What is your experience with Pakistan & Pakistani people?

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Mudassir Ali 6 months 1 Answer 106 views 0

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  1. Interesting question !

    I am an Indian and I have met a couple of Pakistanis at Bangkok airport, Indonesia, Dubai and Tanzania airport.

    Sometimes they feel nervous to talk to an Indian. This guy whom I met at Bangkok airport didn’t want to make an eye contact with me once he knew I am an Indian. I continued talking to him and offered to drink coffee together at some cafe, since he was flying to Lahore and I was flying to Kolkata. We had lots of time in hand. He felt at ease and we started having conversations.
    They do ask weird questions. The same guy whom I met at the airport asked me a question which seemed weird to me. “Why don’t you guys marry in your family just like us”. I had absolutely no clue what to say, and I just answered him , it’s simply not a practice in my religion.
    They do funny things at times. The same guy at Bangkok offered to pay for our coffee. He went ahead and gave a bill “Korean Won” to the cashier. The cashier refused to accept it. He seemed disappointed. I felt amused that he doesn’t know that Korean Won is not an internationally accepted currency. P.S – he was coming back from Korea from a business meeting.
    They feel proud when they defeat India in a cricket match. The guy I met at Indonesia in a coffee shop was travelling to Indonesia with his family for leisure. When he knew I am an Indian, he started asking about my job, etc. I didn’t mind answering his questions. Then all of a sudden he told me “last match Mei humne India ko hara Diya” meaning “we defeated India in the previous match”. I didn’t know what to say because I didnt even watch that match and I had no idea about the result. I told him – “Bhai, isi baat pe party de do”. Meaning “why don’t you treat me because you guys won”. He was a bit shocked and he just moved on without saying anything.
    They are friendly. I met this Pakistani guy in Dubai. He used to drive tourists to the Desert Safari and bring them back. While we were on our way , we spoke about a lot of things related to India and Pakistan. He seemed to have met a lot of proud and arrogant Indians in the past. Somehow we seemed to gel well. Later on we shared a smoke together and he dropped me back to my home. While parting we exchanged numbers and told him to pass on my greetings to his wife and family.
    They are helpful. I was at the Dar es Salaam airport in Tanzania. There was some issue with my Visa and the officers asked me to pay USD 600 to get a stay permit. I only had USD 250 in my pocket and didn’t know how to get the rest of the money. It was 4 am in the morning. In the queue , I found a guy who looked like an Indian so I approached him for help. He told me he is a Pakistani but I continued to explain my situation to him and asked for help. He said he doesn’t have that much of money but he will surely call and ask his friend who was standing outside the airport. Though he couldn’t help at the end, but I was happy that he empathized with my situation.
    So in my experience, every person is different and unique and we can’t measure everyone on the same scale.

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