An Open Letter To Naya Pakistan, From A Pakistani Who Lives Abroad

By Maliha Khan | 14 Aug, 2018

Dear Naya Pakistan,

Just to start things off with a clarification: by definition, I may be a foreigner but that does not change the fact that I was born in Pakistan, that I have spent every other summer in the heat of Lahore, and to this day my parents enforce Pakistani cultures and traditions in the house.

So yes living in a different country may make me a foreigner, lekin dil toh hai Pakistani.

Pakistan Prepares For Presidential Election


For as long as I can remember, you have been described as a third world country and an underdog.

Why else would my parents leave their families, their house, and their memories behind to step into a world of the unknown? But the people of Pakistan and the ones that believe in it have worked long and hard for the past 22 years since my family moved, and I can hold my head up high and say I am proud to be a Pakistani.

I have been on this journey of accepting my roots and heritage for a very long time. Things I have heard on the news, from people close and far from me, and my personal experiences have never portrayed you as the homeland I always wanted you to be.

Pakistan 2

See, I know you’re not a perfect nation. You never have been.

Evils like child rape, domestic violence, honor killings, harassment, and inequality among different sexes and people of different sexual orientations still exist within your realm. But I hope you’ll do better. I hope you’ll be better.


For me, this new era for you could be the light at the end of a truly gloomy tunnel.

In my mind, this new age could promise improvement, modernity, and progress. The next time I visit, I want to be able to explore your beauty and richness without having to worry about my safety. I want to see children going to school and laughing with friends during lunch breaks, rather than alone in a room being taken advantage of.

I wish to see more women in positions of power. I hope to see the transgender community get the respect and love they deserve. Dear Naya Pakistan, I want to see change like never before.



I have faith in us. We’re not there yet, but we will be. Soon. 

Already, women can be seen uniting through the #MeToo movement and through initiatives like the Aurat March. The conversation around taboo topics has begun. The awareness being raised through the means of social media, and the cleansing of people’s minds are the steps that are already being taken in the right direction. I am happy with the improvements we have been able to make and the improvements we are continuing to work at.


We should no longer be looked at as the nation that houses terrorists. Rather we should be looked at as a nation that is talented, dedicated and selfless. This is the place I am happy to call home, a place that will always accept me for myself, and allow me to grow as an individual. I guess what I’m saying is, like every hopeful Pakistani, I want you to be successful, Naya Pakistan.


Yours sincerely,

A Pakistani who can’t wait to come back.


Here Are All The Events You Can Attend In Your City On Independence Day This Year


Here’s A List Of All Restaurant Azaadi Deals in Lahore This 14th August



Cover image via

Share This

More Recent Stories


That Big Fat Indian Wedding Just Had Another Bollywood Party And Everyone Looked Sexy AF

A few days ago, India was literally LIT as Isha Ambani (the daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani…TH...

12 Dec, 2018

Osman Khalid Butt Is The Most Woke Pakistani Man, And More Actors Need To Be Like Him

Osman Khalid Butt is known for his dashing good looks paired with great acting and quick wit. Another thing that Osma...

12 Dec, 2018

Katrina Kaif’s Hot AF New Item Song Will Make You Forget “Sheila Ki Jawani”

Katrina Kaif is literally THE item song queen. After giving us hits like ‘Chikni Chameli,’ ‘Sheila ...

12 Dec, 2018

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad And Jeremy McLellan Just Won Twitter With Their SAVAGE AF Responses To A Hater

Lmaaaoooooo, burn. Though they are not always known for their quick wit and comebacks, there are always instances whe...

12 Dec, 2018

Sanam Baloch Is Being Attacked For Questioning Why Aamir’s First Wife Hasn’t Accepted His Marriage

Aamir Liaquat and second wife Syeda Tuba appeared on the ‘Subah Saverey Samaa Kay Saath’ with Sanam Baloch, a few day...

12 Dec, 2018

This is How Famous People in Pakistan Would Look If They Didn’t Have Eyebrows

People you see on TV usually look great thanks to a crew that works hard otherwise there’s no way in hell they ...

12 Dec, 2018