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This American Girl describes Pakistan as her first and last Love

American girl loves Pakistan

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Pat Isringhausen is an American, who reverted to Islam in 2011 – her Muslim name is Ayesha. While in American, Ayesha worked in healthcare as a director of a pediatric neurosurgical office. Her passion to face challenges and adventures made her come to Pakistan, despite having been shown a lot of negativity about Pakistan by the western media, Ayesha never put her ears to what others thought about Pakistan. According to her, she relies on experiences rather than what others tell.

Ayesha, who is currently staying in Larkana, Sindh to help a friend establish a school and a hospital in Ali Sain Abad, had an interview with Jovago Pakistan and this article is based on what she said about Pakistan. According to her, Pakistan is a very unique, charming country and very unlike America, her homeland. There is a sudden paradigm shift, everything steps back into time, there’s load-shedding, lack of sophisticated infrastructure and cultural differences in Pakistan. Despite all this, she loves Pakistan because of her love for Pakistanis.

This is her third trip to the country and she has stayed a good period of time in Pakistan on her previous tours as well. She loves coming to Pakistan, especially the interior Sindh where she visits a lot of houses and the love she gets is simply out of this world. She speaks about the attention she gets from the people of Sindh and their love, saying:

No matter how poor they are, they give me the best they have to offer a guest. I am showered with love. It is the tradition of the Sindhi people to give their guest a gift. I never leave the village without some gift.

The traditional gifts presented to her by the locals have simply captivated her heart and her love for Pakistan keeps increasing every day. She loves to go anywhere and everywhere, which is the reason she has seen a lot of Pakistani cities and has also stayed at various places in Pakistan – Islamabad, Lahore, Thatta, Hafizabad, Ali Sain Abad, Shaddapur, Tando Jam, Hyderabad, Tando Adam and Karachi to name a few.

Expressing her views about the second largest metropolitan area of the world, Karachi, she said:

I’ve never been to any other large metropolitan area and found load shedding for example. But I find Karachi to be a bustling vibrant city. Full of interesting marketplaces, food vendors, restaurants, and places to visit.

She is very fond of Mazar-e-Quaid, Mohatta Palace (Karachi), Shahi Qila and Badshahi Mosque (Lahore), Hafizabad and Islamabad and recommends them to all the Americans. She wants to be everywhere in Pakistan however, she has had trouble due to language barriers. She was asked that what would be your answer if someone asks ‘Why should I visit Pakistan?’, she said:

There is no way to describe the people, places, and things in Pakistan. They must be experienced first-hand. I tell about the rich history of Pakistan, the unique culture, and mostly just the wonderful and warm people.

She has fallen head over heels in love with Pakistan – she has experienced love, eaten delicious foods, been to all kinds of events and whatnot. She said:

The “real” Pakistan is the warm and loving people of Pakistan. I have been smothered in love and kindness here.

In her ending note, she deeply expressed her love for the country.

I have a real love for the people of Pakistan and their country. I hope that in some small way I can help to make life better for some of the people who have given me so much love and respect. Mera Piyar Pakistan.