George ka khuda hafiz — I

Published: March 1, 2011
The writer is a freelance print and broadcast journalist

The writer is a freelance print and broadcast journalist [email protected]

For the past nine years, I have been in a dysfunctional relationship. My liaison started somewhat unexpectedly, quickly becoming an all-consuming passionate love affair. My partner reciprocated strongly, bestowing deep affection and adoration upon me. Blinded by love, I was naive to her failings. Yes, at times she was self-destructive, irrational and grossly irresponsible, but I hoped by appealing to her nature’s better angles she could change. Instead, as the years progressed, and, supported by her ‘friends’ in the media, she corroded, simultaneously displaying signs of megalomania and paranoia. Once the relationship turned abusive and I feared for my life, I decide to call it quits. Today, the divorce comes through. Her name is Pakistan. And today, I am leaving her for good.

This was not a difficult decision to make. In fact, I didn’t make the decision. It was made for me. You do not chart your own destiny in Pakistan; Pakistan charts it for you. It’s emigration by a thousand news stories. I am aware that bemoaning the state of Pakistan as a final shot appears churlish and arrogant. After all, I have the luxury to leave — many others do not. Nor do I want to discredit the tireless work of the thousands who remain to improve the lives of millions of Pakistanis. They are better men and women than I. Pakistan has also given me so much over the years. It was Pakistan who introduced me to the love of my life. And it was upon her manicured lawns that we married, and upon her reclaimed soil that we set up our first home. She brought the love of a new family and new friends into my life. And it was Pakistan that witnessed the birth of my son, Faiz — named after one of her greatest sons.

She embraced me like no other gora post-9/11. I appeared in a documentary/reality series titled “George Ka Pakistan”. It allowed me to explore the country. I ploughed fields in the Punjab, built Kalashnikovs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (probably couldn’t do that now), and mended fishing boats in Balochistan. The culmination of the series saw the then prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, confer Pakistani citizenship upon me, after the viewing public voted overwhelmingly to make me one of them. I was their George. Fame and affection followed.

But that love was conditional. Conditional upon me playing the role cast — the naïve gora. The moment I abandoned the Uncle Tom persona and questioned the defined establishment narratives — whether through my television work or columns — excommunication began. No longer a Pakistani in the eyes of others, my citizenship evidently was not equitable to others.

So, as I depart, I could go with my reputation tarnished, but still largely intact. Or I could leave you with some final words of honesty. Well, true love values honesty far more than a feel-good legacy. So here goes.

Pakistan, you are on a precipice. A wafer-thin sliver is all that stands between you and becoming a failed state. A state that was the culmination of a search for a ‘Muslim space’ by the wealthy Muslims of Northern India has ended up, as MJ Akbar recently pointed out, becoming “one of the most violent nations on earth, not because Hindus were killing Muslims but because Muslims were killings Muslims”.

The assassination of Salmaan Taseer saw not only the death of a man but also represented for me the death of hope in Pakistan. I did not mourn Taseer’s death. I did not know the man. But I mourned what he represented — the death of liberal Pakistan. The governor’s murder reminded us how far the extremist cancer has spread in our society. A cancer in which I saw colleagues and friends on Facebook celebrate his murder. A man murdered for standing up for the most vulnerable in our society — a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. He committed no crime. Instead, he questioned the validity of a man-made law — a law created by the British — that was being used as a tool of repression.

In death, the governor was shunned, unlike his killer, who was praised, garlanded and lionised for shooting Taseer in the back. Mumtaz Qadri became a hero overnight. But Qadri is not just a man — he’s a mindset, as eloquently put by Fifi Haroon. Fascism with an Islamic face is no longer a political or an economic problem in Pakistan, it’s now become a cultural issue. Extremism permeates all strata and socio-economic groups within society. Violent extremists may still make up a minority but extremism now enjoys popular support. As for the dwindling moderates and liberals, they are scared.

Pakistan does not require a secret police, we are in the process of turning upon ourselves. But then what do you expect when your military/intelligence nexus — and their jihadi proxies — have used religious bigotry as a tool of both foreign and domestic policy. It is ironic that the one institution that was designed to protect the idea of Pakistan is the catalyst for its cannibalisation. Christians, Ahmadis, Shias and Barelvis have all been attacked in the past year. Who will be next? Groups once funded and supported by the state have carried out many of these attacks. And many jihadi groups still remain in cahoots with the agencies.

So as I leave Pakistan, I leave her with a sense of melancholy. Personally, for all my early wide-eyed excitement and love for the country and its people, Pakistan has made me cynical, disillusioned and bitter over time. I came here with high hopes, adopting the country, its people and the language. I did find redemption here — but no longer.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2011.

Reader Comments (1027)

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 10:39PM

    We will miss you a lot George. No more running into you at T2F or any of the other events we used to see you at. It truly is the end of an era.Recommend

  • No BS
    Mar 1, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Goodbye George, thank you for the wonderful memories Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 10:56PM

    this is sad.. really sad.. and wats worse would be people celebrating this.. you will surely be missed George :(Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Dont go George.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:00PM

    We hope you’ll be back.Recommend

  • asma@london
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:01PM

    extremely sad article and sad to see you leaveRecommend

  • Aisha Randhawa
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Well there is no point in Pakistan being a ‘failed state’. This has been said earlier and we will keep on hearing it ever after, but the fact is Pakistan was, is and will be there. This is a very hopeless statement, hard times come and goes, as a nation we are undergoing a strong one, but hopes must not die! For you George, best of Luck, you would be greatly missed :).Recommend

  • Arifq
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Sad, very sad! We wish you well George, I know you meant well, there was a certain innocent honesty in your approach, we shall miss you and maybe who knows miracles do happen we see you back one day. Best of luck dear George, Pakistan is poorer today. Recommend

  • KK
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Perhaps, not so strangely, I can actually relate to George’s parting paragraph: …”for all my early wide-eyed excitement and love for the country and its people, Pakistan has made me cynical, disillusioned and bitter over time. I came here with high hopes, adopting the country, its people and the language. I did find redemption here — but no longer.”

    That’s how I used to be… wide-eyed and dizzy with love for my country. Making excuses. Thinking that, we’re lagging but we’ll get there. Happy to announce my birth country if asked where I was from. Now.Now, I don’t recognise my own city as it has turned into this fake, garish courtesan. The people. People who once were loving, respectful and generous and kind hearted. Today, they have turned selfish, self centred and keeping a very loose hand on ethics and morality if any grip at all. I find the attitude of the younger generation appalling. With freedom of thought and expression they have taken freedom from etiquette and respect as well.

    I do not know this land that I live in. It is not what I grew up in.Recommend

  • mango man
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Sad, really sad. We will miss you. Thanks for your love for this emotional nation Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:13PM

    Although I know you only as much as every other Pakistani does, I could not believe that you were leaving. It just does not settle in my mind that you are leaving because of the same threat that you had overcome when you came here for “George ka Pakistan”. At the same time, I recognize that you have to look for a better future for yourself and your family. If that means you have to leave Pakistan, so be it. I am with you and I am sure many Pakistanis are with you as well. Needless to say, we will miss you. You were and are like a family member that we could never meet :)Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 11:14PM

    George. Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi had said. “Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” and similarly there are no conditions. You are in love with Pakistan exactly like Pakistan is in love with you. When you say “Pakistan does not require a secret police, we are in the process of turning upon ourselves.” and the word you use is ‘we’ not ‘you’ you, yourself, define yourself as a Pakistani. And so did Pakistanis wanted to be with you as a part that is why they voted for you. For some it might be just a tv documentary. For some it was whole different stuff.

    This country has many problems and only a few of which u mentioned. But are these problems enough to give up on our love. Ya, i know you might only think of it as emotional stuff. But some people do find logic in this country. Some of us do see more potential here than any one can imagine. Some of us do see a greater future.

    i don’t know what you have been through, and i am sure what u have been through has been pretty tough. And tiresome.

    But let me tell you, when a young kid in peshawar one day said to my face if George can come to Pakistan and try do the right things, for this country if Todd Shae can do it for us then who the hell are us to say no? That day i realized what was your importance to us, to Pakistan.

    I dont blame you for leaving, but let me promise you, one day, one day for sure, you will come back. You will come back to a country that you aspired and loved. And it will be in a condition that you desire now. Where the hope will not be lost. Where love and care and respect will be given. It will be a country where your son was born; it will be a country where he will enjoy all that he deserved; it will be a country where you will want to raise him.

    Best wishes and good Luck.. Hope to see you soon :D

    Allah Hafiz :)Recommend

  • M
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:14PM

    Damn G! God bless Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 11:15PM

    i was one of those who voted for you back in GKP days. last year during my visit to Karachi for Blog Awards i got chance to meet you. i cant say that i will miss you as hopefully you are coming the land where i am right now so probably i got chance to meet you again… but one thing is disturbing for me is the fact that the love and the beautiful memories you got from Pakistan are no more charming and cherish-able due to the bitter flavor that has been added to them over the years.
    all the best for the coming life and i hope Pakistan will remain in your memories because i am sure you must have some really amazing memories tagged to it.Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmad
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:19PM

    I feel embarrassed being a Pakistani right now. This is supposed to be an eye-opener about our ironic societal standards… I don’t know the guy personally.. nor am I gonna miss him… but what he wrote was sheer unbiased truth; coming directly from someone who tried to fit in and gave up.

    So Unfortunate.Recommend

  • Manan Anwar
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Whatever you do, don’t let your Faiz forget what he is, and where he belongs. Lord knows we need one so bad.

    You will be missed. Recommend

  • patriot
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Good bye George and don,t come back again.Recommend

  • Tabinda K
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Goodbye George. Its a sad departure. But thank you for trying to adopt Pakistan. Its too bad that it didn’t adopt you.Recommend

  • Sheikh Sarmad
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:28PM

    We don’t want to look at ourselves…you tried to show us mirror….!Recommend

  • parvez
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:31PM

    You must do what your conscience and good sense tells you to do, especially when you are fortunate enough to be able to do so. Pakistan has made you cynical, disillusioned and bitter. I hope you don’t entirely blame Pakistan but do some introspective soul searching as well to get a balanced view.
    I have never met you but what little I saw, heard and read forced me to come to the conclusion that you must be a good man.
    A good man is hard to keep down and where ever you are I hope we keep hearing from you. Recommend

  • Kamran Sarwar
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:32PM

    I dont know u personally but Will
    Mourn the day u leave. Thanks for everything. Recommend

  • Osman Nasir
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:34PM

    “George is Dead, Long Live the George!!”

    I will get her corrected George, I will resurrect her, I will get her breathing again, for I can not Leave her, she is what I am, and I am Pakistan.

    “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:34PM

    Sad! I guess you saw Pakistan change for the worse. But this gives the many of us eager to return very little hope. I get soo sad when non Pakistani’s leave Pakistan despondent and disappointed. It was never so. I hope this doesn’t mark an exodus of foreigners from Pakistan because that would be a crying shame.

    Hope to see you return some day. All the best!Recommend

  • anon
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:41PM

    DON”T LEAVEEEEEE!Recommend

  • Carmen Gonzalez
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:42PM

    Dear George, my family and I left Pakistan last summer. I endorse everyone of your words. No need to add anything…Good luck! Recommend

  • Mariam Javaid
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:42PM

    I am sorry that you are made to flee by common man catastrophic ideology. hope one day you find a reason to come backRecommend

  • Mahin
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:42PM

    We wont Miss you George. Thank You you are leaving us.Recommend

  • Mahin
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Bye GeorgeRecommend

  • Syed
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Good Bye George…!! i can feel the pain by reading the article… this is what every Pakistani feels.. you gave it words..!! Recommend

  • anyonymous
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Allah aap ko khush rakhay George.Recommend

  • ani
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Admire your honesty coming in and going out. But know something: you can leave Pakistan, but Pakistan won’t leave you. Such as are the matters of the heart.

    With time bitterness will give way to fond memories and you will heal. Please write from your new base. Your voice is required. It can provide that much needed light of reason in a land that continues to fall to the forces of darkness and evil.

    The Pakistan of Jinnah’s vision has not given up on its citizens. So why should you? Recommend

  • M
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Damn G!
    God bless Recommend

  • Dabeer
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:50PM

    my heart criesRecommend

  • Syed Khurram Mohiuddin
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:51PM

    As much as I want refute what he is saying, I cannot. Salman Taseer’s murder and the following response that it got was shocking for me.

    Majority of the educated middle class people were rejoicing his death.

    Pata nai ab kia banay ga is qom ka. Recommend

  • Rana Tauqeer Ahmad
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:51PM

    I can’t stop myself saying, so let me say this, Our love for you was un-conditional and un-biased besides everything rather than standing with her(Pakistan) and her people in a much difficult & cruicial time with a sense of responibility and honesty for her integrity you are leaving with just a sense of melancholy in your eyes, its your choice you are leaving-i’ll not stop you man because none can !
    But we will never leave our Mother-land and will fight till the last drop of blood in our veins for her Ultimate Destiny because we owe our lives and strenghts to Pakistan !
    Besides all, We wish you Best wishes and want to thank you for your lovely true memories.
    Good-Bye George, have a wonderful life-we’ll miss you alot.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 11:51PM

    Good bye ,
    we have nice company of yours. remember us in pray.and pray for her(pakistan).its really a tough time.
    Junaid Abbasi Recommend

  • Haider Bajwa
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:53PM

    I appreciate your affection with our mother land and also agree to some serious points raised but you can not jump on to any conclusion about Pakistan in this brief time period.Again as you said you have the option to leave unlike millions who don’t.Pakistan has been like this since birth and will prosper and grow further Inshallah in spite of the problems routing because of our geographical and political significance.Wishing you good luck for your future.Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:55PM

    The mullah and his distorted teaching of Islam are the catalyst for the cannibalization of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usama Zafar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:04AM

    This was a huge slap on our face! A slap we really deserved I should say!!Recommend

  • Ali Kazmi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:05AM

    What I’m about to say will sound very juvenile and starry-eyed, but I am juvenile and starry-eyed so I’ll say it nonetheless: you’re going to miss out on a peaceful and largely silent revolution that will bring sanity back to Pakistan.

    I don’t know much about politics and I don’t try too hard to stay abreast of what’s going on in Pakistan, but I know a lot of brave people who are doing a lot of good work and so I’m hopeful.Recommend

  • Shehryar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:06AM

    How about a new series called “George ka Englistaan!”Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:12AM

    What took you so long? Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:13AM

    I had the pleasure meeting George last year at TEDxKarachi and he was so positive about this country and how we all can do our bid to make things better. His decision of leaving this country can either be taken very ordinarily or we can try to come out of the denial which will eventually lead us to Mullah Omer’s Pakistan.Recommend

  • Huzefa
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:15AM

    Are you going to surrender your Green Passport and CNIC?Recommend

  • Kashan Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:20AM

    I guess you took right decision, but you will be dearly missed. You came and won millions of hearts of Pakistanis but I guess the same people are now turning violent.

    A friend of mine once rightly said ‘Pakistan ka sabsey bada dushman Pakistani hai’Recommend

  • lida
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:22AM

    Its a Sad day for Pakistan indeed.
    George feels threatened because of the Mullah Atmosphere.

    Intolerance to all!!!! is what Pakistan has become.
    Musharraf or Imran Khan pls save Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Blame AmerikAAAA for everything is what we do!!!!Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:24AM

    We All Love You Dear George! Recommend

  • jk
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:26AM

    George goes, guess Fassi zaka is nect. well done pakistanRecommend

  • Maheen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:27AM

    You have been a hope in yourself for people in Pakistan. Hoping you will come back soon. Recommend

  • rubab
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28AM

    u shud leave pakistan a long time backRecommend

  • kamz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:31AM

    bye janni !!!Recommend

  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:33AM

    This came the same day I started watching your documentary series and a day before I am leaving the country myself. Your enthusiasm was palpable. Your words, now too. reflect my thoughts. I, too, have been disillusioned, I, too hope for a better tomorrow for Pakistan. Recommend

  • hana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:34AM

    good bye george, you will always be missedRecommend

  • Salmina Salim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:34AM

    How truly saddening! :(Recommend

  • amjad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:35AM

    This is not the kind of Pakistan, which Quaid left behind. This is not the pakistan for which a million sacrificed with their lives. Signs, of being a failed state are evrey where, if any one fails to recognizes, he is blind. But, it may still be not too late. Recognition of the fact that the whole nation is on the path of self destruction, would be the first step in right direction. Living in denial will not help.Recommend

  • shoaib
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:35AM

    leaving……………thank GOD…… it as early as u canRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:36AM

    sad :(Recommend

  • Umer Jamil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Dear George,

    Unlike many others who may come up with negative response as you should left before, why you came in the first place etc, I only want to let you know that after having such great time in Pakistan, while leaving you should not cite it as a Failed State. You sound like a foe not a friend with these words of yours. Let me ask you, was Britain civilized & cultured since human history began? Hell, it was not there at all & it took centuries for Scotland & England to merge & make Great Britain. So, Pakistan who is just 64 years old have much to gain.

    On behalf of Pakistani Nation, I say Goodbye to you. And do remember that an overwhelming majority of our people doesn’t even know the name ‘George Fulton’. Good bye George.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:41AM

    This is tragic – but we might change your mind for you,and bring you home again – never say never…:)) – in the meantime,all the best, we need more people like you.:)Recommend

  • Mehr Bukhari
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:44AM

    I just want to ask does it really matter..?
    What if George left..? Pakistan was, Pakistan is and Pakistan will be there for good. We need our people to come forward not the foreign sleuths. Recommend

  • M. A. Naqvi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:47AM

    You have done one thing our great Father Jinnah would not do, given up. I can’t change your mind, but your mindset is not what I would adopt. Change does not come unless you work towards making change happen. We expect people to hand us things in a plate, our youth, 30 and under know better of what to expect. We haven’t given up. We are even more optimistic of our future. We can choose to be optimistic or let others make us choose to be pessimistic.

