People I meet on the road
20 November 2015
posted by Salman Rashid @ 12:00 AM,
- At April 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM, Ali Raza Zaidi said...
Strange, sir, In December 2012, i visited Uch Sharif, all alone, but their police at shrine, stopped me and asked who am i, why i came here. After half an hour discussion they let me go. Some times when you visit ancient shrine, possible these places are only remains their original places. People asked you who are you and why you taking pictures.
- At May 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Zaidi Sahib, we are a security state. Even if the police do nothing else, they get terribly paranoid at the first sight of a camera. A video camera simply makes them go berserk. This happens all the time, every where. No matter where you are some idiot official will ask you why you are taking pictures. Do not be discouraged. Talk your way out of the situation. there is nothing else to do.
- At November 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM, Spade said...
I too encountered hostility in Afghanistan . This was in 1972, on way back, by car, from Europe, a young man got into violent argument with me , he debated the very existence of my country and did not support partation, this was unusual as these people are usually very nice to travellers , indeed it is a part of the Pakthunwali code. In Kabul the hotel staff looked with naked hatred towards me when they discovered I was a Pakistani . In London I went into a restaurant thinking it was a Pakistani one , it was not and the Bangladeshi staff looked at me with great hostility . Turkey , in 1971 , gave me more respect that anywhere else in the world including my own country .
- At November 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM, said...
Sir some time an innocent has to reap what others sowed
- At November 20, 2015 at 5:25 PM, Spade said...
Afghanistan of course was the only country that opposed Pakistan's entry to the UN , they had reservations and still do on the boundary agreement .
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