An American in Karachi

Americans, especially in the armed forces, aren’t exactly the most popular people in Pakistan, but I came across the story of one based in Karachi who went looking for a nature thrill in this most unnatural of cities. Click here to read Tom Garrett’s encounter with nature.

11 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    Very touching and moving.

  2. Faisal (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    He couldn’t go to the Arabian Sea for at least nine months for one night? Lol. It was nice and touching to read though

  3. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    This sounds so fake. Space filling column by that author? Why he could not go to Arabian Sea for 2 years? Count all time from marriage to David etc.

    Arsalan what did you find so touching in that ??

  4. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    Why an American Army officer is so important for us?

    Will they give the same importance to their pakistani counterparts living in US of A.

  5. Nabeel (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    not important – just something of interest.

    because a Pakistani is not all that rare in USA – no outsider is.

    in contrast, in pakistan, a stranger is immediately noticed. we all want to know what the foreigners think of us.

  6. dan (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    It’s a little sad that foreigners stick out so much like that in Pakistan — it clearly shows we have no tourist industry. I’ve been to neighboring India, and over there there are so many foreigners that no one bats an eyelid. We really don’t know what we are missing out. In other South Asian countries, foreigners on the street are normal. The PTDC needs to get their act together.

  7. JayJay (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 5:25 am
  8. BitterTruth (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 5:27 am

    Pleasant surprise not to read any negative comments from a visitor.
    As far as “We really don’t know what we are missing out” is concerned, the answer is “law and order”.

  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    OWK, since you have already declared the narration as fake, so there is no point of my providing you with any explainations. :-))

  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    As story it is interesting –

    Ground reality is way too different – Since 1998 after the nuclear blast by the Pakistan, and later show down at Kargil.

    The then ISI chief The Playboy turned Tablighi icon Javed Nasir came hard upon all of diplomatic corps. Specially in the coastal area of Sindh & Balochistan. The movement restricted by providing them an escort, to keep an eye on their activities. 24/7.

    Americans in particular are not allowed to roam around in cities of Pakistan after sunset without an escort, unless otherwise they are in some spy game., and sneak otherwise.

    – with great caution i would say – it is nicely written fiction

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Unless Uncle Sam don’t give asherward for something, it’s not considered worthy enough in Pakistan. Now I am sure many readers would try to seek that particular area and would not hesitate to sacrifice their lives to find out the foot prints of that american guy. After All US and American is a sacred cow for us.

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