    You have given up, but over 170 million people have not. The vast majority have no choice. You are lucky enough that you can choose to live in places you decide. 170 million don’t have the luxury of that choice. We can let the mindset of a few control our mind and our decisions, or we can contain their mindset. If you have become bitter, I am sorry to say, you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. Nothing against them, but historians let history repeat, people who write history make their own history. Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:48AM

    You are most welcome to India, George!!Recommend

  • fowad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:48AM

    georg…. from the begining i knew that you are a planted element to do some social testings….. so now i know you must be done with your mission….. you will be having huge data bank with you… of pakistan, its culture, people their weekness, strenghts and lot more… i can fill so many pages for your reserach and prob content headers…. you and so many of your type think that we are so stupid….. we do take good care of our guests…. but you people always come to us in hidden form of guest and try to become our ruler…. and now you want to achieve these through media…. .very sad…. you must focus on your country issues….. please we can manage ourself….

    i wont be missing you… thank you that you are leaving…. and you must say some good words about our society that you lived safe here in last 9 years. where as in these years we sufferd lots of pakistani lives because of your so called goras…..

    how ever…. god bless you and give your right mindset & direction…Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:48AM

    dont go George n thanks 4 everythingg pray 4 usRecommend

  • karachiite
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:52AM

    who caresRecommend

  • Nida Tahseen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:54AM

    i wish i could express how sad i have become after reading this article.
    i wont stop u from leaving… but keep praying for us. and dont consider that we all are bad.
    we will RISE as a nation soon.
    its the hope that keeps us alive
    its the hope that keeps us going
    its the hope that keeps us smile.Recommend

  • Ash
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:55AM

    You Cannot leave the love of your life due to what others say about it and do to it. Its always you who has the choice to make a difference or do some good no matter how big or small a difference it makes. If we start divorcing this country one by one i am sure there will be Pakistan no more. At least i don’t want to be among those who leave and would rather stay and fight. You have your opinion friend, and i respect the choice you make. Blame the people, blame the politics blame this country No MORE ! Recommend

  • allah rakha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:03AM

    George is leaving not because of us who comment and can read english, but because of those who cant read english and have amalgamated in to a urdu -islamic nationalist movement…It does not help that this is in english at all..Recommend

  • Tooba Hatif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:04AM

    Its not as deplorable as u presented it..
    Besides yes you dont see any hope cause you were not a born Pakistani.. it always remained just a case of nationality or challenge to you i guess..
    I am a Pakistani.. i see hope.. and even if i dont.. i wont leave it just cause i dont see my life safe here.. cause its mine.. we dont abandon whats ours.. Apparently.. Pakistan was never yours Mr George Fulton..
    Good ByeRecommend

  • Zeeshan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:04AM

    Hi George,
    You are absolutely right. Many people will just see your color and not how Pakistani you are from inside, or should i say just a good human being, as i personally do not even support nationalism. Yes your thoughts resemble many of us Pakistanis, the only difference is that you put it on a piece of paper and we are afraid to do that. You, in the end, have someone to protect you, a shelter (i.e. your native land) but this Pakistan is our land.
    Facebook and Youtube are places where there are people who are small (by size and mind), who do not understand reality, very stupid and even if they celebrate Taseers death and find it “a success” it should not matter to me because many of us find it only a murder. The law is weak, and he should be sentenced for life. That minority who celebrated his death cannot be compared to the huge amount of people who cheer and laugh and “hurray” for muslims death for eg. in iraq and afghanistan. Are you unaware? I am not saying that this qualifies ‘some’ Pakistanis to cheer for Taseers death. But the way you expressed this fact into a very serious letter makes it not so serious. People cheer other peoples death on Youtube and Facebook which you call ‘freedom of speech’. These are americans, these are australians, these are people from other countries and so these include also people from Pakistan. I personally do not care about such people and neither should you and I will not even respond to all their foolish comments because they are not even worth replying to as they do not understand Islam and hadith living in an islamic state. Personal revenge is haraam in Islam. The opinion of only those people should matter to you, who you fine sane, and who you think are the responsible ones, like your colleagues, who control their emotions and respond like a civilized person keeping all values of mankind and islam right there. The population of Pakistan is 150 million. We elected Zardari after B. Bhuttos death foolishly, isnt that right? Who voted and who did not vote share the same fate. Inequality is largely seen in our society, in our justice. This is not an Islamic state, you are right this is no doubt a failed state because people are tired. You have a clear passage to go, but we will continue to do the right things being Pakistanis. Only the right things matter, only the right people matter, the rest is all garbage, and every society has garbage.
    What do you expect from an angry security guard seeking revenge who is trained to shoot, ofcourse he will shoot because thats what he does! Now its upto us to put him in jail, start a case against him, run a trial, or if according to islamic law, maybe he would even be sentenced to death.
    George you lost hope, we didnt. You must be thinking we dont have a choice, but there are many people who do, but still fight for the right cause. We are not giving up and putting our untiring efforts to thicken that wafer-thin sliver which leads to Pakistan’s failure. Goodbye George! safe flight!Recommend

  • Mustaali Marvi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:05AM

    This one of the most tragic valedictory notes I have ever come across!Recommend

  • Mahamness
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:06AM

    May God indeed be your saviour, George, you’ll always be in my prayers :) Have a safe journey!Recommend

  • Ilmana Fasih
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:07AM

    This is my FB status for today:

    @ ‘George ka Pakistan’ wala George Fulton:

    Who says you are ‘leaving’ Pakistan.?

    Once you cross any one’s path be it your ‘dame’ Pakistan, you take a ‘bit’ of her with you, which shall be a ‘little’ part of you, for the rest of your life.

    Wish you good luck in the future endeavors.Recommend

  • Nasim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:08AM

    George I think I must have watched or seen you some of your shows via Youtube as your name rings a bell….. this article you have expressed is brilliant with dignity, and wholeheartedly, I wish you well in your future. I know you will be great warrior in the future….Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Well i don’t understand why most of you are all like ‘Aw miss you George n stuff’ if this land made you bitter, disillusioned and other stuff then what were you doing here for a past decade or so? Well I had a lot of respect for George till i read this and i’m sorry but i have to say this that people like you, carrying immature attitude give false hope to the youth of my country and then chicken out when it matters the most. Instead of leaving with a positive note you are leaving like a chicken, crying loud and cursing the same place you said you were in love with i.e. Pakistan. And for your failed state tag, well we have been through it a lot of times.

    It is sad that the so-called ‘liberals’ are the biggest chicken pops in MY countryRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:11AM

    This is one of the most tragic valedictory notes I have ever come across! It is pitiful that a man who inspired thousands over the fact why Pakistan could have been a better place for them to stay back, is now himself a victim of apartheid in a country that has been dwindling its lust with every passing day.Recommend

  • nusrat
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:15AM

    Good riddance! While I am not the sort who celebrates the demon, Mumtaz Qadri, I am not going to ask you to stay either. By leaving you are showing your true colors – one doesn’t become a citizen of a nation on trial basis and one doesn’t abandon one’s “loved one” when the going gets tough. Recommend

  • Shahzad Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:15AM

    George, being a citizen of Pakistan, I am really sorry that you are leaving with your hopes down. Good luck with your future!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Goodbye and good luck.Recommend

  • Parvez+Mahmud
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:22AM

    Pakistan failed you. Sorry George.
    So a boat gets shattered by a storm, it the fault of the sea.
    Pakistan will exist even when we are all gone.
    Good luck.Recommend

  • ayaz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:22AM

    First it was Aliya now George also left Pakistan for good…George we will miss you…hope you come back soon when these corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are being hanged from parliament house…that day is not long dear…I wish you happy and prosperous life…I hope to see you again…but please dont stop blogging…All the very best dear..Stay Blessed..:)Recommend

  • x-man
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:23AM

    George ,

    you came here gave us hope and NOW here you are saying you gave up on us ! tell me please whats the difference between you and those self centered people in our establishment /mullahs and proxies of our maniac establishment ? you and they are alike buddy you just think for your selves.

    still do appreciate the good work you did for us and thanks for being with us all this time , May Allah bless you and all the best in your future en-devours.

    @ People :

    Georges article says the liberals are our on our own , i take it as george is challenging the liberals to stand up and fight this maniac or they shall DISAPPEAR … Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:30AM

    Good luck George & I hope you find peace wherever you go. Salaam my brother :)Recommend

  • M.Aftab Abbasi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Dear George;

    Good luck to you, me returning to Pakistan after leaving 38 years abroad, i love Pakistan and wish if you would have stayed, you take care of yourself and rest assured Pakistan will inshallah prosper and will never b a failed state, I see a positive change coming sooner then latter.Recommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:36AM

    sad news :-( and sad article but true we will miss u george God BlessRecommend

  • Farhan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:40AM

    One word sums it up to describe a present-day Pakistani: Munafiq (aka Hypocrite).

    God bless you George and may He be with you through all your endeavors.Recommend

  • Aneel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Please Please Don’t Leave Us George….we will miss you:(Recommend

  • Qasim Ali Naqvi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:48AM

    tsk tsk tsk….
    so Pakistan is a failed state eh George?
    agreed with all the social evils that exist, the death of salman taseer; death of liberalism?i disagree, his death has spurned the liberals within us to not bow down. you can run away, but we’ll stay put.
    When a “brownie” in the US or UK starts questioning the legitimacy of the post 9/11 apocalypse.(he/she might not be a Jihadi, u realize there is a possibility oh mighty gora 1, dont you?) he /she is branded a bigot, a fundamentalist whom you cannot trust being around your children even, but when a brownie country judges your actions, they become fascist n bigoted? tsk tsk George?why the hypocrisy?you just cannot swallow the fact that you a gora can be questioned in brownie-land? when a brownie is stripsearched at newark or heathrow airport, its ok..”oh you know..sorry ..random selection…please understand, there’s no need to get exited sir, this is just procedure”.
    you know what sir? GOOD riddance. if you’re so fed up of Pakistan, you shouldn’t be here, and it should be made mandatory that you and people like you should NOT be given citizenship just cause you’re so exited about getting married to a brownie. And i really don’t care if this offends you, cause you with this article have offended millions of people. And those here being apologetic about being Pakistani and about all its problems, why don’t you sponsor them a visa to the UK, I’m sure they’ll love it.Recommend

  • waheed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:51AM

    George! I’ve been reading your op-ed’s ardently and criticising furiously, I would make one last comment “from your column on burqa clad bomber to this last one you’ve tried to convey your dismay and hopelessness to the readers which added to already bleak thoughts, so what if things are going askew, its the thinkers and writers who bring about changes through their ideas. There are millions of things I don’t like about this country but there are billions on reasons to love (her). You became Pakistani with such fanfare which is by far the only example in our country’s history, we were born here nobody awarded us the citizenship, so we have to live with it good times or bad times this is our home and houses can be chosen but homes aren’t. Appreciate your enthusiasm to fit in but disapprove of your hopelessness. Best wishes for your future pursuits. God speed.”
    I know one thing “Hope is believing something will happen, Faith is knowing something is going to happen” I have faith in this country.
    Remember you can take a man out of land but can’t take the land out of him, once a Pakistani always a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Leo
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:59AM

    George, u will be back…coz ur Susraal is here!!!take it easy mate : )Recommend

  • Rubaa . J
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:06AM

    George, you will be missed.
    You are an amazing person and we all Pakistanis pray for you to come back and visit us.
    Even tho I don’t live in Pak but as a Paki, it was our honor to have you in our country.
    May God bless you and your family.
    Live long and happy life!Recommend

  • Rehan Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:14AM

    It is easier to leave the country then to stay and fight her enemies. A sad article depicting reality as well as the writers perception too. Now that the sons of the soil are leaving, you get off the hook easy, as you were and are a Pakistani, but never a born Pakistani.

    How can i point the finger at you when thousands of my own brothers and sisters are leaving. Beaten into submission, most run. However, i for one will not.Recommend

  • camilla asmatullah
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Dear George,
    I cant say i am surprised by you leaving! I wish you and your family all the best!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:25AM

    I predicted this long time back.

    Goes on to prove my point in my blog about you, and you’ve proven to be ‘a temporary by-stander to the chaos we live in’….

  • Tahir Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:25AM

    Sad to see this happen.Sadder still to see the state of affairs in Pakistan.Between the Goddam Mullahs and corrupt politicians this country its going to the dogs on a daily basis! Sorry to say a nation that elects a corrupt person to the highest office in the land deserves what it gets!!
    Sorry George personally very embarrassing as i know how my dear countrymen live without fear or persecution in your country and elsewhere in Europe.
    With the poorest people producing the most children and upstarts ruling this country there is little hope for the future! England is a lovely country with beautiful people (apart from the cold) and I’m sure you must have made a genuine effort to live in Pakistan, but in a place where illiteracy and corruption are the order of the day one can understand perfectly well you wanting to leave speciallynow having a son to look after.
    Most educated middle class Pakistanis have shifted out ages ago.
    Take care and”Cheerio old chap”!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:28AM

    so tragic on a personal level for you George but what you have said about pakistan and its society, i couldn’t agree more…… you will be missed George Fulton…:(Recommend

  • Munir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:29AM

    George i studied in UK and i must say that u people have made ur country heaven.
    Its really sad that u going.
    I have tears in my eyes as u leaving :(Recommend

  • Vin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:30AM

    May I say one thing that is very important for Pakistanis and the Islamic world as a whole, if the moderator is broadminded to allow my comments through:

    Religion is like a Car that must have an Engine to run. If the engine is not there even a beautiful body of a Lambourghini is of no use i.e. every other theory or philosophy fails. The ENGINE of religion is DEEP LOVE and COMPASSION for ALL of GODS CREATION. Cause God lives in every atom of this universe. God does not sit in isolation in the sky, HE IS MANIFESTED WITHIN YOU, ME, in the MOUNTAINS and RIVERS, in ANIMALS and EVERY LIVING NON LIVING MATTER…There is a reason why we say GOD is OMNIPRESENT… the miracle of an Atom/electron is itslef GOD Manifestation….slightest hate for ANY ENTITY OF HIS Creation will take you far far far away from his Divinity…..
    The word Kafir itself is Hate towards his Creation… Think… Recommend

  • Tahir Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:35AM

    And one thing more.The hell with those people who are praising or showing that illiterate murdering mullah Qadri any affection.They are a disgrace not only to themselves, but to their country and their religion.Shame on them! Dispicable lot!!!Recommend

  • saleem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:39AM

    Dear George: When people like you leave this unlucky country, this becomes more and more unlucky. Can you think over the decision. At least, promise, that you will be present here emotionally and through your pen! Please. Recommend

  • Humanity
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:43AM

    It is indeed sad to see you leave. You do what you got to do.

    The dark times will end for the unfortunate nation only when they get tired of self-worship.Recommend

  • humaira
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:43AM

    plz dnt go…. dis iz very sad….Recommend

  • Cehyr
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:54AM

    umm…you’ll always be missed as a sweet person George…though Sorry I don’t agree wid most of your views… :-) but yes…I truly wish you a great life wherever you live…Recommend

  • mohammad khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:57AM

    God had given the greatest gift to Pakistanis a Land which on one side had the worlds greatest peeks and on the other side the most beautiful Beaches but due to the blind leadership and corruption in every wing of our state machinery and self-serving attitude of the elite society we have become Banana republic and failed state Our country is facing the greatest danger since its creation and it is in the most vulnerable situation right now. The world has gone in hand of corporate feudalism and the world powers have adopted fascist policies under mask of democracy and cornering the entire word’s wealth in few hand is the ultimate goal and that is the new world order since Muslim courtiers are sitting on these resources how do we get total hegemony on these assets Pakistan and Afghanistan are part of this equation the Baluchistan and Afghanistan are sitting on enormous amount of wealth in untapped resources and since they are unable to attack Pakistan from outside because of our nuclear deterrent then plan b is to disintegrate us from inside. With vision less leaders and corrupt elite society this has become very possible the polarization among the provinces is the evidence of that and the latest statement of PM Gilani about Baluchistan is the proof of that and once the country is broken in 4 parts they can take care of all the warheads. And then attach Baluchistan with Afghanistan so they will have one of the most resource rich area with its own port of Guawader thus have control of warm waters and the straight of Hormez. And there goes our strategic importance. Our real asset is not our location but our human resource and this asset we have turned in to threat against the state by totally neglecting it. just see our children standing around garbage dumps trying to salvage some thing of value and we pass them by in our 20 million rupees cars without blinking an eye I have never seen such a disconnect between the haves and have not’s. we created these extremist organizations to capitalize on this asset of mass of illiterate young people in to mujahedeen to topple soviet union and then utilities them for Kashmir struggle and now these extremist have come back to hunt us. Murder of salman tasseer is example of that. The corporate feudalist lords and the enemies of Pakistan and Islam saw a ripe opportunity to capitalize on this by attaching these extremist ideologies with Islam and Pakistan. And now well organized propaganda by the media has been leashed against Pakistan by associating world terrorism with it all this is being done to shape their own public opinion since this blueprint is designed by worlds so called greatest Democracies and the public opinion matters to them. we need to wake up and repent establish government of the people by the people for the people take away all vip privileges of this corrupt elite society and address grievances of people of every province and start real accountability from the top to recover every written off loan and the looted money and payback our national debt so we can stop taking dictation from the lenders bring the entire income under tax regardless if it is from agriculture or industry provide free education to every child and take the first step towards making a citizen. And develop understanding the like which exists between Spain and France have on Andorra. We need some thing like that on Kashmir with India. And I pray may Allah save our Country. Recommend

  • Majid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:12AM

    So you are leaving just because of Taseer’s murder? Was Taseer and what he was doing were the only reasons for you to stay or love this country?Recommend

  • Hafiz M Sohail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:15AM

    Dear George!!

