With all my friends and all the media outlets I knew warning me against traveling to Pakistan, the moment I stood in the queue to board my first flight to Islamabad, I admit I wasn’t sure whether I was in the right place. It’s very hard to extract yourself from all the common preconceptions about Pakistan as a person living in the Western world and consuming Western media. After all, the one single image of the country we are given is that of an unsafe, unwelcoming place – which is of course very wrong. [...]
I feel that over the years, Western media has contributed to building a very one-sided, and one-sidedly negative picture of Pakistan. From news stories on TV, to shows like “Homeland,” much of what we hear about the country internationally can lead us to believe that it’s an empty and violent land filled with dangerous people; a no-go zone.
I'm genuinely surprised that she hasn't been raped and slaughtered yet.
This whole story reminded me of a small part from The Black Swan by N. N. Taleb. A turkey is fed, protected, and sheltered by a butcher for a 1,000 days. The turkey thinks that the butcher absolutely loves her! Hey, just look at the "evidence" of over thirty three months! Then, on day number 1,001, the turkey learns the deadly truth.
Lesson: Don't be a turkey!