A recent Gallup poll showed 81% of Americans have an unfavorable view of Pakistan.
When you hear Pakistan you might think of drone attacks, or Malala being shot, or acid attacks, or Osama hiding out, or minorities being massacred on a daily basis.
All that is true, and believe me it hurts. But you know what? Pakistan is more than that. It’s the truck art that greets you each time you walk the streets. It’s the mango lassi on a hot day, and the Kashmiri pink chai at weddings. It’s our shalwar kameez fashion, our Sufi poetry, and our music, from Ghazal, to Qawwali, to Bhangra.
It’s 175 million people waking up everyday to live their lives, not to be labelled as terrorists, or as victims.