    It seems like you could not make yourself a real pakistani although you tried alot, since being a pakistani we all hope that there will be a change coming soon in the society. Blasphemy and Salman taseer’s murder case are the result of lake of justice in the country which would be blamed to officials not to individuals who were supporting Salman’s murderer in facebook. I am not sad why you are leaving this country but am sad why did you leave your wife, you couldn’t learn from our society how womens are looked after divorce!! I have great sympathy with her, in the end I wish you good luck and hope to see you back in Pakistan. Recommend

  • mubarak
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:17AM

    I am sad…:-( even i have never seen ur shwo rather ( 3 in or so).But sad to read…Wish u good lucka nd hope to see u back to ur Love…Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:23AM

    Pakistan’s lawyer here, as per the divorce settlement Pakistan would like her green citizenship passport back.
    Hope to hear from you soon, and good luck with your flight back to utopia.

  • amyn
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:34AM

    well , mr george i haven’t seen u a lot unlike other tv followers
    may be once with your wife … u both make a wonderful couple ….. i wish you all the best ..
    and one day … i would love to see you back on pakistani entertainment television
    i hope things will get better … and a lot of pakistani will come back … same for u …

    Proud to be a Pakistani .. (paki).Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:41AM

    Isn’t running from reality and not trying to improve it is anything less than a cowardice?Recommend

  • Deep thoughts
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:50AM

    who knows whats on ur mind and from where u r getting the instructions to leave….May Allah save Pakistan from ……..Recommend

  • Tehmas Saeed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Dear George,

    i am deeply shocked by this news, Your presence was a very encouraging sign for those who were always moaning about Pakistan, you have passed most disastrous years of Pakistani History,when our Ordinary Pakistani was tired of life there, you were right there, though the troublesome era of suicide bombing, you still stuck to our Land. You gave up luxurious life, You did every thing you can do to adopt Pakistani Life style, We ordinary Pakistani did adopted you, given the current Circumstances every single Pakistani blame west for trouble in Pakistan, and given the background, you were doing TV Programme,
    Why you have ignored another side of coin ? We people are also suffering, you have choice to leave and what about ordinary Pakistani, do you not feel you should be here to stand with us, the one who voted for you. Who liked you to part of our community.

    What about me, Who was overjoyed to know couple of days back you are still here, married a Pakistani girl and still in Pakistan and When I feel sad about Pakistan, I always opened youtube and watched the most favourite reality show of my life George Ka Pakistan………..what about me………….

    k Leave us Leave Pak and but your heart cannot leave us, I am here in Your country for my education in Scotland, I know the family values and culture here.. you will never find same life,,, I am 100 percent sure You will come back one Day, Because Faz is Pakistani,,hi wil not be happy without his Dad or he will ask you about his country Pak ? You will not get way with you love Pak…………

    Remember Pakistan love you………………………and it will force you to Come Back………………………….Thanks……………………….. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 4:02AM

    Hi George,

    Its true what you have expressed in your article. I feel the same for myself too, being a Pakistani woman living in UK. My position here is a shadow image of yours in Pakistan. For them you’re no more but a symbol of exotic imperialist legacy. They will be happy as long as you portray yourself socially and politically naive and unable to reflect on. Similarly, they would be happy to enjoy your presence in Pakistan as a representation of their psychological victory over their dark and enslaved past …..a gora, who is dieing to live in Pakistan, is really ego elevating for many Pakistanis. Since, you have started objecting issues like Aasia Biibi/Taseer, like many others amongst us…….you’re no longer welcomed. George, being a woman, I can relate to you, women don’t have worldly identities. It’s imperative in a translocal context to open the inside eye….. by doing that you will find the same situation everywhere. I will suggest you (what I have learnt from my life so far)…….this whole world is yours and mine, try to find peace inside you…..and it will reflect on to the outside world as well. Keep living with honesty wherever you live, be it UK, Pakistan, Libya, New Zealand etc etc. Thats how I found peace…….when you loose the outside identify, you discovers another cosmological identity….I have lost my identity in Pakistan and in UK, 1000 times and regained it 1001 times. Where you open eyes is your world, where you live is your home and where you die is your grave…..(now I understand why Bulleh Shah said “Bulah ke jana main koon”……do you get it too George?)

    Live in peace wherever you go,

  • Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:06AM

    I can relate to George 100% and feel sorry for him, as back in mid 90′s I had a kind of an awakening that made me fall in love with Pakistan and its people and its filth and the ugly city localities besides the picturesque parts up North like never before, prior to this I was counting days to get out of here to my dream of living in the West and I hated just about every aspect of Pakistan, so I cannot even describe what its like when you passionately start loving something you loathed, only have ended up disillusioned and bitter, I felt so much hope for Pakistan back then but I have only see it go from bad to worse since.Recommend

  • yasmin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:26AM

    Please don’t go :(Recommend

  • Omer
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:29AM


    Sad to hear you’re leaving.

    At least Qadri and his supporters will be happy now.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:36AM

    Please don’t go. You are one of us…and we like it that way! its heartbreaking to see you go :(Recommend

  • Saba
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:39AM

    George Pakistan is a strange place. We will rise. We will bring you back. It is just a matter of time.Recommend

  • Mango Juice
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:52AM

    George, I know you mean well. You’re a good guy, and I know that for sure. But I will not tolerate someone just making snide comments about my country and my homeland just to scrounge up a silly rationale for leaving it. But what can I say to you, when I know that this country’s own born and bred have left it for lesser reasons. There is a famous line we love to quote: ‘Don’t ask what this country has given you, but ask what you have given to this country’ and as you leave, I fairly believe that those who abandon Pakistan in her direst time of need have no right to criticize her. Pakistan will one day become the greatest nation of the world and we will achieve that, with or without you. (inshaAllah).Recommend

  • kiran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:11AM

    what a piece of pretentious, arrogant rubbish ! I will eat my hat George, if you manage to get a journalism gig in the UK after all this sub-par writing.

    People didn’t turn on you because you went from being a naive gora to … you didn’t specify what … a savvy one? People turned on you because you went from being a naive gora to an underhanded, pompous one, spurred to pretentiousness by the kind of adulation our society bestows on goras in general. I hope though that you do wise up in the years to come, and I will not be surprise if one day you will look back on this piece and cringe. Recommend

  • AO
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:28AM


    You’re only proving that those who questioned your “Pakistaniat” were actually right. Pakistan needs Pakistanis to save it from its impending disasters. Anyways, at least you tried and I wish you all the best in your next dysfunctional relationship. Recommend

  • Zoheb
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:32AM

    Sad and I can emphasise to a certain extent, but should one give up hope or their love so easily?! I think there are greater powers at play that are trying to drive Pakistan into a failed state – my hope is that they don’t suceed.Recommend

  • Wendy Johnson
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:35AM

    Awesome piece of writing. Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:38AM

    well if u want to leave pakistan leave without spending a second more in it but stop ths drama ,,,, had u been a born pakistani u could never have thought of abandoning it ask us who are born here and will die here ,,,, it is our country our identity no matter hw bad the sit or how worst the conditions are we are pakistanis and shall remain pakistanis for ever but will not leave our people as there is always a ray of hope in every society….. to me u are also one of the international conspiracy who are trying to isolate our beloved country so once again i say if u r that one leave without thinking 4 a moment but dnt start a new drama hereRecommend

  • Mujtaba Haydar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:44AM

    George, I am not surprised. I myself turned cynical, disillusioned and bitter in just a month when I went to that wretched country for the first time five years ago!.Recommend

  • Mubasher
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:03AM

    George, Love is not something you can divorce. If Pakistan is your love then why are leaving your love alone. May be you are a ‘fair-weather friend’.
    However, Good Luck for you and your Love – Pakistan.
    We are humans and if you feel sometime in life, your love will be there to embrace you and will ask nothing Recommend

  • Uzma
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:10AM

    Its quite upsetting to read the article but really is’nt it time that we stand united and reflect upon ourselves rather than say that what this foreigner said is unbaised or absurd rubbish because in our hearts we know what the truth is ………..
    I have recently been away and it made me realise have low have we gone as a nation and all that which has been told to us by our religion is being practised by the so called GORA …… why is it that we have forgotten our values and our morality has been shunned away deep down ??????
    I was currently in the midst of being torn apart between the love for my country and the honest living in an honest country but this article has certainly helped me decide ….. if i dont pull my act together today i will not have anything to fall on tomorrow.
    All said, it is yet the hope and the love for my country that i soon return to make a change may be small but yes a change and it is very necessary because in this challenging conditions every little counts and a small gesture goes a long way … and thats what i plan to do….. You dont have to go far away get the morals nad ethics of your loved ones straight ……Im praticing it so when are you ?????Recommend

  • abdul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:11AM

    George; I only quote here some words from Ghalib poetry for you. ahmikoon ke kamee nahe eek dondo to hazar malty he. you born here and now you are leave your home and create a drama that i m leaving Pakistan, no problem i hope with out u we will feel easy. bye.Recommend

  • Syed Abdi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:17AM

    Please don’t leave us George. Please think of changing your decisionRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 6:42AM

    GoodBye George. Things will get better and I hope you’ll come back. Best, ArslanRecommend

  • qayyumpuri
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:47AM

    I ve seen your progm ‘George ka Pakistan’ and ‘Kiran and George’ on TV. I liked both. I’ve never met you but this news of you’leaving Pakistan is like someone very close to me biding Goodbye…its sad !
    I may not agree fully but I find your article is written with sincerityRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 7:00AM

    The commenters reflect an alarming self-hatred. Such things happen. George’s perspectives remind me of many South African white friends who fled abroad after 1994. The country did not collapse — it has its tribalism, violent crime (much worse stats on that than PK) but is reinventing itself. Pakistan too will reinvent itself and it needs the diaspora who live abroad just as much as those who live there. I visited Lebanon a few years ago and was amazed to see that country’s resilience — fractured by war, religious violence and adversity. Yet, it’s people remain patriotic whether they live in the land or abroad (70% of all Lebanese live outside Lebanon) but have helped to rebuild the country. Good luck George — dont give up on Pakistan so easily. Those of us who live abroad can continue to work on building a better Pakistan as well.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Tell the truth man,Raymond Davis exposed his network,you were part of it!Recommend

  • Rohail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Good for you son. Could you please take me with you? LOLRecommend

  • SomeGuy
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:23AM

    Pakistan may not be a failed state for some – but it is definitely a failed state for non-Muslims, people who believe in equality, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. Recommend

  • Tehmas Saeed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:36AM

    no,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thats was wrong decision…………hope you will come back….. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:40AM

    *Truth is best served when it comes from someone very close, not from the “Enemy”.
    India and Indians have been saying this for ages, and nobody in Pakistan pays heed to it.
    Even the whole world is following India in saying it.

    “But then what do you expect when your military/intelligence nexus — and their jihadi proxies — have used religious bigotry as a tool of both foreign and domestic policy”

    –> This is the root of all evil, isn’t it, in Pakistan. The very people designed to turn on India are hurting Pakistan.Recommend

  • LPJ
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:17AM

    I understand your feelings and thoughts George. Thank you for trying your best. I sincerely hope Pakistan will one day change but I too do not see that day coming soon. Recommend

  • prashanth
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:26AM

    Imran and Musharaf cant save Pakistan. Charisma never saved nations, better bet on Navaz or Zardari – who are more real. Let them slowly cut the military and the mullahs to size.Recommend

  • Arindom
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:41AM

    Hi George,

    I don’t know you, neither have seen your documentaries. I guess you must be very good at your job – TV documentaries going by the appreciation you got and the honour that Pakistan has given you.

    However, you were foolish if you started believing the romantic-slice-of-life documentaries you made to be the real thing!!! I think this was a case of you starting to believe your own make-believe documentaries – a case of delusion. Pakistan surely has all the natural beauty and the picture-perfect human portraits you painted.

    But unfortunately you didnot see the reality – since the 80s Pakistan had been embarking on a journey of extremism and terror. This is nothing new. It’s just the the crows have come home to roost…..

    It was just a matter of time before Pakistan started reaping what it sowed all through the 80s and 90s….. Really sorry that you didnot see the truth and stop from marrying until it was too late and you had to undergo a messy divorce!!!

    Best of Luck in your future endeavors!! Recommend

  • Rob Kevin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:43AM

    So Mr. George is it becoz of the crack down on foreigners ??? recently some of the foreigners are detained by law enforcement agencies.Recommend

  • Sikander Fayyaz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:44AM

    I absolutely respect and support your decision and completely agree with the reasons that made you take the decision. That is actually what we all feel too and many of us are abandoning Pakistan in this dark hour, with an exception of Mohsin Hamid I guess.

    But I can’t leave Pakistan, despite all its ills. Neither can I loose hope, for hope is all I have. Best of luck.Recommend

  • binwakeel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Typical British colonialese! Lap it up while the going is good. Bolt at the first discomfort. One question, though: Why peg it on Salman Taseer’s murder? Recommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:53AM

    Like East India company, he came–we trusted him and now he leavesRecommend

  • Omar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Thanks for writing this George, and you are always welcome back. Hopefully things will improve soon enough for you to feel that way. Salaam and God bless you.Recommend

  • Bina
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:07AM

    I don’t believing in abandoning when the going gets tough. Change only comes when everyone who loves Pakistan sticks around and works together to make a difference. George you might feel this way, but as a farewell article it’s not touched me. It’s typical of those who decide to leave.

    After all your great deeds for Pakistan I expected better thoughts as parting words. We who remain here by choice and love for Pakistan despite all the problems, hope to see you back here again. Recommend

  • Me
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:08AM

    With mixed emotions, I absolutely agree with you. I lived in Pakistan for 4 years, trying to find my place, but was always set back by circumstances beyond my control. I still have family there and want to visit, but everytime we think about visiting, we hear about a new bomb exploding near in our beloved town. I think I’ve made peace with my love-hate relationship with Pakistan also. The bitterness has gone now, and I’m happy with the bitter sweet memories of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kabir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:13AM

    When your country needed you the most you chose to run! Recommend

  • Madeeha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:21AM

    Pakistan is not a “Failed State” and not everyone wants to leave.We will rise again and our love for Pakistan is not conditional Mr George.We are Pakistanis and we will remain seem have ditched her when she(Pakistan) needed you the most.Maybe she is better off without you.Bon VoyageRecommend

  • F.K
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Its almost as if you are trying to justify your departutre to your
    own self, think you feel guilty? well then I don’t think you can stay away for too Kong
    good luck man!!Recommend

  • XX
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Good riddance. Anyone who would criticize Kayani for wanting to replace Zardari with someone else has to either be grossly uninformed of realities, or some sort of anti-Pakistani wisher / conspirator.Recommend

  • Shahid Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Dear George,

    To be very honest, I never watched that program which made you famous and didn’t even noticed you before one of my friends shared this article on Facebook.

    I read it all and was really surprised the way you are giving up on this country where instead of being a GORA, people loved and supported you. Will you ever give up on your spoiled child?? Never as you will always try hard to make him/her a better person in the society. Why this country then?? Can you just leave the people here who gave you so much love?? No one is perfect, neither me nor you not this country. We have to strive hard to make it perfect. Your article will definitely effect our young generation that looked up to you as a HERO. In-fact I got a feeling that you never accepted Pakistan as a part of your life and you are just looking for some negative points to prove yourself. Will you ever give up your birth land like this?? Never even if there is a war going there.

    So please if you want to leave just leave, don’t write stuff like that in the end. Its really hurting. I don’t know about you but I feel pain as one of my body parts got damaged.

    I need your comments on that!!!! Be a man and face the reality.


    Shahid Iqbal Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:41AM

    It was a sad read.For he is a wonderful human being.Hope he comes back or even better, doesn’t leave. Hope [should] stay!

    But still I disagree that there is a thin silver foil between Pakistan and its becoming of failed state. Pakistan will prevail IA. It did so many times earlier as well…….it will not fail. never. IA.Recommend

  • Saima Matloob
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:42AM

    Dear Readers,
    It surprises me to observe what an escapist man is by nature, always seeking the easy way out, blaming everything around him for all his shortcomings. Just like many of us who think it is easier to run than fight, there are those who think it is better to kill than forgive.
    Amongst such people, i find myself lost for i neither want to run away nor do i want to kill. But it is time we start owning up our mistakes. The corrupt leaders are elected and re-elected by us. The ‘Mualvi Saab’ (many of them now in the Diesel Mualvi race) talks rubbish in the Masajids, regarding politics, religion and social life and we not only allow it to happen but also listen to it intently. No political party tells people to spit or urinate on the roadsides. We, have to change ourselves first and the country will become better automatically.
    I would request Mr.George, to kindly go back to his country and ask his government, or at least himself if all the aid and support provided by the West was actually meant for the betterment of Pakistan or to cut its very roots. Why were ‘jihadi’ groups and military funded so strongly whereas education, industrialization and civic amenities were so blatantly ignored? What actually happens under the cover of foreign NGOs? How many weapons of mass destruction are actually smuggled and sharpshooters sent in countries on target?
    I’m sure Mr. George you don’t have the answer to any one of these questions just like i can’t give you a reason for all the mental illiteracy and greed in my country.
    May Allah protect and bless us all.
    A voice that may be overheard.

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:42AM

    Khuda Hafiz George. Hope to see you back soon in a prosperous Pakistan inshAllah.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Take care and Bye Bye.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:44AM

    your message is well received,now we again make a pledge to this land of ours and the PEOPLE to strive and struggle to protect their and our future.we are not that disappointed.Recommend

  • Maria Mashkoor
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:47AM

    When the child is ill, mother doesn’t run away. So when mother is ill, should the child? Pakistan is our motherland and I stand by it, inshAllah and i will do whatever i can do by the will of God.

