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.