautiful Pakistan

Last night, while waiting for my friend coming to pick me up, I chat with my friend from Pakistan. We talk many things to distract my hunger feeling. We talk about traditional food, our activities and other stuff. I was so excited when we talk about the beautiful places to visit especially the one that rarely been discussed since it really change my perspective on Pakistan.

So far, what I understand about Pakistan is a nuclear weapon country populated heavily by Muslim and experiencing not only international dispute with India but also domestic political chaos especially related to terrorism. Everything we heard about Pakistan in the media is all about terrorism and bombing. So it seems to me that the country is scaring place where we never feel safe to do our activities even for sleep. Even though that’s all true, but I just found Pakistan is not merely about that. It has so many beautiful places that never cross my mind. I even just know that Pakistan has snow!!!

Here some example of those amazing spot in Pakistan:

>> Murree

Murree is known as the Queen of Hill. It can be reached by one hour drive to the northeast from Islamad. It is a recommended spot for your summer holiday especially when you want to get en escape from the city life.

Muree Expressway

>> K2 Mountain

This is a new fact that I just know. Pakistan has K2 Mountain which is the second highest mountain after Everest! Having 6000m high, this mountain is always covered by snow. If you are a climber, this mountain gives you a challenge that would make your adrenalin goes up.

k22

Beside these two examples, there are still many other scenery that deserved to be visited. Kumail mentioned so many that I confused to search in Google. Probably Mr. Google was getting dizzy helping me clicking all those spot. Just find out Hunza, Kagan Naran, Khunjerab, and Skardu. They are all great places.

hunzatimes-shinak-1 green hills kagan

What I regret is that some places should be closed because of military operation. Swat valley was totally awesome but it was closed now. Do hope it would over soon.

Thank you Kumail, you give me the other side of your country. It is a lovely country. We should talk more since I know there are more unique characters that I haven’t known.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Beautiful Pakistan

  1. Thank you for this blog. I did not expect that chat with you would come up in a blog. Due to the negative attitudes, political instability, corruption and terrorism and different internal and external threats and conflict, it is no surprise that Pakistan does not have a positive image in the world. But I personally believe that we should try to improve that image with people of other countries. I am glad that you take interest in my country. I know that Pakistan has the potential to be a great nation and has been blessed with all resources. Hopefully i will be willing to assist you in any information required about Pakistan. Thank you once again for your efforts and i really appreciate it. Best regards.

    Kumail (Friend from Pakistan)

    Posted by Kumail Soomro | October 14, 2009, 12:22 pm
  2. Hi Kumail!
    People are bombarded by news of terorism that they forget there are something more than that in your country. I am one of the victim that I am surprised to know much from you. Its not good to be the victim of media and see something only from one perspective. Surely Im waiting for your story not only about the amazing scene but also the social life around. Thankyou so much for the correction and additional information. Here I quote your comment in facebook that reader could see the correction:

    “Just like to correct some facts about K2 as there was an error on the blog.

    K2 peak elevation of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) and not 6000 as mentioned there making less almost just 200 m shorter than everest.
    It is a very dangerous mountain as well. K2 is… known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the 2nd highest fatality rate among the ‘eight thousanders’ for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. First, of course, is the extreme high altitude and resulting lack of oxygen: there is only one-third as much oxygen available to a climber on the summit of K2 as there is at sea level. Second is the propensity of the mountain to experience extreme storms of several days duration, which have resulted in many of the deaths on the peak. Third is the steep, exposed, and committing nature of all routes on the mountain, which makes retreat more difficult, especially during a storm.

    Kumail”

    Posted by belarusia | October 15, 2009, 2:02 am
  3. only Rakaposhi is more than 7000km then K2 is more high(more than 8000km), so mentioned hight is wrong pleaze correct it friend!K2 is called the “savage” mountain of the world, and nanga parbat is the “killer” mountain
    yes my Pakistan is most beautiful country of the world. only enemies spread bad and negative news about it, people are so loving just like its nature, lovely and beautiful nature,
    ilove,love very very much it
    Godbless Pakistan.
    God bless you

    Posted by saba andleeb | March 2, 2010, 3:02 pm

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