Dis­cover Pak­istan

The China Post - - SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT -

The word “Pak­istan” is a com­bi­na­tion of two words with spe­cial mean­ing. “Pak” stands for pi­ous, and “Stan” stands for home­land. Both of the words be­long to the Per­sian and Urdu lan­guages. Based on this def­i­ni­tion, Pak­istan is the home­land of pi­ous peo­ple.

The coun­try came into be­ing be­cause count­less an­ces­tors sac­ri­ficed their lives for in­de­pen­dence. They were not al­lowed to fol­low Is­lam in­de­pen­dently or per­form re­li­gious du­ties in the sub-con­ti­nent. Most of them were pun­ished or dis­turbed when they per­formed re­li­gious du­ties. These peo­ple sac­ri­ficed them­selves for the free­dom of im­mi­nent gen­er­a­tions, pro­vid­ing a land where re­li­gious du­ties may be per­formed at one’s wish and free­dom.

With this ob­ser­va­tion in mind, a whole day of events is held in cel­e­bra­tion of the most re­mark­able day in the history of Pak­istan. The flag is raised in the morn­ing, pa­tri­otic songs are sung, tributes to the na­tional he­roes are made, and var­i­ous cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties take place. The peo­ple of Pak­istan are also in­vited to go to Mosques in­stead of cel­e­brat­ing with mu­sic par­ties. The main cel­e­bra­tion and im­por­tance of this day is that the lost he­roes are be­ing com­mem­o­rated and hopes for the fu­ture are raised.

De­spite de­vel­op­ment prob­lems com­mon through­out the world, Pak­istan has some­how man­aged to get things right where so many other coun­tries have gone wrong. There is much that the peo­ple of Pak­istan and Tai­wan can achieve to­gether to their mu­tual ben­e­fit.

Build­ing Bridges be­tween Pak­istani

and Tai­wanese Peo­ple

Like their coun­ter­parts in Tai­wan, Pak­istani peo­ple are very hard­work­ing, friendly, peace­ful and car­ing; these val­ues are an im­por­tant part of their cul­ture. Any­one who has ever lived in Pak­istan will say the same thing. They will also tell you that they are tal­ented busi­ness­peo­ple.

There are in­deed a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the peo­ple of Pak­istan and Tai­wan, ex­plained Ali Syed Nazim Adeel, chair­man of the Tai­wan Pak­istan Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, who pre­vi­ously lived in Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan and main­land China be­fore set­tling down in Tai­wan. He chose Tai­wan as his home be­cause Tai­wan’s cul­ture and cus­toms at­tracted him a lot.

From the out­set, Nazim re­marked that Tai­wanese treat for­eign­ers well and re­called how he got lost on his way to Fu Jen Catholic Univer­sity (輔仁大學) dur­ing his first visit to Taipei. For­tu­nately, he met a col­lege stu­dent who helped him find his way to his des­ti­na­tion un­der a scorch­ing sun de­spite the lan­guage bar­rier be­tween them.

Cus­tomers from Pak­istan know the trade­marks of main­land China (Baidu, Alibaba), Ja­pan (Hi­tachi, Sony) and South Korea ( Sam­sung, Hyundai) well, but feel un­fa­mil­iar with Tai­wan brands such as HTC, ACER and ASUS, even though their prod­ucts are avail­able on the mar­ket. In fact, Tai­wan prod­ucts like auto parts, new/used com­put­ers, cell- phones, cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories are not in­fe­rior to prod­ucts from South Korea, he ex­plained. With this ob­ser­va­tion in mind, he wants to build the bridge be­tween Pak­istan and Tai­wan and en­cour­age in­vest­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

A Hid­den Heaven for In­vest­ment

Pak­istan is rich in nat­u­ral re­sources, be it gold, coal, cop­per, iron, gas, gems, salt and more. Pak­istan is also a rich agri­cul­tural coun­try known for its wheat, rice, fruit, cot­ton and seafood all over the world. It also has great in­dus­trial po­ten­tial — in fact, its sport­ing goods, tex­tiles and ap­par­els as well as sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments are well-known prod­ucts in many coun­tries.

