Saarc journalists shower praises on Pakistan
LAHORE: Pakistan is home to very friendly and loving people and the environment here is wholly different from what is being projected.
These were the sentiments expressed by the journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka at the recently-concluded “Documentary Making Course VII”, organised by the South Asian Media School (SAMS) at the South Asia Media Centre.
All the 23 foreign participants were all praise for the people of Pakistan for their love and hospitality. They also lauded the Pakistani media and appreciated its social, cultural and literary activities.
Abdullah, a cameraman from Afghanistan, said he had learned a lot during his stay in Lahore. He dispelled the impression that Afghanistan is a country where Taliban are in majority. He said Afghanistan is a liberal country and has free media.
Sauda Saleem, a producer in Television Maldives, said: “My people advised me not to go to Pakistan, but I have found nothing wrong here.” “This is a very different place. The anecdotes told and depicted by the foreign media about Pakistan are baseless. The people of Lahore are very friendly and hospitable and I will never be able to forget these days. I’m taking back home a modern, moderate, peaceful and a thoroughly new image of Pakistan,” she added.
Abdullah Danish, a journalist from India, said: “Pakistanis are clean and clear at heart.” He said it was high time the world got rid of the stereotyped views about the SAARC countries.