Pakistan - a little bit of everything
Today while sitting up on a mountain near Nathiagali, I realised having seen so many different parts of Pakistan I would never have thought that Nathiagali, the mountains being so peaceful and quiet, is a part of Pakistan.
I realised that Pakistan is a country that holds every aspect of life - you will find what you want whether that’s in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Mirpur or Nathiagali. The country is more then what is projected to us through the media, our families, friends, teachers, books and websites.
Pakistan has talented, skilled people; it is one of the central bases for current Asian fashion because of their unique sense of style, techniques and use of materials although there isn’t a specific style or trend: in Pakistan trend is what you make it.
Along with fashion, Pakistan has explored other aspects of design, looking at carpet designing, painting, stencilling, photography, fine art and many more.
These things are always hidden behind what is projected to us. The media is a story teller which can be true or false. It is up to us what we want to make of it, but tell the two sides of a story.
Although Pakistan holds many positive, there are always negatives like child labour, women’s rights, flooding and poverty but how many of us knew all this?
I think Pakistan is one of those places that you get a bit of everything: you get the countryside, the city, villages and not forgetting many of the highest mountains in the world.
I would like to go back to England and make a change in how people see Pakistan. Using visual pieces I would like to have an exhibition inviting teachers, local people and most importantly young people and students because they hold our future and how we see it. If we can make a difference in what they see then inshallah there will be a change.