    George, it was a pleasure having you, Allah bless you and your family. Recommend

  • rao
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:51AM

    we love u george. plz dont go. plzzRecommend

  • feroze
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Oh my god, what is wrong with all of you? Who cares if George is leaving? What about all the Pakistani’s that have actually contributed something to Pakistan and have left? Who is this guy anyway? Just because he is a gora and had a show we are all bending over backwards lamenting that he’s leaving………Phuleez give me a break and get over it. Good riddance to bad rubbish!!Recommend

  • Harris
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:53AM

    You had the option to leave and you left, making an excuse that you have been disappointed by the country and its people. Actually you never wanted to stay here for long. The love people of pakistan gave you and made you part of the family can not be overlooked, so you decided to blame the law and order of the country as the reason for you to quit. We are proud to be pakistani and don’t require any outsiders’ rating of our lovely home. Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:58AM

    Well written article & spot on!

    I feel ashamed to be called a Pakistani. I came back to Pakistan, during the early 2000, saw great potential, which has all gone now and thanks to the fraternity the writer belongs to.

    The blame for what we have become today lies on the door step of the media, especially the news media & journalists (of low intellect & high bias) like Hamid Mir, Kamran Khan, Talat, Ansar Abbassi & some old Zia’s era columnists belonging to the jang group.

    Mir Shakeel, his son & to alot of extent the Business Recorder/Aaj’s Wamiq Zuberi are the real culprits. These people gave mediocre journalists space & tools to promote their own agenda, be it the lawyer’s movement, Nawas Sharif lies, extremists version of Islam, Lal Masjid etc just to oust Musharraf & his government (better than the present & future one).

    These people have destroyed Pakistan’s reputation & our children future.

    All Hail Media!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Adeel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:03AM

    this sums up the musharraf and post musharraf times in Pakistan….tc george!Recommend

  • Talha`
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:04AM

    I can totally relate with what you have to say George. Like you I also have the luxury – at least for the time being – of leaving when I please. Like you I returned to this land with high hopes, to sow the seeds of change, tolerance and love. I too have been appalled following incident upon incident of what I can only describe as pathetic pig-headed savagery. Salman Taseer’s murder was the culmination of this trend, yet I fear it may only be the beginning.

    Over time, Pakistan has changed me as well- trying to make me materialistic, value-free (pun intended), hollow, insensitive. So far, every time I feel myself falling into that pit, I have been able to arrest my fall. Mostly by reengaging with my friends abroad and some wonderful people here as well, just to make sure that my own bearings weren’t deluded. Like you perhaps, I too have been subject to threats. It makes you ponder, it does scare you, but it does strengthen ones resolve.

    So far, I have managed to remain upbeat. We are almost scratching the bottom of the pot, but we haven’t quite scraped through to the burning fire underneath. There is still hope- albeit limited. I appreciate your honesty, but what I feel disappointed about is the lack of solution from your end. There are multiple ways we can mend this nation. Plenty of ideas, some perhaps more poignant that others. What would your plan of action be? Or have you not reached that far in your thought process as yet?Recommend

  • M
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:04AM

    God only helps those who want to help themselves…. no matter how hard anyone tries, it wont happen till all of us realize the seriousness of the situation and are convinced that we are the ones who can make the difference.

    Thanks George for making a difference. You turned out to be so much stronger than so many of us. Pakistan will miss you.Recommend

  • Taz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Good riddance, bye byeRecommend

  • Adeel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:12AM

    *ONE BIG SIGH*Recommend

  • Naila Haris
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Its sad to hear that you are leaving as we never considered you a GORA you were more like part of us…God bless you n keep in touch!Recommend

  • Masood Abassi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Sad reading this. George became a Pakistani but our closed minds just did not accept him. He is right. While he played the naive gora, we loved him, but after getting his green passport, we didn’t want him to have the right to comment on our society and politics.

    George is going. But I feel Pakistanis born here like Pervez Hoodbouy, Nadeem F. Paracha, Fasi Zaka and all those having the guts to stand up to hatred and irrationality are next.Recommend

  • skhurram
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:26AM

    Thank you George for all things you did for Pakistan. You changed the perception about Pakistan. We really miss you and I am sure you will back.
    George you know what you did for us. We got inspiration from you, if you want to do good for Pakistan than why not us.
    George we really miss you. Wish you all the best and Good luck


  • Hammad Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Giving up on something is easy, but keeping hope alive and fighting for a better tomorrow requires character. Pakistan is facing a lot of problems today, but it’s a young country. US was in a civil war after 60 years of its independence. Did Lincoln give up on it? As Quaid said, this is one of the greatest nations in the world; we are getting there. Even though the journey seems daunting now, but only those who stand up for it now deserve to be a part of it. Countries require sacrifices, and incidents like a murder or terrorist attack should not deter a country’s ambitions.

    Don’t forget, embracing a country means embracing both its positives and negatives. I am positive that Pakistani people showed you a lot of love, and this country gave so much to you, but I don’t think that you are leaving this country out of hopelessness. You are leaving it for yourself. And that’s understandable. But don’t pretend to be a patriotic who has been repeatedly let down by the country. You were given the status of citizenship of Pakistan. It should be a privilege for you, and being a Pakistani, you share the same responsibility as the rest of us, to play your role in building this country. You spent your what, 8 years of your life here and are acting like you spent a lifetime here serving this nation. I am not against your decision to move abroad. I don’t care about that. But don’t pretend to justify your reasons for leaving. It seems that your reasons are purely personal, but you are acting like a battered veteran who gave everything for this country. So Please, when you talk about embracing a country, try to truly embrace the country and not spit on the love shown by people, by using false patriotic reasons for abandoning the country. Recommend

  • AH
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:37AM

    Nothing lasts forever, and we both know hearts can change.Recommend

  • sohaib abbasi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Dear George,
    I am not sure if you will get a chance to read this.
    I’ve just posted your apparently last article on my ‘Facebook’ profile with the caption, ‘do we still have a chance?’.
    I know my friends and family will vehemently claim that yes we do. But I think otherwise.
    I believe you’ve played your cards well… (in a good sense)
    Considering the kind of influence you have on your Pakistani fans, living in Pakistan or abroad (including me), your sudden departure will leave a huge adverse impact. I find myself completely justified in saying that ‘this is it!’.
    It’s time we realized that things and matters have worsened to the fullest.
    I wish you and Kirran all the best in life.
    The only way you can reciprocate the love and affection you have received in these nine years is by considering only Liberal Pakistanis as True Pakistanis.
    Keep smiling and I assure you that you will be missed just as we miss the forsaken true spirit of Pakistan and the Pakistanis.

    Best Regards,
    Sohaib AbbasiRecommend

  • Hammad Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:39AM

    One more thing, I don’t know what your qualifications are, but your analysis of the state of Pakistan aligns with the western media. Try to come up with something original. Don’t be so quick to pass judgments about a country which you are abandoning. Salman Taseer’s death is not the death of liberal Pakistan, but it is THE sacrifice which has given birth to the Liberal Pakistan. So keep your judgments to yourself please.Recommend

  • Azaadi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:43AM

    I don’t think that abandoning the ship when the going gets tough is the correct approach. Only by sticking through the hard times can change come. This approach to praise Pakistan and then berate it when you see the bad side of it it typical and leads no where.

    Good that you enjoyed Pakistan while here, bad that you have also joined the ranks of those who take the most negative approach. If people want to leave, that’s fine, but please don’t blame Pakistan for it. We are a young nation trying to find it’s feet and in this process many hard things have to be endured. Those who choose not to go through this do not have a right to criticize Pakistan, because it never was perfect to begin with.

    And others who also have moved away should remember that those nations you now live in were also at one point going through tough times and the people who are true citizens of those nations brought the change that makes you prefer life there.Recommend

  • Amna
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:43AM

    let me tell you George, people of Pakistan are really frustated now, they have celebrated the governer’s murder not because the murderer was right but because they are now fed up with these politians. As far as “extremist cancer” is concerned, there can be a debate, why it is prevailing in pakistan and reasons are known like

    1) people are not really educated
    2) the assult of west on muslims.
    anyway, best of luck and thanks that you tried to become a part of us. but thats really sad u r leaving us now, we really have less people who are as honest as you, now we will have one less of them, Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Growing up in Amritsar, watching PTV for decades, I was madly in love with Pakistan. I learned to read and write Urdu just by watching PTV. I even named my sons after the heroes of Pakistan. Then I came to Canada. I met Pakistanis. Pakistanis here in Canada are the most crooked and least trustworthy immigrants. They way they cheat here in Canada is second to none. A country I wanted to visit so madly is not on my priority list. Now this article has reinforced my believe about Pakistanis.Recommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:50AM

    it sad that ur leaving,i agree wat u said,but become hopeless, is a sign of undetermined person.we also feel disappointment on killing of punjaqb governer,but let me remind you ,sir,that SCOTTISH AND *ENGLISH FOUGHT FOR *400 YEARS TO GAIN PEACE AND SENSE OF** MATURITY.AFTER 200 YEARS OF INTERNAL CONFLICT AND CIVIL WAR USA REACHED TO TODAY LEVEL.

  • Shah Rukh Kahn
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Georgie Porgie, Bheja fry
    Kissed the Pakistanis and made them cry,
    When the Talibs came out to play
    Georgie Porgie ran away…Recommend

  • Amir Altaf
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:00AM

    He was a totally unknown entity before he came to Pakistan. It was here he got his real break in life and became a famous personality. The situation was not much different in Pakistan when he wrote the below mentioned article in April ’10. It seems that he was really content at that point in time. So what really happened in the next 9 months, which made him change his thoughts about Pakistan? Maybe it’s just a case of broken relationship or broken promises J

  • saleem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Thank you George for leaving Pakistan. If it is possible for you to take along all the americans with you, please do so.Recommend

  • HM
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:08AM

    No wonder ! Because many of the Pakistaniz with strong roots over here (no matter for education, job, children future, security, money, law & order etc) have been deciding or leaving Pakistan. Its nothing wrong with the company (Pak) but with the management (govt.), and sensibles won’t let the management to take over their personal lives. They don’t have any control over choosing their representatives or kicking the corrupts one out. Since extremism comes under the scope of a crime actually, where as law (& order) is failed in Pakistan due to govt.’s own ineligibility, people of Paksitan are deciding their own fate by themselves, which is their right ! George is just exhibiting the whole mechanism because his hopes are turned down into despair like many of us. This is every human’s fundamental right to lead the life in prosperity and peace.
    People who are here either not getting the chance/opportunity to get settled somewhere else or are not awake yet, or probably have got immune to the daily life dangers and risks !
    This is the bitter truth, whether accept it or not. Recommend

  • Jamil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Good riddance. Sorry to say but George you are a coward. Those who voted for you are insulted and that is the way the cookie crumble. I am strongly of the view that you were always planning to leave.Recommend

  • Umair Qureshi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Thats really sad.. :( i remember when me and my family used to watch George Ka Pakistan.. and from then we never thought of George ka Khuda Hafiz =/Recommend

  • muneeza
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Here comes the saddest part. This article will have no impact on those trained to think otherwise. Blinded fools !Recommend

  • Babs
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Wait up! Im comming with you!Recommend

  • Dr. Samia Babar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:30AM

    George, Thank you for adopting Pakistan. It is a great feeling when some ‘gora’ actually wants to come and live here when our own are running away.
    Unfortunately we gave you the ‘step’ treatment and never let you settle, for which I apologise. All the best to you and your family as you move. Hope you will not throw out the right to visit us sometime.Recommend

  • syed Yousaf
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Its really a sad ending for a relationship which started with romance for a land and its people in unadultrated sincerity.
    Today,while George leaves this country for good, all I can say is “Look George we all are also suffering,were you then so chicken hearted that you never waited for the silver lining across the horizon to dawn upon the hopefuls with a better tomorrow”
    Goodbye George, but remember you always will have a place in our hearts.Recommend

  • boom_boom
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:39AM

    I am surprised you stayed there for that long. I spent most of my life there and left around about when George ka Pakistan was going live. I don’t think I will be back soon. But I will be back, just like so many others that are disillusioned about the fact that things will get better. I can relate to your feelings as I live in foreign and probably the best country on the planet yet we are still made to feel that we don’t belong and not superficially but its pretty darn deep rooted in these societies. Pakistan is only a baby as compared to these grownup countries and with all the poverty and illiteracy surrounding the common man, really, what do you expect? Thank you for being our guest. It was a pleasure having you with us and I sure hope to see you back. There is a light at the end of zardari’s tunnel. Recommend

  • Abdullah Jawed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:40AM

    *strong text* We do understand what you meant about Pakistan but what was the nature of this country is and it is. As a Pakistani and also your host of the country , we do all feel ashamed what has been happened to you and what you feel, . If I were you , I would be stating same opinion about you.
    So what I can state to you is that I wish you the best of your future life and May God let not let this happen to you when you were in Pakistan. And we all love your program and documentary in Geo. You were like a Guest in our house, we always get pleased, and If you ever think about coming back to Pakistan again, you are most welcome ,
    We all wish you the best.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:43AM

    To each his own George i can understand why you are leaving but i cant condone it, you have stuck it out more than others for that i thank you but the fight goes on Pakistan is not just a country for people like me, its now an obsession and one that will not waver till we rid Pakistan of its ills and truly declare freedom in this land of ours!!!!!!

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Rubya
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Dear George ,
    Remember us as a brave nation,we Pakistanis are facing everything just because this is our country. You could never bear all these hardships you have never seen in your life.
    So, it was an experience in your life whether good or bad.
    Anyway, we will always love Pakistan our homeland whatever happens,

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Goodbye, if you have left Pakistan, but your pedantic and amplified words may never be detached from us. Recommend

  • Rashed Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:45AM

    I was about to plead you to stop but the news of Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder has just popped up. You can proceed now.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:52AM

    there is always ups and downs, you have your part played and it was in your fortune, blaming and gaming are most of the time in human mind, when good its always remembered and chanted when ,get through bad always repented, good bad are part of life, and you have done so many good things to pakistan and you are always part of pakistan by your good work, expereince carries different moods in life,even in our birth places we could have similar stories,how ever we wish you Good luck! and welcome you as other pakistani do!Recommend

  • Rubya
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Dear George
    Remember us as a brave nation.We Pakistanis are tolerating everything because this is our country. You could never bear these hardships which you have never ever seen in your life.
    So, it was an experience for you whether good or bad.
    Anyway, we will always love Pakistan , this is our homeland.

  • Hafeez
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Best of luck George. We will consider you an expatriate Pakistani. You may leave us but we wont. No point, though, in being hopeless; who could have imagined a month or so ago about the change in Egypt, Tunis and Libya. We will rise from ashes. Anyways, best of luck again.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Good riddance, now waiting for Fasi Zaka to go to USSR[if it still exists].Recommend

  • Adnan Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Hey George!

    You might be right, but this is the way it has been for many many years. We have been a victim since the very beginning, sometimes of others and sometimes of our own people. There is not much we can do to change it. May be we will see better days, but I don’t know what cost it will take.
    Good Luck !!Recommend

  • Roshan Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:02PM

    George, Your article comes at a time when the sad news of Mr.Shahbaz Bhatti’s brutal assassination pours in. Even as a 23 year old, I have come to feel that this is not the Pakistan we remember growing up in. Bhatti’s assassination, just like the recent events that you have narrated in your article, reflect the extremism that has come to increasingly plague our society.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:05PM

    George’s departure, indeed a very sad event, but to me George’s very own countrymen were also equally responsible for George’s bye bye or TA TA. We Pakistanis are still very tolerant and open minded nation, which despite of all your countrymen conceal and open conspiracies still exists on world map, we will remain INSHALLAH. Recommend

  • Olga
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Thank you very much for this article, it expresses real feelings of many of us who is also married with Pakistan…Recommend

  • Talha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:10PM

    George, the only un-Pakistani thing you’ve ever done is while taking this decision. You might’ve learnt a lot about Pakistan over the last few years but did you fail to realize that not giving up is what defines this nation? You were here for the earthquake, red mosque, terrorist attacks, floods and you failed to the recognize the defining aspect of the nation you tried so hard to be a part off.

    In the end, it is not that other’s started thinking of you as a less Pakistani, its your own decision, your hopelessness that made you a lesser Pakistani.

    As you leave, have a few words from me. We loved you a lot, and will still love you. Taseer and you are not the only liberals left in Pakistan. We have been fighting extremists since years and our fight will not be hampered after you.

    You have a right to look for a better life for yourself and your family. But as a Pakistani, for me and for all my friends, Pakistani comes first. Sab se pehle Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Why are you leaving? Are you an CIA operative too? Just joking. I know you would leave just the timing is wrong.Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:21PM

    If the ruthless enslaving of blacks for centuries could not make USA a failure, if the colonization and brutal slaughtering of millions of people across the globe could not make the “Great Britan” a failure, if the fascism of Italy and the Nazim of Germany did not “fail” these nations, why should the acts of the Qadris make Pakistan a failure.

