Picture of the Day: Imagining Pakistan

Posted on June 12, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Photo of the Day, Society
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Adil Najam

PIA print advertisement from the 1960s (Originally uploaded by PakPositive.com which is a blog that highlights the positives aspects of Pakistan).

Let me continue with the ‘Image Pakistan’ theme in choosing the picture for today. I find this advert for PIA absolutely fascinating; both for what it says about how PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) saw itself and how it saw Pakistan (or wanted Pakistan to be seen).

Was this the reality of Pakistan before theso-called ‘darhi wallahs’ took center stage? Or was this ‘image’ of Pakistan as much out-of-sync with the reality of what was Pakistan then, as the image of the bearded-gun-totting-bomb- throwing-jihadi-Pakistani is today?

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Speaking of ‘image’ and ‘brand’ the Association of Pakistani Professionals (AOPP) has recently launched an initiative on the subject and held a thoughtful and thought-provoking event on he subject in New York on June 3. I was asked to moderate part of the program, and found the discussion to be mature, reasoned and reasonable–something we should have more of.

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  4. Ali says:

    This is a splendid website. I wish some of your articles were in Urdu so they can be read by a bigger part of the Pakistani population. Have you considered publishing them in Urdu newspapers?

  5. islamicquran says:

    PIA once was the most popular air line of Pakistan and in the world it ranked 5 at its peak but now ohhhhh

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