Indian owned Pakistani Paindabad is a ‘model’ website

November 14th, 2007 - 2:10 am ICT by admin  
Mayank Austen Soofi, a young Indian who lives in Delhi, who visited Pakistan twice, said that he created the website “to point out those aspects of Pakistan which nobody notices”.

Soofi has developed this website with the help of Indian graduate student Gaurav Sood, and built up a cadre of Pakistani contributors.

On this website, one can find essays and articles that are impressive in their range and originality.

There are regular ‘Top Five’ columns, listing pride points for Pakistanis; and a number of interviews with eminent writers and journalists Bapsi Sidhwa, Ardeshir Cowasjee, and Irfan Husain, artists - Amin Gulgee is a recent interviewee - and ordinary citizens with a lot to say about today’s Pakistan, the Daily Times reported.

Soofi says that his fellows Indians “are sort of always puzzled why a Delhi-based person is writing such things on Pakistan. Some imagine me to be a Pakistani living in India while some send me e-mails calling me an ISI agent.”

The reactions from Pakistanis are generally more positive, but some controversial stories, like “Dating in Pakistan” received complaints from Pakistanis who felt that Soofi was “trying to portray young Pakistanis in a bad light”.

Summing up, Soofi says, “Please do not imagine that we are trying to do some service to Pakistan. The country doesn’t need any charity. It is just an effort on my part to present those truths about Pakistan which the news-hungry media somehow forgets to cover.” (ANI)

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