    This is an orchestrated stab in the back of Pakistan. Shame!! Recommend

  • sibtain
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:23PM

    God….grow up Mahin…..its this factor of disillusioned, we are superior, destructive ideology which has pushed George to leave. IRecommend

  • Nazia Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Dear readers! Think over some points and trace the reason behind George’s article::
    (1) A friend in need is a friend indeed.You loved Pakistan when you were enjoying here but now when it is put in troubles by your america then you started leaving.
    Country is like family which is never left in crucial condition but stand by with it.
    (2) You clearly mentioned the involved hands in destabilizing the country but forgot the DAWN playing chess in the whole world, America.
    (3) Yes ! you mentioned in detail Salman Taseer although it is our religious and internal issue but forgot a wicked man,Mr Rymond Devis who killed my three brothers in day light.
    (4) Why did you suddenly decide to quit although now the country is very better than last few years.I think our bravo ISI has told you That Mr Agent Sb stop further dramabazi and quit otherwise Jail.
    (5) Mr George! And if you all red people left this country then you will see peace and greenery over each one face after your departure.
    And again never use “failed state” terminology for my this beautiful country.My sweet country is the nation of brave , hard working , honest , loving and caring people.Inshallah very soon our corrupt leaders will be washed out and we will enjoy here BUT we will never leave this country like you till the last breath whatever the situation here because we are not selfish.**Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    sometimes parting ways is good you start to value things which you took for granted.
    i am sure you would come back and we would miss you till then.Recommend

  • SFH
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    A few days back i saw a news in which some paki students were investigated by us agencies they picked them up from their school humiliated them in front of everyone out there and after the investigation when they could not find them guilty they kicked them back to pakistan due to potential threat so something i saw it on BBC all they were saying while sobbing that WHY have they done this to us they ruined our careers.I am a student i can imagine how dishearten they will be right now.Thousands of paki still live in US with peace but a hundred cases are there where innocent people have paid a lot. You are a innocent man we all love you and we are sad that you are leaving but in every country you will go you will see injustice being done to people.
    As far as educated people supporting taseers murder is concerned i dont think so i have seen almost 90% of educated literate people have opposed it and so do i.Islam is all about peace, unfortunately it is used as a tool by extremist.
    P.s Just because your friends supported it doesnt mean we do you should make more sensible friends here in pakistan!
    I love Pakistan & will always love pakistan but i hate and opposed tyrant people , extremist and injustice and my love is for all human beings not for only muslims.Recommend

  • Farooq Qazi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Looking forward to get my country free of these manipulators and conspirators. Hiding in the corridors of Media and in the likes of Rehman Malik and all.

    Good decision George… A timely one…. Recommend

  • mian jalal manzar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    i was extremely saddened to come across this………… surely did put what i and few others feel into words with the intencity that explaining the suicidal state of this country deserves, thankyou for doing so…………….you will be missed and this day shall be grieved immencely….much loveRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:29PM

    by the way i has come as shocker to me, never thought of you anything other than pakistani. Recommend

  • Haris Masood Zuberi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:31PM

    I’m speechless George…
    and scarred…all that you say is as true as can be…
    My day today begins in sadness…for your words and your decision have suddenly pulled me out of the slumber (or is it shell-shock?) and I have been reminded once gain this morning all that which my mind has tried to block out and look away from pretending it isn’t there…reminding me how grim our Pakistani existence truly has become…

    One moment I call you a quitter…the other I call you a hero for stepping into ground zero of global menace and embracing it as your own…the other moment I admire your decision imagining it to be triggered by that protective instinct of a loving family man concerned about the future and upright upkeep and upbringing of his family and children…the next moment I loathe you and all those who are fortunate enough to have a choice and make an exit…and the next moment I regret not having caught up with you recently at the KLF to lament our mutual loss in such dereliction of our Pakistan…while I was busy interviewing some authors…

    I wish you love, happiness and success my friend…you have been a good fellow countryman…speaking up and standing tall for matters that really matter….not a feat well accomplished by many native Pakistanis…may you prosper in that great island nation that taught us and left us whatever we have in the name of infrastructure existing in the past 7 decades…

    As our ship sinks and we who have no access to lifeboats, all we ask is prayers…pray for our safety as individuals, families, human beings…and then as a nation and Pakistan.
    And if at any juncture, whenever, wherever, please remember that the average Pakistani embraced you with a pure heart…so in the years to come always keep your arms wide open to embrace a pure Pakistan and make sure you offer your best to rescue individuals in need of help in any way…moral, emotional, spiritual, or a lift in to a lifeboat…

    For you at this moment, and for other readers, I’d like to share a very special video highly relevant to our despairing mind-frame today:

    Pakistan – ‘Hope, Courage & Confidence’ – Part 1

    Pakistan – ‘Hope, Courage & Confidence’ – Part 2

    As it’s often said, “Pakistan se zinda bhaag!” before ‘Pakistan Zindabad’!Recommend

  • Fawzia Zehra Kara-Isitt
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Errr, hey George, AOA and Hi, you were embraced like ONE OTHER gora POST 9/11, in fact immediately after 9/11, by Pakistan as well. My gora Mark lived there for about 3 years, pre and post 9/11, lived the difference. We met there too, married there too, in post 9/11, Dec 2002, very warmly too in PC grounds with about 400 guests. If youre in UK, do look us up, it would be fun to share stories, i know we are related by Khoja circle, you and/or your lovely other half, can add me on FB and my details are there. Welcome to English Memsaheb now? Or somewhere else?…ps We arent political.Recommend

  • Feikka
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Hi, probably truly is right off problem while in either case, i have already been looking at at your blog post too seems to highly usually neat.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Today’s assassination makes this article very relevant. It is indeed a sad state of affairs.Recommend

  • Kamran Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:37PM

    As I try to hear George through this article, I feel that things and experiences that happened to him recently or cumulatively are much deeper than what he has written. I can feel the agony that he is going through in the entire length of his article.

    Coming from a country with better prospects, staying back could have been an easy choice, or even leaving the current country silently would have been equally a viable option, but what George tried doing at his best was to try the country which is largely alienated in community of the world, he tried its people and its system. It’s like a relationship of a person who has adopted a mother, yet he does not feel completely owned like a son or he is just afraid of his other siblings who are dangerous, unforgiving and might take away his human right of slightest complacency at the expense of his space. In that he did try his best to bring out the best of our country’s image. And it’s really unfortunate that when he and people like himself (regardless of color of skin or nationality) leave our country. I can understand that one can move out from the country to find wider prospects, but leaving the country based on loss of hope is a serious matter for which every sensitive Pakistani citizen must introspect.

    There are many other wonderful souls that are leaving Pakistan, and they are leaving rather silently yet George had the decency to point out where we are going wrong, and why is he leaving, in other words he tried doing his bit of favor as it was not a prolong stay or a tour, it was evidently a ‘relationship’ with mind, body, heart and spirit involved. I think other people who are leaving Pakistan due to the same reasons should pen their experiences to prickle the consciousness of this country’s decision makers if not the readers like us.

    Though this is just Part-1 of the article, I would like to read Part-2 as well so that I can have a well rounded view of what George is trying to say. However, I feel that there’s a fine line between critical introspection leading to improvement versus analysis leading to abject hopelessness and George article blurred that fine line somewhere to quite an extent, though it may be due to natural emotional element attached with it empathically showing the depth of problem at one side but it inadvertently clouded the other side of the picture. This article, though very necessary and important and must be shared widely, but it does give a dent to hope of many who has chosen to stay in this country. I believe there are other side to the people of Pakistan which George and many wonderful people like him either failed to notice or their hopelessness somehow overshadowed their reasonably cautious optimism.

    Let’s not forget this country has given George the love of his life and a legacy to live by, and with this, this country has already done its job. It’s easy to love a country and its people when they are loveable. But somebody tell Mr. George and the likes that true love is when you love the country when she is not lovable. It’s when you refuse to quit her even if you have thousand strong reasons to do so because sometimes just showing up and staying put is what is all necessary to keep the hopes alive. If one person with hope is gone, then other people with hope might follow the suit, and all the unique set of contributions would be wasted. Murder of hope can be rationalized as martyrdom, but what name shall we give to departure of hope?Recommend

  • Shoaib Mir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Despite not being a ‘gora’, I cannot agree more with your analysis, George.

    I feel both ashamed and helpless that you have to leave because of the reasons that you have stated. However, let me add that you would be leaving a country that has only itself to blame for all its present predicaments. Pakistan has gradually been hijacked by forces of religious bigotry, cultural militancy and political righteousness – all bordering on intrigue that clearly points in only one direction, the Deep State and its henchmen.

    A country that has shamelessly abandoned Jinnah’s Pakistan, Bhutto’s Pakistan – a democratic and secular Pakistan, cannot be expected to rally behind “George ka Pakistan!”Recommend

  • Syed Hussain Abbas Zaidi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:39PM


    Dear George

    This is reply to your letter from my mother land “Pakistan”. She herself is not in a position to write to you. I am acting as a messenger.

    I apologize on behalf of my motherland. She herself tried to provide a cozy shelter, a place to breathe and a site to nurture your feelings and enhance your own self.

    I talked to her and the reply was devastating for me. She said that now it is better for you to leave her, to leave what was once yours. She broke into tears while talking about you. You are one of her favorites. She never imagined that a time would come when you both have to say good bye to each other.

    Her memories are intact and she remembers when you first came to her asking for her shelter and support, she said that she knew that there was no mundane strings attached to your solicitation, only unadulterated love, and she offered what she could. She still remembers the time when you were flourishing and having the time of your life with her. She was happy because you were in love with her and she was with you.

    There were other relationships important for her but there was a mutual understanding among them , which is extinct now, and moreover others respected you and gave you space, which was gratifying for her. Most importantly, she was content as you were satisfied. George, she requested me not to tell you, but I am breaking the covenant of privacy as for me you are closer to her then me, that she believes that you spent the best of your moments with her. She requested me not to tell you because she does not want to be hurt if you reply in negative.

    She is now occupied with problems of enormous magnitude. She herself is torn and tired. She wants to ask you not to leave but she herself is not in a situation to say because she thinks that it is better for you leave her as her lap is now filled with thorns rather than flowers to present. .

    The last thing she said for you with tears in her eyes was “ Tell my darling to stay happy wherever he goes, ask him to remember me and come back when he gets time, he will find me waiting”.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:42PM

    George, you will come back. Pakistan is an addiction, I’m sure you will come back and I’m sure we will welcome you again. Recommend

  • Point of View
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:42PM

    Dear George,

    Bon voyage. Don’t know much about your presence in Pakistan but this article strikes a chord and fills me up with melancholy. I have had the opportunity (or shall I say good fortune) to move abroad, my heart is still in Pakistan with my family and friends who are suffering. I do not miss present day Pakistan, only the remnant of the bygone days which will never come back. Those who have hope and faith in our Country, I pray earnestly that they prove my pessimistic mindset wrong.

    Those who claim to say that they would “NEVER” leave Pakistan and fight till they go down are the ones who will run first with their tail between their legs given the opportunity, so please get off your high flying horses and stop criticizing people who actually are thinking of a better future for themselves and their families. Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:42PM

    I have tears in my eyes reading this. .
    I feel embarrassed, ashamed and any word that describes this feeling. You’ll live in my heart and hearts of all those Pakistanis who still have some sanity left in them. I loved you!!! We loved you like our own!!! and will always do so!!!
    May God bless you and have some mercy upon us! Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:44PM

    Saddening. Who else is left now, who knew this much about her?
    I assume not many.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:44PM

    Good bye George,

    It was a very good time with you here.
    After all, it is our country, our love and our life. You are always welcome back.
    To, “It was made for me,” I would say that in my view, it was not the decision that pushed you, it was just the limit till which you could bear us and our attitude.

    I wish you would have stayed and lived more with us.Recommend

  • Point of View
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:47PM

    And to hit another nail in the coffin “Shahba­z Bhatti assisinated”.

    Glad you’re leaving this hell-hole George.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Dear George,

    Many thanks for the decision.
    We have enough Raymonds and Ervins here wandering here and operating whatever they want and are accomplishing their missions.
    This is one of an unfortunate country on the earth where every Gora can land and can get VIP treatment and a citizenship as well ,in a strange and funny manner by Shokat Aziz like persons. Would that be allowed in Your UK….or even in Somalia ??
    Now when you have decided to return, please go back and tell your society to learn humanity.You know very well how your Tony Blair was involved in attacking and killing innocent peoples in Baghdad even after the reports of UN Weapon Inspector Hans Blix that there were no WMD !! Instead of crying for us, Please teach some liberalism, humanity friendship and manners to your government and society.Recommend

  • Asif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:54PM

    Maybe he was a US spy living happily here until the Raymond Davis and is now running for his life and blaming it all on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ronin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:56PM

    1 word: PRACTICAL. I can probably understand in a small way what you are going through because I had to take this decision after spending the first 25 years of my life there. It’s not a question of loyalty to the land now; the land is always previous with memories to cherish. It is the people that are getting more obnoxious as the years pass by. They shout for a change but vote the same into power, they act as moderates but go through the blogs and forums all they want is to annihilate any who go against their principles. Where is the concept of a ‘free state’? Like you aptly put “love was conditional. Conditional upon me playing the role cast — the naïve gora”.

    In England the Pakistanis sometimes get away with insulting the British forces in front of their families and children; can you do vice versa in Pakistan? (and I completely abhor the scum who do that in the country they live in) Heck you can’t even ask for justice for a woman who probably doesn’t even have enough evidence to get convicted.

    Probably Maulana Azad was right in advising Mr.Jinnah not to go ahead with the partition on the basis of religion but rather stick to a United India; his argument being that the people of the eastern lands have no loyalty to anyone. And when I see the subtle signs in the passing history starting with the murder of the Quaid and Liaqat Ali Khan, I can’t help but think that maybe it’s not a question of optimism or nationalism; it’s a matter of survival. For the future and safety of my children I better leave before it’s too late.

    Maybe staying afar I can still help in some way but if I stay there there would be no I hence no help, however little.

    My best wishes to you and your family. YOU DID THE RIGHT THING IN THESE TIMES.Recommend

  • Farzeen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:57PM

    I just watched the show after reading this article and then I read that Shahbaz Bhatti was just assassinated minutes ago. I am still in love with Pakistan and as an international student in U.S I always try to justify the actions of my country and its people. But what do I say when people ask me about reckless actions of extremists in my country? How do I defend the love of my life? It hurts to see that Pakistan is being taken over by such messed up ideas. Our religion teaches us tolerance but by now, we have disappointed our religion, our ancestors and our identities :/
    I just hope that you always remember Pakistan in good words and return one day to watch it succeed inshAllahRecommend

  • Asif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Maybe he was a US spy and now running for his life after the Raymond Davis incident and blaming it all on Pakistan.Recommend

  • AN
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Please! Don’t go George :(

    Bad things happen. Every nation goes through turmoil. Though i will not stop you. It’s your own decision but still if its possible to stay then please don’t go.Recommend

  • Amjad Hussain
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:01PM

    quitting or having a luxury to leave is not an option for Pakistanis who have ancestoral strings attached to this will only make a wafer-thin silver ,even thinner.
    Be safe George and keep in touch, very soon u ll see the change ,cause i can see a very bright light at the end of the tunnel,the only thing im not sure about is the length of the tunnel.peace.

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:07PM

    George – I have not visited Pakistan but I think of myself as one of the outsiders who are fans of pakistan. And I can understand your sentiments – there are days when I cannot understand the country, their obsession with religion etc, but there’s so much to like. For instance the Indians who escaped from Libya – many were helped by Pakistanis in Egypt. Such stories are commonplace if you encounter Pakistanis abroad. They are an emotional lot of people so sustaining friendships with Pakistanis can be enjoyable albeit energy sapping affairs. Recommend

  • Yasir Ilyas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:09PM

    George, you don’t leave someone you love, specially when they need you. Sometime, we are in the illusion of being in love with someone. We can think we are doing a lot and we never realize that our lover is working day and night to make us look and feel better. You were just another George, among nearly 5 trillion Georges living in your country. Pakistan gave you recognition, Pakistan gave you the love of your life (your wife), and Pakistan gave you the opportunity to earn while many of its own sons were sleeping on the sidewalks without a grain of food in their stomach …. Pakistan did its part when you needed a break … now just because your lover is a little sick and not so healthy as you want it to be … you are leaving it…..

    I don’t call it love … when you love someone you never leave that person …. all the messages above requesting you to stay in Pakistan and not leave is a testament that Pakistan still has her hands stretched out and inviting you to come and hug her and be with her forever …. I guess it is You who seems to have lost interest in it …. Recommend

  • Tufail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Dear George, we are sorry to loose such a great person like you. We request you to make Faiz a wonderfull person like you are and dont let him forget the great story of how an english became pakistani. We request you to remain a Pakistani. This will keep us reminded that we still have a hope and link with you.

    lots and lots of regards and salaamRecommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:16PM

    @Ilmana Fasih:
    Excellent, the best comments sofar. George will feel solace from your words. Recommend

  • Ronin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Sorry for the typo, it was ‘western’ lands not the eastern and referred to Mr.Jinnah as the areas which he wanted to amalgamate into a ‘Muslim’ state.Recommend

  • Rayhan Haider
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Dear George,

    After going through your article i am unable to hold my slef typing few words infact a testimonial to my Boss, a Senior and Big Bro.

    All those days i have worked with you was like experiencing new things, exploring myself and believing on myself. I often feel proud and use to share with my friends that although i am not been a part of multinational but i am proud to work with a GORA who not only points me out on my mistakes but also hug me hard when he feels proud on me as a recognition.

    I admit that you try your best to accomodate in the society, and as a whole we didnt manage to help you out in adjusting.

    I know who ever is leaving Pakistan is just leaving because of new tom and the new begining and i wish best of luck for every one.

    George in short I will really gonna miss you Boss :(( … where ever you are where ever you go i pray for your good luck .. n i am always here to have your advices by any means.

