How are Pakistani people viewed by Japanese people?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 18, 2020 05:35 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 18, 2020 05:35 AM

I have met a lot of Indians – both immigrants and tourists in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri-Lanka and the UAE. They seemed nice, very open and friendly and well settled in these countries. I also met Pakistanis in the UAE. They mostly drive the Taxis in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

I have traveled to Indonesia and visited the UNESCO World heritage sites there which include Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic monuments.

Me and my friends have been to India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka as a tourists and visited the holy places of Gaya and Sarnath in India and Anuradhapura in Sri-Lanka.

In many tourist areas in India where we Japanese have made monetary contributions like in Gaya, we see that there are signs and restaurants in Japanese.

In India, I saw the influences of all religions and all kinds of thought. I even visited an institute in Bangalore which teaches Japanese to Indian techies – Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre (SNRC) which helps Indians to later get IT jobs in Japan and work on three year projects.

We visited the Himalayan hill stations of Khajjiar, Nainital, Almora, Kausani, Ranikhet, Mukhteshwar, Mussoorie and Darjeeling and two wildlife sanctuaries – Corbett National Park in Uttarkhand and Kaziranga National Park in Assam, with a group of my friends in 2013.

The scenery in the Indian states of Uttarkhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is very similar to what we see in countries like Nepal and Bhutan.

This trip in 2013 was very peaceful, comfortable and nice… especially in the state of Sikkim in Eastern India – where we spent a whole day and night at the Rumtek monastery and trekked in the Western parts of Arunachal Pradesh which have a lot of Buddhist influence.

Sri-Lanka is a Buddhist country and has many huge statues of 仏 like Japan and Korea. I particularly liked visiting Mihintale in Sri-Lanka which has a beautiful white Buddha statue which reminded me of our own Daibutsu in Kamakura.

I have heard that Pakistan also has many Buddhist sites but these may be in ruins, demolished or not properly maintained. We Japanese feel that Buddhist heritage in Pakistan is not preserved well and is being wiped out gradually. We were horrified to know that the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan in March 2001

We read about a lot of violence occurring in Pakistan in our newspapers here.

Everyday some artist is getting assassinated or a group of people belonging to the minority communities in that country are getting killed. There are bombings, shootings, kidnappings for ransom and killings every other week.

All this is very scary and sad for us Japanese people to read. We feel that there is constant violence and killing going on in Pakistan in the name of religion. There are hardly any Japanese tourists visiting Pakistan for this reason. We have heard about the beauty of the Northern Areas of Pakistan but are really scared to visit that country. We have also heard that it is very unsafe for women to visit Pakistan.

We feel that Pakistanis cannot see this world outside the viewpoint of Islam and they do not like or are hateful of all people and cultures who are not Islamic – but Buddhist or atheist like me

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