For prod­ucts rang­ing from mar­ble to crys­tal salt lamps, hand­made wooden fur­ni­ture and fruit, there are many busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in Pak­istan, ex­plained Adeel. Among other high­lights, seafood such as crab and fish are the main prod­ucts ex­ported to Thai­land, Dubai, Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan. If Tai­wan wants to im­port raw ma­te­ri­als, ex­port­ing them be­fore pro­cess­ing, then it must have mar­ket com­pet­i­tive­ness. He thinks Tai­wanese should try some­thing new be­cause they are very cre­ative. Although en­ter­ing a new mar­ket is more dif­fi­cult, the op­por­tu­ni­ties are also quite im­pres­sive.

Adeel en­cour­ages Tai­wanese en­trepreneurs to do busi­ness in Pak­istan. The qual­ity of prod­ucts from Tai­wan is high and the coun­try can gain pub­lic­ity through ap­pro­pri­ate ad­ver­tise­ments. At present, the Tai­wan Pak­istan Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion will co­op­er­ate with small and medium-sized en­ter­prises in Tai­wan, and he hopes Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment can of­fer a space for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The main pur­pose of our as­so­ci­a­tion is to help Pak­istani peo­ples liv­ing in Tai­wan,” con­cluded Nazim. “If any Pak­istani has a prob­lem in Tai­wan, he can con­tact us and we will try our best to help. At the same time, if any Tai­wanese per­son has some dif­fi­cul­ties in Pak­istan, they should con­tact us.”

Karachi is the cap­i­tal city of Pak­istan’s Sindh Province. It is the world’s largest and most pop­u­lated metropoli­tan city, with the sec­ond largest city pop­u­la­tion in the world over­all. It is well known to be the fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal of Pak­istan and the back­bone of the coun­try. The coun­try’s main seaport is also lo­cated here. Known as the City of Lights, Karachi’s nightlife led to the name as it’s a city that never sleeps. Through­out the city there are a va­ri­ety of re­lated mon­u­ments, build­ings and land­marks that are named af­ter the found­ing fa­ther of the na­tion, Quaide-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah. The peo­ple of Karachi show great love and ad­mi­ra­tion for the coun­try’s leg­endary history. Since Bri­tish colo­nial times, the city has been ad­mired for its lo­ca­tion and eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

The cap­i­tal city of the Pak­istani province of Punjab is La­hore. La­hore is the sec­ond-most pop­u­lated city in Pak­istan and the sec­ond-largest metropoli­tan area. The city is the main cul­tural cen­ter of the coun­try. It is a source and hub for the econ­omy, pol­i­tics, trans­por- tation, en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion. The city is also known as the Mughal City of Gar­dens, be­cause there is a large his­toric pres­ence of gar­dens around the city. These gar­dens have been around since the Mughal pe­riod. Not only is this city im­por­tant to Pak­istan due to its rich history, it is also an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal cen­ter in South Asia.

Af­ter Karachi and La­hore, the third­largest metropoli­tan city in Pak­istan is Faisal­abad. It is also si­t­u­ated in Punjab, the same province as La­hore. This city is not a fi­nan­cial or his­tor­i­cal cen­ter; in­stead, it is a ma­jor in­dus­trial cen­ter. Also known as the Manch­ester of Pak­istan, Faisal­abad is one of the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to the coun­try’s GDP, pro­vid­ing over 20 per­cent. It is said to be the best place to do busi­ness in Pak­istan. Si­t­u­ated in the sur­round­ings of the coun­try­side, Faisal­abad is a ma­jor pro­ducer of mills that process sugar, flour and oil seed, as well as cot­ton and silk tex­tiles.

Ali Syed Nazim Adeel, chair­man of the Tai­wan Pak­istan Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, chose Tai­wan as his home be­cause Tai­wan’s cul­ture and cus­toms at­tracted him a lot.

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