    Rayhan !Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:17PM

    Well, so much for your litany of love…you do not leave those who are ill to suffer. Is that your love? I hope you treat your family better…but oh! I just remembered, you left all of them for your selfish desires, in the first place, didn’t you?Recommend

  • HR
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Are you leaving Pakistan for the reasons you mentioned in your poiece or is there some other reason. sorry but i could not make out.Recommend

  • Hamid Raza Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:22PM

    George, we will miss a voice of sanity and love as you were all these years to us. Nobody can blame you for this decision. You stay wherever you choose, but you would live in our hearts. Recommend

  • Tabinda
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Pakistan made you all this? bitter? cynical? get a life man… what you should admit here is the fact that “Pakistan and its people have survived and will survive, insh’allah” I’m sure murders and rapes and what not happen everywhere in the world.. but our problem is that its not just Pakistanis, too many nationalities involved”.. so well yeah, bubyee!Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Good riddance. His parting words and the final swing at Pakistan shows his true class.

    Pakistan is not and never will be a failed state… and I BET the likes of George Fulton will be back in Pakistan within a few years time…
    I dont understand why Salman Taseer’s death is played out to be the bane of every problem in Pakistan… its not!… ITS ONE MURDER BY ONE EXTREMIST!
    Was the same said about America when their congresswoman was shot in the head by an extremist… just recently? Why is America then not on the precipice of being a failed state…
    All BS!

    Good bye… and thanks for nothing!Recommend

  • Alvi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Good to see you leave in one piece. You and your family deserves you alive & kicking. You are too good for our primitive and violent society.Recommend

  • hafeez khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:32PM

    It is very sad that you have been compailed to take this drastic step, what about your wife and
    Faiz the young kid, are they with you or you left them, I hope with your experience you still can help the beloved Pakistan, no matter you are not there. we realty miss and in future you might change your action , we love you George
    Allah Hafiz and the best

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:35PM

    George, we live in difficult times; things would not be as bad as they got in Pakistan if American policies hadn’t put immense pressure on the region post 9/11. In fact, not many places would have endured so well as Pakistan has. Imagine Westen European countries, where populations have been as opposed, if not more, to the Afghan war, being subjected to military transports through their territory and the phenomenal increases in terrorism that Pakistan has experienced! To expect Pakitan, under such conditions, to become a better and more tolerant place is wildly unrealistic! My home town, Peshawar, is unrecognisable since 9/11. I don’t know your work, have you crticized American policy in the region?

    For those of you who might feel tempted to remind me that Pakistan has problems that have nothing to do with 9/11, I am well aware of that fact. My reply would be that the last thing Pakistan needed to improve was neo-imperialist moves into Afghanistan.Recommend

  • chaudary amjad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:42PM

    George, ” You too Brutus”Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:42PM

    George! you came here, when Pakistan was in better situation as compared to now. Pakistan and Pakistanis welcomed you with open hearts and gave you respect and more popularity in Pakistan. You got Pakistani citizenship just like that. You became Pakistani, and and part of Pakistan. But of-course, you are a britain by birth, you cannot feel for Pakistan the same way as a real or by birth pakistani does. You pointed out all the bad in this Pakistan. You pointed out a single entity Mumtaz Qadri and projected him on us, the rest of Pakistan. You defined the threshold of Pakistan being a failed state. And Look what you just did, you made all of us feel bad about Pakistan. You made us loose hope that someday Pakistan would be a better place to live. Well, its all about time. You are different, because you actually donot belong here. Your place is britain.

    You must be happy looking at rest of the blogs, “We will miss you George”, and this is the sad part for us, we still showing affection to the person who just humiliated us, and Pakistan. I mean, who are you to define Pakistan and Pakistanis if you are leaving Pakistan in its worst condition. You running away from this country just because this country is facing a hard time. If this is so, you are not welcome here anymore. You dont deserve to be a Pakistani. And since you are a journalist or producer or what ever you define your occupation is, your blog will create a hatred for Pakistan. This is the gift you gave to Pakistan when leaving, and unlikely you, Pakistan gave you all the wonderful memories for he rest of your life. This is the difference between you and Pakistan, and Pakistan defines us!Recommend

  • Saif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:43PM

    “Keep Writing”. Thats something you can do even if you’re based abroad. We need that!! GoodluckRecommend

  • sohail ahmed yousfani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:48PM

    what ever u said is true …..
    but request u dont say Khuda hafiz….plzRecommend

  • saira
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:49PM

    im glad hes gone :P gora comes in this country, earns his living from here, the country which gave him fame and respect and he bad mouths it :P no sympathies..glad to see the back of him :PRecommend

  • dr.sajeela sheikh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:53PM

    not only u but thousands of people who can afford leaving her…are going with heavy & my family being one of them….its so much saddening fact that our country is going through so much turmoil but we are yet stucked in the arms of hatred for each other for no reason…we keenly watch peole killing brutally innocent boys for no reason, we watch enthusiastically every murder video that is available of our very own people killing their own brothers & sisters…we criticize each other for no has become our hobby to intrude in other peoples’ lives…we kill every person who dares to speak truth in shackles of lies..our leaders sleep in their comfortable beds while their people are on roads for basic needs.still we elect them everytime..
    dont you think whatever is happening to us is because we are not a nation of strong character..
    my heart bleeds to write whatever i have written..but still i have hope & i will always be willing to work for the betterment of my country.

  • jk
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:53PM

    like others, i would like fassi zaka to leave too, but for his own good. this is no place for good menRecommend

  • Sharmeen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:54PM

    What was George’s qualification. He got so much attention here merely because where he came from… I do not see why some of his friends … looks like they are all sitting on their laptops promoting him with one liners. Recommend

  • AA
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Something is fishy!!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Shalom Haver Recommend

  • rabia akram
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:04PM

    though i didn’t watch your documentries just heard your name,i read your goodbye article which make me upset,so best of luck and i hope for a better tommorow for pakistan.Recommend

  • Maliks
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Dear George, I don’t know whether to thank you more for what you’ve done for our country, or to apologize more for what this country has done to you. There’s an old saying, ‘don’t look at the size of the dog in the fight, look at the size of the fight in the dog,’ and the liberals in this country might be few, but we’ve been pushed enough to create a reaction that could lead to a revolution any day.
    For all that you’ve done for this country, when this nation finds its true spirit, you will be honored like a hero. A country of 180 million people cannot and will not fail, I am sure we will reinvent ourselves. Till then, don’t lose hope, and keep in touch through your writings, documentaries, and facebook. One behalf of liberal Pakistan, it is my promise to you that you will see a day when reason will triumph in this land of the pure.Recommend

  • nooreen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:06PM

    it had to happen one day…its not very surprising that george leaving pakistan for good.
    we pakistanis would never think of leaving no matter wat happens…
    yes,surely it was great having george over but sorry george,u didnt have the guts enough to stay back,to put it into words…
    this is just an everyday news for us.Recommend

  • Yousuf Zahid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:08PM

    So you wouldn’t be participating in the gang-rape. Tsk! Your call buddy. Say hi to Vegas!Recommend

  • Muniza Kaisar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:10PM

    nyc words George…but feeling sad on ur depart……….May Allah Bless all of us n protect all of us n family from these crimnal n so called extrimist……….please people think about pakistan…….we have to safe it for our children,our future….Recommend

  • khi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:12PM

    OK Good Bye…………!Recommend

  • Gulalai Ismail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Goodbye George! Recommend

  • hamayun
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:14PM

    What George said is true and eye opener for many of us.surly these are difficult times,but if Pakistan is is because there are many Pakis , who are working hard to get things right and they do have there share of successes. What I do not agree with George is that Pakistan was made purely by Rich Muslims, infact poor muslims and middle educated muslims youth wanted this country…(I find it a very bias western thinking).I became a doctor and got further education and am enjoying good life here..and i am doing ,in my capacity (like many Pakistanies who are working hard and silentely ) to make things better here and resisting the voilence…if this was not be the case,our society would have already fallen to the Barberic wave of Mulvies and Fundamentalism. I hope this is only a temporary separation between George and Pakistan…she is still George’s Pakistan.Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:15PM

    Well you are leaving just in time, Shehbaz Bhatti just got killed. Run while you still can.Recommend

  • ambreen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:16PM

    will greatly miss u George. hope George will cum back soon. majority of Pakistan love n support u. Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:16PM

    Perhaps the best way to help Pakistan, is to get one Pakistani out of there. You have done your part George.Recommend

  • sonia mirza
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:20PM

    dont go! your our motherland’s adopted son! she is sick and her children confused, dont go brother!Recommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:21PM

    All of us Pakistanis also want to leave this place for good. So, George’s decision is no surprise at least to me. Its better that he left this place alive. However, I’d say that the liberals are also extremists. The corrupt ruling elite is also a cause for bigotry, widespread ignorance and violence. If the corrupt system does not provide justice, education and healthcare to the people then illiterate people will easily fall pray to anyone, whether mullah or liberal fascist.
    Good bye, George.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:21PM

    I think ultimately you have made the right decision , those were all realities that we already knew about our country and its not easy for someone like you to adapt because even Pakistanis who grown up abroad, later came to Pakistan, cannot find adjustment to their lives. It would have been better if you both prefer to live in England rather here because its easy to adapt something better than to worst. Even people from Pakistan want to move to countries like USA, UK or Canada to make their lives better. Recommend

  • roma rizvi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:22PM

    i love my country and i respect those who love my country. best wishes ahead


  • Mudassar Nawaz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:23PM

    @Ali Khan: excellent reply true voice of my heart too!!!: Recommend

  • sashayub
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:24PM

    dear G, thank you for giving Pakistan her first chance….while i believe it deserves at least another chance, it would definitely be too much to request you to stay…for your own sake! thank you once againRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Dear George, Please take me with you. I dont wanna live here among the ill mannered people whether religious or liberal.Recommend

  • arsalan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Good ByeRecommend

  • Gul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Please dont try to emotinaly blackmail us, you have already once left your own country UK,Why did you left that time ?? and why are you returning there again ??Recommend

  • uXuf
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Hope you wouldn’t be too bitter or disillusioned with the country we have left.Recommend

  • AO
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:33PM

    We Pakistanis are such insanely stupid and emotional people. This guys is playing with our emotions and we’re letting him have a field day. I wish we were not so much naive to be played at the hands of external forces – read US and CIA – and we won’t be in the situation we’re in today. I wish we learnt to understand what our national interest was. I wish!Recommend

  • Fawad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Is it concern of hijacked silent majority? honestly REALITY we need to Q is that “is moderation and maturity voice of the majority or its only a small minority” in that case let the country if we are truly DEMOCRATIC to declare and let these people take over so we finally accept as after all isn’t democracy voice of the majority? and now seriously contemplating moderation as a false illusion of few!Recommend

  • Faysal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Ahh… how,I wish I could disagree with George’s article. But he is just holding the mirror for us.I am sure today’s sad incidence of killing another minster not supporting the blasphemy law, has added more meaning to what George is Suggesting. I wonder if we can ever break the shackles of extremism around us?Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:43PM

    George, you are a great friend of Pakistan. You married here and then you became it’s citizen. Your words are heavy with sorry because I know you wished it could be otherwise and did not have to leave. I know you must feel very threatened in today’s Pakistan. Today the minorities minister has been gunned down. The air is heavy with the stench of blood and killing. It is not a country that I recognise anymore either. Your decision is understandable and we wish you well and continued close association from afar. We shall miss you and everything you gave to this country through your humour, kindness and gentle manner. Good luck! Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:46PM

    smart move George! but you shouldn’t have wasted your words. this a blind deaf and dumb nation your trying to communicate with. reason just won’t cut it. i had a couple of ideas on how this can be fixed but i don’t have the man power. if you’re interested send me an email and we’ll chat up.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:46PM

    All that you said, is true without any doubt, but then in Canada, once after very much the same point of discussion a Pashtoon came to me and red in my face a verse of famous Pashtoo Poet and Philospher Ghani Khan
    “Zoor Hasi peeghoor she che himath warsara mal na she
    woorak hagha mashaal sha che theeyara she awo day bal na she”

    in Engligh
    “The strength & ability to do something, becomes a sarcaism when you lack the ccourage
    May that torch get lost for ever, when it gets dark yet it doesn’t light up”

    I’m sure Pakistanis have the strength and ability and above all the courage and confidence despite all this menace, to turn this country around and get rid of these old fanattics in the establishement to make this country a progressive and develop one, for they are not like that torch to not lgith up when it gets dark, for they are resilient and this troublesome time only is going to make them learn to fly even high. I’m sure you and me and many more like us will come back to this country, one day, soon again and 2007 -2011 will be a hoistory, we will be sitting in a beautiful coffee/tea shop in Ghani Khan’s city and will be talking only about these stories to our kids. The only difference is that me and you will contribute little less then what the handsome sons and the charmings daughters sitting in here, being with her. I’m sure they will never let her become a middle eastern country, an arab colony in the name of religion.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:47PM

    i can totally relate to what george says here… Pakistan has mutated into something that I (and I can even say this safely on behalf of others i know) cannot recognize. All i can say is this.. George, I am truly sorry you had to go through so much, had to bear such fascist rhetoric and intolerant views, such that they compelled you to eventually make this decision. I am truly ashamed. However, if possible, please do remember Pakistan not for what it has become but for what it was and what you have received from it over the past few years. I wish you good luck and we will surely miss you. =(Recommend

  • Tabinda Sarosh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:48PM

    I could nt agree more. At this point in time, many of us stand hopeless and choice-less.
    pathetic state of affairs. I don’t blame you for this “divorce” , it was vicious whirlwind and it has taken many of us down. Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:48PM

    *Stay if you can, please…but whatever you do, please do not lose touch with us…reallly hope you can find your George ka Pakistan again….

    and thank you for at least saying a proper farewell…*Recommend

  • Aslam
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Common guys, Hundreds of families have left Canada,USA and Europe just to save their children’s life from the harmful and bad effects of these societies .. we know this very well… does the native people there cry to stop pakistani families like you people are crying to ? Be rational.Recommend

  • Haider Raza
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:50PM

    A very well written piece.
    But all I want to say is that what you’ve done through this article has been done previously as well. We all are aware of the issues faced by our country, what we need to do now is to do something in order to make them right; And the first step towards that would be to stay back and work in whatever means possible for the betterment of Pakistan. Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:50PM

    George …… be out of Pakistan fast. The murderers are jobless after gunning down Shahbaz Bhatti …..???? Recommend

  • Syed Bilal Haider
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:50PM

    A sad day for Pakistan. George’s article also coincides with the murder of the Minister for minorities in Islamabad (the Guardian link), making his viewpoint all the more pertinent and poignant.

    Please open this link, and tell me what you think about the future of Pakistan:

    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Dear bloggers,

    This is addressed to those bloggers who have blamed George leaving Pakistan due to difficult times facing the country. They have probably missed the main reason for his decision to quit and the answer lies in the following lines penned by him-

    ‘Once the relationship turned abusive and I FEARED for my LIFE, I decided to call quits. Infact I DIDNT MAKE the decision. It was MADE for me’.

    It is not difficult to guess that who made this decision ie ‘Army and intelligence agencies’ whom he took by their horns and exposed them in a recent article published in ET. The man cannot be blamed who loved Pakistan so much but was probably asked to leave at gunpoint. Rational minded and moderate people have no place in Pakistan, while some are killed, others asked to leave, some leave on their own and those left in the country must accept all ills facing them by keeping quiet. God bless Pakistan. Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Next was our Federal Minister… You made the RIGHT DECISION !Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:55PM

    George, don’t leave alone, we want to leave as well —– life is more important than living to die and get killed by these demons. Recommend

  • Kausham
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:58PM

    George are you scared what is happening here. Do u think the poor pakistanis are involve in this ? As now you have seen the Pakistan from inside and going out watch Pakistan from there with your open eyes and find out who is responsible for this. You have to identify it to the people of the world how our innocent pakis are suffering in the hands of these people. Bring people with you to help us in the elimination. If only if you are sincere with this country. This country has given you a lot and now it’s time for your turn .Recommend

  • Saad A Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:58PM

    George, best of luck but kindly keep the psycho-analysis of the country to yourself. We got problems, we’ll deal with them. Let’s hope you are able to get a gig in UK!


    Saad A KhanRecommend

  • Nauman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:00PM

    So sad & heart breaking… well is this part 1 of this article? Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:02PM

    What can I say, silence………,

    Salutes to your writings, God has given you a skill, please utilise.Recommend

  • Syed Bilal Haider
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:05PM

    A very sad day for PakistanRecommend

  • Syma Nadeem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Dear George,
    Having stayed for a good period of almost 9 years in Pakistan does prove a point..You really loved the country and did get along here very well despite the latter disillusionment that shook you out of this dream or infatuation. Needless to say, our Pakistan does offer a lot to decide to stay here forever..Its innocence, naivety and emotionalism beckons a sensitive heart to adopt its soil as our own at one point or the other. Basically, George everything has its good points and bad facets. Its how we react to mold ourselves to this beaten metal and emerge as a shiny gold or melt away due to its heat. I agree we as a nation have failed on many counts but if we leave our beloved in the throes of this difficult time then who will be there to lift it up again piece by piece?? I f your love was real then there is all the more reason for you to stay George. We need people like you who love her for herself and not for any material gains. I wish you change your mind and raise your Faiz as the next leader to lead her one day! tc,Recommend

  • Ahsan Kazmi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Dear George, best of luck with everything in life. We, as a nation are grateful for all your love and affection. As you said you have the option to leave and you should because its you right to strive for a better future. George, if every good soul decides to abandon the ship, the ship will still go on but it will make the job really hard for the remaining good ones who are struggling for the ship’s betterment. And you are a real good soul. You will be missed as a helping hand. God bless brother.Recommend

  • khawar siddiqui
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:16PM

    George we respect you for who you were and for the way you came into pakistani and accepted the pakistani society

    wish you all the best Pakistan is still ur home and ur more than welcome to visit here anytime you like.


    khawar Recommend

  • Nael
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:17PM

    All the best but we will be ok George. We are going through difficult times which will pass. Your love in the end was not true, you are disillusioned because you did not see what I see in Pakistan. I continue to love it with all its shortcoming and will not divorce it just because it is going through a bad patch. Pakistan Zindabad. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Parting is sweet sorrow- for you and all Pakistanis.

