Umair Naeem

Umair Naeem

A marketer by profession and the author of novel 'Drowning Shadows'. He balances his time between freelance writing, travelling, amateur photography and his love for Pakistan Cricket and Arsenal. He tweets @umairn (twitter.com/umairn)

What it means to be a ‘Pakistani’

A few days ago a good friend of mine, living abroad, asked me a question: “What do you think ‘Pakistani’ means?” The question threw me aback, partly because it was unexpected and partly because I couldn’t think of an immediate answer. A myriad of images flew around in my head in an instant; from the hustle and bustle of Karachi’s Empress Market, to the textures of the Anarkali bazaar in Lahore. But my friend’s question went deeper than just images and feelings. I found myself trying to truly explore what the concept of being ‘Pakistani’ entails. EMPRESS MARKET. PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA Looking at it purely ...

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