    You will be sorely missed. Good luck and all the very best for the future – Our’s & your’s.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Really sad and to some extent shameful also… We can just wish if we can make your love again the same and even better you fall in love with……Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:23PM

    It is sad that you are leaving with a broken heart. I hope you do come back like a foreign visitor and see us braving the circumstances with a hope. Inshallah.

    Please do not use hate statements like

    “Christians, Ahmadis, Shias and
    Barelvis have all been attacked in the
    past year”.

    People attacked and killed are Pakistanis wheather they are ahmadis, shias, chirstians, barelavis or common people in markets. Please Do not divide us more then we already are!

    I hope you have a peaceful and happy future in your homeland. We are loving and hospitable people BUT do not write us off !!!Recommend

  • Saba Kamran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:26PM

    I’m really ashamed of us, who made the first ever willing Gora Sahab to become a Pakistani to denounce his nationality. And as much as I would like you to stay a Pakistani, it would be better if you go back to a safer land. Pakistan is not safe for you or for us.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Lot of Psychobabel to make us feel guilty. Calling us a failed state, is sure nice way to say good bye. I frankly never understood the meaning of this term except that it is excellent tool to demonise any country in the world. And frankly you are not first one to demonise us since there are many others who do this routinely. Pakistan, failed state, terrorism, extremism, blah, blah, blah. It is no longer news.Recommend

  • huma ijaz Zaman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:29PM

    We have all been in love with Pakistan since we knew the meaning of our homeland but unfortunately our lover has been disgraced by many who abused Pakistan with their corruption and soul selling deals. When will this rape stop? I ask Pakistanis. Remember we have no identity in the world except as Pakistanis and if this identity goes what are we then? Please question.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Very sad and to some extent shameful for us also…… I just wish if we can make your love same and even better you fell in love with …..Recommend

  • Brightstar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Dear George,
    I would like to apologize on behalf of the people of my country, of our country, yours as well as mine for you deciding to leave. Today we lose a very dear citizen, who gave us so much hope and showed a side of Pakistan to the world, which doesn’t get shown any more. Thank you for loving us and becoming one of us and for your bravery. My despair at your leaving is indescribable and my fading optimism nearly dead. But we must continue to hope, and whatever optimism we have must not die, because after all, with all its faults, Pakistan is the only home we have. May God bless you and may you bring happiness to the people around you, like you did once upon a time in our Land of the Pure….. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:34PM
  • Junaid Shafqat
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:36PM

    This is actually sad….Recommend

  • saif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:40PM

    You are not the only one my friend. Pakistan it self is one of the best places on earth, but we as pakistani’s screwed up this place, and screwed up the people who tried to fix it. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:43PM

    “George is Dead, Long Live the George!!”
    I will get her corrected George, I will resurrect her, I will get her breathing again, for I can not Leave her, she is what I am, and I am Pakistan.
    “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! [2]

    Goodbye George.Recommend

  • tarkha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Hoping you will come back soon.Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:49PM

    May Allah help us build a better, stronger and tolerant capable of dealing with every challenge. Ameen! This is it, the time has finally, we are at the verge of disaster, immediate steps required to salvage the country. Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:50PM

    So was this fulton guy a muslim?
    He seems to be pulling big crowds in your country.Recommend

  • amm
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:50PM

    I want to know why are we as a nation either so offensive or defensive. Why can’t we take constructive criticism and talk or talk back logically. How come everyone in Pakistan is a great analyst when it comes to others and their motives and we don’t do anything with our own lives or our country? George came and he wants to leave. Thankyou for dropping in good bye for leaving. He has been a good guest and we were good hosts. People move on for various reasons and they have the right to do so as long as they have not deliberately hurt anyone and their is no serious or collateral damage.
    Our issue at the moment is not George abandoning us. Its our own country, its floods, security, poverty and corruption. My fellow friends who have brought up Pakistan being “a young nation” and given examples of other nations and leaders are overlooking that those nations were getting better by the day and those were different times. Ours is only getting worse also Abraham Lincoln’s sons weren’t involved with the highest corruption scandals and all his money was not parked in Swiss accounts and foreign assets. We are upset about George leaving, we should be upset about our resources leaving, our own youth leaving and dying to leave and all our so called elites children leaving or spending most of their times abroad and returning upon elections and then appointing themselves with the highest ranks and always claiming that “we don’t need to steal we have inherited this and our forefathers have given it to this nation.” I just want to know are they for real. Ladies who cant even pronounce the names of the brands and designers but carrying all the best bags of the same brands and designers. These are our issues not Mr. George. These people make me laugh and at the same time frustrate me. People take great pride in announcing that their family member are on the positions which offer great opportunities of great corruption. The greater the corruption, more the social acceptance and respect. My answer to all this is “are you kidding me and please don’t test my intelligence”. Recommend

  • Haider
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Another one down today George. This time a Federal Minister.

    I always believed that it would be difficult for you to align yourself with our society. You did the right thing to leave because at least it ensures that your are safe. But, I have a question. Did you find all extremism this when you visited Pakistan for the first time or became the very famous George of Pakistan. I am no great analyst, but I have a brain and I promise you with all my heart and soul, that in a few years from now, this country would be back to where it was. Even a 100,000 terrorists make up only 0.055% of Pakistani population. But, yes, evil is strong and it is designed to be like that. Let’s be open. Today, every extremist would talk about Afghanistan War and USA’s evil designs to annihilate Pakistan. Would they be able to say it in July 2014 (when US would eventually be out of Afghanistan). This the same old Pakistan which is definitely blunt but not a failed state.

    Remember my words. I am just a Pakistani who loves you. Pakistan would be back to its feet. But, promise me that you would be back to Pakistan too. I would never miss another show of Kiran with George ever again.

    Stay safe. Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:51PM

    You just blamed Pakistan for everything, I don’t know what “really” is the reason behind your departure (though I can speculate and talk about your “fears” in the back drop of recent events); but you acted like a typical American looking for a scape goat. You didn’t talk about the American presence and their adventures/drone-attacks/political-interference in the region as a cause of all this hatred in people; but you say “only” our army/intelligence is to blame and Pakistan is a fking cancer of the world. Well Mr. George, you never “really lived” in Pakistan, you never left USA; you just ate, drank & pi$$ed here. Now you can go back to America and lets see what you do their for the minorities while mourning the deaths of all the American soldiers in the un-justifiable American wars on sovereign nations. So bye bye now….Recommend

  • Haider
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Another one down today George. This time a Federal Minister.

    I always believed that it would be difficult for you to align yourself with our society. You did the right thing to leave because at least it ensures that you are safe. But, I have a question. Did you find all this extremism this when you visited Pakistan for the first time or became the very famous George of Pakistan. I am no great analyst, but I have a brain and I promise you with all my heart and soul, that in a few years from now, this country would be back to where it was. Even a 100,000 terrorists make up only 0.055% of Pakistani population. But, yes, evil is strong and it is designed to be like that. Let’s be open. Today, every extremist would talk about Afghanistan War and USA’s evil designs to annihilate Pakistan. Would they be able to say it in July 2014 (when US would eventually be out of Afghanistan). This the same old Pakistan which is definitely blunt but not a failed state.

    Remember my words. I am just a Pakistani who loves you. Pakistan would be back to its feet. But, promise me that you would be back to Pakistan too. I would never miss another show of Kiran with George ever again.

    Stay safe.Recommend

  • Sulaiman Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:53PM

    “And many jihadi groups still remain in cahoots with the agencies.”

    You leave your true love without mentioning the American agencies (CIA) tied to TTP, who killed another Minister today. I thought you wanted to be honest with your true love?Recommend

  • Muddasar Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:53PM

    George you’ll be missed… plz do come backRecommend

  • R.S.S.
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:58PM

    The Pakistan you wrote about is not the same Pakistan portrayed by the BBC – on behalf of the British people – every single day around the world.

    Maybe you will have the courage of you conviction to speak against the BBC as well. Or is it poor Pakistanis that deserve your condescension?Recommend

  • Rana Asghar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:59PM

    We love you George! Please don’t go. Recommend

  • Faraz Karamat
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:00PM

    Never met you, never knew you… but what you have said is absolutely true. Those who have a choice should leave. Hope is now no more!Recommend

  • A H Nayyar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:02PM

    @Aisha Randhawa:

    Well, the statement that Pakistan is fast becoming a failed state is not wrong. Yes, people will still be here, yet it can become a failed state. Somalia continues to exist as an entity, and people also inhabit it, yet it is a failed state in the sense that there is no writ of the state. And there is no writ of the state because the state has ceased to exist as an entity. There are many societies of the world that became failed states, and recovered over time, but certainly there was a period when they were down in the pits.

    Let me narrate an event that demonstrates the public feeling. I was in a music concert last night, and the organisers, among many things said “klasiki musiqi zinda hai jis tarah Pakistan zinda hai” (classical music lives, much like Pakistan lives), and the audience laughed. I think such a statement would not have evoked laughter some 20 or 30 years ago. The laughter now represents the disappointment with the state that all have started to feel.Recommend

  • adeel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:02PM

    i agreed, we can understand as you wrote ur feeling, but i wish u will back soon as condition make better..

  • sybil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Good bye George. Pakistan is certainly not for people like you.So u thought better to return.I feel one day I’ll be leaving with the same thoughts coz now im sure hope is not alive anymore here. all those who hoped for it ONCe are bitter overtime… its sad u felt like ur citizenship is questioned when you hoped for a better tomorrow for Pakistan….. Recommend

  • Laila Samad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:05PM

    @Osman Nasir:
    WOW Usman WOW!!!!Unbelievable!!!!Recommend

  • Irfan Jamil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:06PM

    The real sons of the land leave this country every day; though you were an adopted one. The great mother(land) will prevail – no matter how many sons leave her. She is self-sufficient and even she has never been dependent on Army or Politicians. That’s why we call her our MOTHER(land).Recommend

  • Eman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Its so sad to see you go like this George.. i know what you mean.. :( take care and all the bestRecommend

  • MeekoZ
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:09PM


    The death of Salman Taseer was the death of hope for all of us. And yet we stay here and choose to stand by our country, We hope to hope again, dream to dream again.

    If you really loved Pakistan, you wouldn’t be leaving. You would stay here and stick it out like the rest of us.

    What a convenient marriage this has been for you.

    Enjoy the luxuries your life has afforded you, and please don’t call yourself a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Shahram Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Good Bye!
    its time to end media propaganda.
    This country is being polluted.
    It is about time we call of our so friendly relations with everyone who has adversely affected us in every possible way.
    It time to wave a good bye to every defamer of this country. its time to denoune the corrupt leaders. no single man in this poliical system is innocent. its time to change the system of governance. we DONT want democracyRecommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:11PM

    Good Bye George! its sad to see you go and Pakistan will definitely miss uRecommend

  • Aftab Khattak
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:12PM

    Deeply dismayed at hearing you leave George, :( u surely will be missed.

    If all the sane, reasonable people start to leave this country, i wonder, how things will change for the better, and those who do leave; dont they owe something to their homeland.Recommend

  • Athar Meo
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Really really sad to read all this. i have only ever known you through GKP which i have only watched snippets off, but regretably i can fully understand and relate to your centiments.

    best of luck for future George.Recommend

  • saad hafeez
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:23PM

    I hope you find a reason to return some dayRecommend

  • Alick
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:23PM

    **Every society has two type of people Liberals & Extremists, and they exist everywhere India, USA, UK, Australia everywhere
    A segement of the society is supporting Mr. Qadri and another segement hates him…its normal

    Thanks we dont want people like you to tell what is right and what is wrong. Day by day as an optimistic person i can see changes,,,very positive changes which ll define us in future.

    It can never become George ka Pakistan because this country got freedom from George (an English). It is Islamic Rebublic of Pakistan**Recommend

  • Talisman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Dear George,

    I am not gonna say goodbye to you George because, I believe that You will come back to Pakistan one day. Look how many people are missing you and respect your ideas. After reading all these comments you may realized that pakistani are not change, they have still warmth and love for you in there hearts. I am very sorry about the situation you been through. Believe me! this young generation will bring a positive change in future Inshallah.
    Good luck for everything George
    Love u and missing you

    Stay Bless Recommend

  • Noyofth
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:27PM

    After todays sad incident,, George have no reason to stay in this land of sycophants….bye George Recommend

  • Zain
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:28PM

    we hope to see u back again soon.. u will be missedRecommend

  • Heena
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:29PM

    The sad part is the feeling that assisted George to make this decision of leaving. Where we complain of our ‘dailiy routine’ and pollution and other petty stuff, George actually came to experience that and with that he found a new life, giving us hope that the Pakistan we talk about can be very different if seen from a different angle. But sadly enough, I guess the tolerance level ended here. All of ours have, and sooner or later this country wiil be empty and dead, all out of fear and violence.
    Very correctly pointed out that the reson that Pakistan was fought for as a separate land is now the catalyst for all the actions taking place.
    Sad, very sad.Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:39PM

    Sorry for being cynical. Are you leaving because your cover has been exposed as one of CIA operatives? Paksitan is in a mess because of the west and its breed of Paksitani dogs whihc are called leaders. Pakistan is bleeding because of the policies of the west. Yes feudals and Gora sahibs. Sorry to see you go but you should have stayed to change the perceptions. Anyone coming from west will no longer trusted. So if your love of Paksitan is still there and you are honest, you shouldn’t leave. There are many who still loves you. And I’m sure you’ll get a lot more support from Pakistanis than any Pakistani would get in the west. Recommend

  • Mansoor Habib
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Article is solely based on one thing people shouldn’t do “jump to conclusion”, it would have been a lot better to study in depth as to how foreign funded NGO’s are silently killing the ideology upon which this country was founded. No wonder we have black sheeps here much like where George might have headed onto next.

    Had Shariah law been implemented in 1947, George would have been enjoying the best of moments but truth be told, George, what you left is a legacy of fantasy (as witness in the comments after the article on Tribune website by so called blinded youth). George if you need to seek the truth and not only love which lasted only until you wanted it to without facing the harsh realities and truths, then go and watch what Yusha Evans said and felt back in 1997/8 pre 9/11. THAT IS TRUTH.

    George, I bid farewell to you and thank you for being honest about the good but regretfully pity for shedding light on what you think was a reason to run-away. For sure you divorced Pakistan, the most disliked of all halal things THEN YOU’RE GUILTY OF LETTING GO OF SOMETHING VERY EASILY WITH NO EFFORT WHATSOEVER.

    Goodbye George, I hope you see the light and stand by the truth.Recommend

  • Commercial
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:55PM

    Geroge, by the way , have you paid all of the taxes during your stay here ? Pls do so before flying away. Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:56PM

    And to think he wrote this before the murder of Mr. Bhatti!Recommend

  • Ahmed Salman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:08PM

    I hope my comments will not be censored. I don’t know George and what was he trying to do in Pakistan but I feel everybody commenting here is so ashamed of being a Pakistani !!! Why ??? Just bcoz an alien could not adjust himself to the culture of my country ??? I know a lot of foreigners who r married to Pakistanis and living very happily here. Why ? Bcoz they have embraced Islam. This is a lesson for those preaching “sab say pehlay Pakistan”. Pakistan is nothing without Islam. Religion is a bond stronger than anything else. George has blamed muslims for killing muslims. I didn’t know if Raymond Davis is a muslim, but I know that he was going on a mission. He knows a lot about the blasts in public places of our cities. How dare he blames muslims when the christian armies have invaded our countries and slaughtered millions. For his information, Mumtaz Qadri is a Barelvi. Shias r also our brothers and we have been living together for centuries and we will continue to live together, if interference is stopped in our affairs. I’ve many christians working with me, and we never had a problem. So George ka khuda hafiz, Pakistan is here to stay inshaAllah. I feel proud to be a part of such a resilient nation.Recommend

  • Omer Ilyas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Well I am not sad at all because a person who never really understood Pakistan, its society and its establishment left. The reality is that nations face these type of situations and many countries in this world have faced much worse situations. George my you find peace wherever you go but for my fellow country men please unite together and work day and night so in the future nobody dares to call my beloved country a failed state.Recommend

  • Asim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:11PM

    All the viruses spread by USA in th name of 9/11 are the reasons and causes why you are leaving Pakistan. Our country was cool and calm but now it is having fire and blood every where. You may have the opportunity to move away from Pakistan and save your life and future. All the Pakistanis will inquire you where they may go from Pakistan to save their families and kids????

    Peace of World is ruined by the cruel power generating thoughts of developed and well mannered nations. Dear George now you have more greater responsibility on your shoulders. Do tell the world powers not to follow that path which only gives hatred. Tell them what you have actually seen in Pakistan and practices of real Muslims. Pakistan have given you so much Love and now you need to tell the actual thoughts and feelings of true Mulsims and Pakistanis to the whole World.

    May Allah be with you always in that due course of time. Good Bye.Recommend

  • Umer
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:15PM

    I have only one sentence to write as comment….. “I feel like weeping”Recommend

  • natasha syed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:16PM

    How unfortunate. Tsk. Recommend

  • fatema
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:20PM

    dont go. we need ppl like you. Pakistan needs ppl like you Recommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:21PM

    I also relocated from UK to Pakistan and having spent 16 years there returned back in December 2010. I was sad to leave but the situation was such that it left me with no alternative. I know exactly what George is saying and endorse every word of it. We are lucky that we are able to leave and have thus opted to do so.Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Never Give up……. Cause those who do “loose”…… For those who face adversity may or may not perish… both ways they “Gain”…… Life is not a bed of roses, It is indeed a complex array of variables, beyond the control of man. You were … are …. and will be welcomed…. Take care be happy and good luck Recommend

  • Mubashir Abbas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:26PM

    I am not saddened by the news. nobody loses anything. Pakistan did not lose because she did not have you in the first place. The deep-rooted (and yes it is both historically and culturally deep-rooted) hypocrisy was all that you saw. She never accepted you by heart. Therefore you did not lose anything either.
    I am happy to see you depart instead. You must go back to your breed; the humans.

    May Allah help you.Recommend

  • Basit
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:27PM

    George- Very sad. Even though you leave, please do not stop writing about Pakistan.Recommend

  • ZanNeko
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:30PM

    Dunkin Donuts won’t be the same without you!
    If you’re a true Pakistani and have loved the country so, you shouldn’t let it go.Recommend

  • ME
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Its sad but not all true, yes there is a battle going on between the liberals and extremists, but if you did become a part of it through your articles or TV shows, you should have the courage and strength to continue fighting. There is no doubt that Mumtaz Qadri was made a hero for what he did, but we all also witnessed that there were people(including religious clerics) who seriously condemmed the act. No doubt that he got a lot of fans on facebook, but there were also pages created to condemn the act. You cant just keep looking at one side of the coin and declare that there is no hope. You might feel that extremism is taking over the society but the fact is that we are being(and as it seems) will be ruled by liberals, and this liberalism, without doubt, is creating this opposite pole.Recommend

  • Sara
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:32PM

    You can take yourself out of Pakistan, sir, but i promise you, Pakistan can’t be taken out of you anymore. I would say that you wouldn’t be this angry and disappointed right now, if you still didn’t love this country at some level. Like Ali Khan, I also hope that your son Faiz can one day come back to a Pakistan closer to the dreams of namesake.Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:34PM

    sad that you are leaving, you are exactly what Pakistan needs right now, someone who can see and interpret Pakistan through an outsiders perspective, but yet also having a undeniable connection to the country and the people. Pakistan has just become an even more hermetic society than it was before.Recommend

  • kashif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:36PM

    hi george
    It is sad that you have decided to leave.It is not only hard for You to leave Pakistan But also for us that we are loosing a person like you from the country.
    You can Be right that it is not to live hear, But in my view we need a person like you to show us(the Youth) a proper way to change the mindsets of the people of Pakistan.

    people of Pakistan are not the kind of people that whole world thinks us.You personally have seen this.
    We need you
    If you still want to Leave Pakistan. Then best of luck for the FutureRecommend

  • Ashwin
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:41PM

    George, I have been reading you are articles for sometime on tribune, i always felt you’r articles portrayed Leftist ideals, i was happy that you were trying to help form opinion among pakistani like NFP and sami. As for you labeling Pakistan as a failed state, is somewhat exaggerated, also i find it funny that most Pakistani keyboard warriors are expressing sympathy with a guy who is ready to quit on his love becoz his love is being wayward.Looking at majority of the comments I must say pakistani are a very decent lot.if you try writing something like this in any Indian news site you would be flooded with abuses.Mr. Fulton if possible stay back and make the idea of pakistan work, if your running don’t complain like the jilted lover.Sometimes i feel most people from the west come to places like India and Pakistan to preach rather then understand and be a part,ofcourse their exception like “MOTHER TERESA”.Simply put You never believed you had any stake in Pakistan, all this show of hurt is a waste of effort.I am confident Pakistani will come through.Invention is the mother of necessity.Pakistan will invent a Faiz or JinnahRecommend

  • Ebaad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:48PM

    you are doing right thing,,, Pakistan is no longer a safe place for anyone.. You are lucky that you can escape… But not everyone is as lucky as u r..Recommend

  • M
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Well said! Recommend

  • Shahid Obaid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Well geoge though its sad to hear this news but don’t you see many pakistani people adobt england US australia etc for themselves and their families to get better future or they don,t want to be in a country like pakistan where they are not secure anymore but when they go to these countries for good they face many obstacles; racism at the top just to earn some pounds and dollars they do sale their beliefs norms and culture which is true indeed i have seen this but they feel secure and they think they can be lived more (but time period of life is already fixed by Allah).. So whats the point of leaving Pakistan because you think its not a good place to grow up your childern i think pakistan is the perfect place to grow a newly born child with the hope that he or she will change the society.. i have been in UK since 2008 but never tried to think to adopt UK as i got better option which is Pakistan.. if you go back i will call you selfish like all those which have left pakistan for good.. if aur loved one gets changed we try to bring him back rather than divorce as it is the only halal think which Muhammad PBUH didn’t like (which is divorce).. you adopted pakistan now try to adopt Islam completely.. i am dead sure you will stay..

  • Adnan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:53PM

    @Ammar Yasir: Mullah Omar’s Pakistan? sounds a good idea :)Recommend

  • Fahad H
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Thank you George for trying to put the mirror to our faces once again. The people loved you till the days you kept saying all was dandy. The day you showed us who we are, we were repulsed. Unfortunately for us, we were not repulsed by what we saw in the mirror…for we never belive what the mirror shows. We were repulsed by the man holding the mirror. I feel sad that you adopted us only to find out that we are not what we appear to be… we are hate mongers, racist, facist, ugly beasts striving for our own success, lost in our dreams of riches & power. Be it the succesful businessman looking for ways to evade tax or the vegetable vendor slipping rotten vegies to a customer…we are consumed by our selves. Ethics, humanity, love, care, responsibility…all these words are for the man who thinks past tomorrow and past himself… we are people of the present consuming all that can provide us a future …and tommorow we will be lost in the past.

    I apologize to you my fellow being, for you had come to my beautiful land only to see the ugliness that creeps in its shadows. I am ashamed, ashamed of looking in the mirror and I pray that your words might guide some more to finally look in the mirror and belive in all that it presents… I disgust myself.

    A Patriotic Pakistani……just another selfish resident of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:59PM

    George your observation of Pakistan as “suffereing from megalomania and paronia” at the same time is the outcome of lieful, callous state propoganda upon its citizens, beginning with the Muslim league before 1947. The student has just grown up and is a man now.Recommend

  • taimur jang khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:59PM

    i like the attitute of some of the comments aisha randhawa ali khan and many other\s i love my country no matter what happens we ill miss u and insAllah in near future you will come back for it will be not a failed state. Pakistan wil never be a failed state. my family has had millions of offers that could help us leave Pakistan but i will never leave this country for it soil bears the legacy of my family my fore father’s my love for this country is for ever. i will love it till i die. i Taimur jang khan promise this to my country that i will always work for the well being of this country in every manner i can to help it grow and become powerful. INSALLAH PAKISTAN ZINDA ABAD…Recommend

  • Dania
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:01PM

    The average pakistani is a fool and proud of it …Recommend

  • fatima
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:03PM

    I can understand why suddenly you have lost hope.When we are only responsible for ourselves we take risks and plunge into unknown seas,but once we become parents ,everything changes. As Pakistanies it is a big concern of every parent what will happen to our children’s future?George we are thankful to you for atleast staying here long enough to make this decion.Unlike others who just accuse us of intolrance.we can only ask you to kindly take the good memories of Pakistan with you.Perhaps they will compel you to come back some day. Good Luck …………….Recommend

  • Hina
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Although I dont know you personally but shivers ran down my spine as i read your words. You were like a family member and will be missed badly. Extremely sad that you are leaving. Best of luck for your future!Recommend

  • Lotawalla
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:04PM

    I’m with you Pakistan is gone case. Even Allah won’t save Pakistan because of its extremism.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:06PM

    george…if u love soemone truely u stand by them…in their hard times…so u have just been here in good times..and when bad times are here u are leavin ur love??how faithful!!!Recommend

  • Omar Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:08PM

    I was a big fan of u Mr.George,i waited for every one of your program’s episodes.I was even called George by a teacher of mine.
    With all due respect,the blasphemy law is not man made,its part of the sharia law and anyone who disrespects the prophet of Islam should be given such a punishment i.e. what ALLAH wants.Salman taseer didnt just condemn a blasphemer,he also called this law as a “KAALA QANOON”,which is blasphemy itself.
    Christians in pakistan are given full minority rights and so are Qadyanis.
    I am sad that you are leaving Pakistan but let me tell you very clearly MR.George,u interprted us wrongly.This country is far more greater than what you think about it.
    You are leaving Pakistan for Britain,a country whose every Prime Minister is a War criminal,a country in which muslims and asians are racially abused,
    I pray that with the big brain youve given,u can think positively and arrive at what is right.

  • Faysal Akhtar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Love you Georgeyou are the one Recommend

  • A well-wisher
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Hi George, i have seen some of ur programs n really like the fact that u introduced the new image of pakistan throu ur documentary n u considered pakistan as ur homeland… but there are certain things i would mention after reading ur views.. u said “love was conditional”, i believe love cannot be conditional esp when it is between a citizen and a country, but sayin that u loved this country means u compromise for the country as well… it is not just u, i believe everyone at their places are compromising in some way or the other.. many muslims living in foriegn countries are facing through cast problems n they are been portrayed as dangerous to the society becax of their religion but still they dont give up becax of the fact that this earth n universe is solely made by Allah n He is the Master; even though we humans have divided it still it remains His authority.. many muslims in India are also not accepted as indian citizens becax ppl fear that they might turn against them n would support muslim communities/countries; shahruk khan also face this prob before the release of his film “My name is khan”, he also said on twitter that he has to prove ppl his nationality even after living all his life in India.. so i mean to say that every person is struggling with these prob no matter who he/she is n where he/she belongs to.. the reason is that justice is vanishing from societies n correct knowledge is reducing.. no matter where u live u will see same sort of problems..
    u hav also mentioned abt Salman Taseer, u said he commited no crime, firstly crime is not just done physically but throu verbal sayings u can also aggrevate others esp when matters like religion is concerned.. without perfect knowledge no person has right not even muslims to start presuming n concluding things abt ur religion or holy books like Quran, becax it is a word of God..
    In the end, i would say best of luck for your life.. just one advice
    Never Promise when you are Happy…!!
    Never Reply when you are Angry…….!!
    Never Decide when you are Sad……..!!Recommend

  • SQ
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:12PM


    Honestly speaking….you are nothing without Pakistan. Before coming to Pakistan you could probably almost count the people knowing you. However, it is this country which gave you the projection as a result of which you’ve received all these responses to your article.

    I would also agree with some of the comments that your stay has been more opportunistic rather than love for the country…..after all a man’s got to feed his family too. So lets not blame the country for a logical or economical decision taken by you. Recommend

  • Zia Naqi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:18PM

    The bond you have established with Pakistan would always be there. With all our flaws and shortcomings, you will always be welcomed with open arms.

    Zia NaqiRecommend

  • Zaheer Abbas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:21PM

    This was a huge slap on our face! we welcome someone who agree with us but we kill those who dont! Recommend

  • uzma ayub
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:23PM

    I have met you and was an avid watcher of your morning show and george ka pakistan.In order to love Pakistan u need to care deeply for it like our children,we cannot percieve the future but we can try to make it right.Disappointed we might be disillusioned we are not.Inspite of these terrible happenings you rightly wrote we are muslims and for us mayusi (giving up on the future)is forbidden.We have belief in our allah and inshallah pakistan will rise again.we will make it!Recommend

  • Taha Hussain
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:27PM

    You will be dearly missed George. This country needs citizens like yourself, if change is to come. If we all run away, all that’s next is a takeover by extremists. The liberal voice needs to live, and people like us will have to make it live. I personally live in Hong Kong, and I’m returning to Pakistan for good, because seeing my beloved country in this state deeply upsets me. I’m coming back because I want to contribute and change it. If people like you and myself run away, there’s no hope for a better future. We need to make this Pakistan better for our next generations, for your Faiz.
    All I can say is, that I’d rather clean the gutter that I live in, rather than escape to paradise.
    Good luck to you and your family in the times to come.
    Khuda Hafiz.Recommend

  • Mayeen Chowdhury
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Don’t be sad George…I was also in love with Pakistan, but had to divorce her in 1971. Fascism with an Islamic face was always the political, economic and cultural problem in Pakistan and it created many cannibalistic institutions which destroyed the national integrity by attacking the Bangalees, Christians, Ahmadis, Shias and Barelvis in the past years. The religion-based cultural fascism made the nation totally corrupt and my last trace of love with Pakistan cantering Pakistani cricket tarnished during last cricket scandal. But I must tell you that as a non-fundamentalist Muslim, I still have all the best wishes for my Pakistani friends and I believe that you’ll also have your all the best wishes for a nation which you once loved. Recommend

  • Farhan Shauket
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Well the story you are telling is very sad ….. but that story is not a justification at all to leave Pakistan. You were included the part of pakistan … u should have embraced it with honor & dignity …. whtsoever may happen …. if u r a pakistani you shdnt leave the country …. you are one of the popular icons of pakistan & there r many ppl insipired by you …. So wht are you leaving behind for them ??? …. Just a disappointment ……is that a kind of example you want to set for the ppl of pakistan ….. I am sorry for that but the irony of the moment is many pakistani left pakistan due to the same reason … which is absolutly wrong ….. & if you leave pakistan like this you will prove them right …… being a pakistani it is our responsibilty to act upon what is right for our nation & the image of this country ….. Running from the country when it needs you isnt the solution ….. you are not helping it at all & yourself as well …. i am sorry but being an icon is itself a responsibilty ….. if you are a true pakistani u must realize wht u r doing …. u must realise that how much pakistani ppl r suffering … your suffering is no where near to them ….. leaving on the same node means that every pakistani shd quit & leave the country or kill themselves cause they hav no choice ….. Pakistani ppl need hope so they can prosper …. If you claim yourself a pakistani then u must consider the decision u made & you should write an article ” I am a pakistani & i am not a quiter ” …. right now you are leading with a wrong example …. You hav been a part of both sides …. you must judge the fact who needs you more … In which part you can make the difference …. Pakistan is the place where you can really make some difference … you can make ppl realize that not to quit … be hopeful always no matter wht happens … this is a crisis situation & ppl shd unite & fight the hoplessness …. So its upto you … you want to be a ray of hope or you wanted to be a quitter ….. it is very easy to blame …. it is very easy to complaint …. it is very easy to escape from the responsibilities …. but the true man is who fight through in this crisis situation …. a man who can make a difference ….. & you are in a very good position to make a difference …. you can make a point & u can prove ppl wrong ….. almost every pakistani is going through the same phase …. some can quit & some cannot afford to quit ….. ppl who can quit can make a difference … they hav an open choice & they can make a point that there is no option to quit …. we shd belive in ourselves & make ppl belive in themsleves as well as in the country ….. i am very well aware there are many flaws in our system & the vintage mindset …. all the sane ppl know that its wrong but no one is willing to change it … some are not in a position & the ppl who are in a position are running away from there responsibilities …. You were talking about he ” Qadari’s Mindset ” …. you yourself will include yourself in the mindset of ” Quitters ” by leaving pakistan on the same very node …. you are in a postion & you can break through …. you can be a hero …. im sure you will make many good memories over here in this crisis situation … & you will cherrish them for the rest of your life … you will be a proud man & you die with honor & dignity ….. i am not asking you to stay because we love you .. i am asking because we need you & so many ppl like you …. cause u r in a position to make a point & can bring a change ….. The decision is yours my friend …. Embrace or Retreat Recommend

  • Nazish
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:37PM

    I am saddened to see you leave.

    But I disagree with you on one point. I disagree with making a hero out of Salman Taseer or Qadri. They both represented two extremes, Quaid’s Pakistan lies somewhere between them.Recommend

  • tamar younis
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Its soo realistic and ironic at the same time. Today the assassination of the minority minister made me realize that there is no place for the minorities, truth and liberalism . Its soo true to see many of our educated and moderate pakistani’s were actually celebrating the assassination of the Governer. Like u, many of us are running away as nobody can see the ray of hope , as there is sooo much darkness is dominating this land. Wish u all the best. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Georgy!!!! You dont have a clue why Pakistan was created?? You dont know who created her?? Yet you talk of Pakistan. Are you forgetting something?? After 9/11 extravaganza UK, USA and Europe have invaded our neighborhood, killing our innocent people. No wonder it will create disharmony and disorder. I yet to see if someone conquer UK how will English react after a while?? Things will change soon when USA/UK/Europe will face the same fate of Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Live a calm life in UK!!!! Stop caring about Pakistan. She was born for Islam and she will die for Islam this is her destiny or for you may be a curse (remind you not like Mullah but like how Iqbal presumed her). Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Bye George

    hoping to see you back in pakistan, in a better, less violent and calmer Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 6:57PM

    well, you have proven that an adopted son can seldom be the savior because he lacks selfless love. you used pakistan to get popular and make fans and money. the fact is it was never George ka pakistan or George would never have left it!Recommend

  • Zara
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Just wanted to point out a few things, based on some of the comments I’ve read here:

    George is not from the USA, he’s from the United Kingdom.
    He did not say Pakistan is a failed state. He said “A wafer-thin sliver is all that stands between you and becoming a failed state.” There is a difference, and if so many of you don’t see that difference, then that is a great error of yours. Perhaps you should get a better grasp of the English language, and then re-read the article.
    Many people have assumed George must have been in Pakistan with malicious intent, as a CIA agent (that’s quite laughable, I must say), but nobody entertained this theory until now, when George wrote this article. Why?
    It’s both funny and sad to see how many Pakistanis will become defensive about their own nation when a “foreigner” is critical of it. Just take a look around you, at the tragedies that fall on your fellow dwellers everyday. Look at the news everyday. Look at the hardships that so many must face. That’s not normal. Not in this day and age. There is something very wrong in Pakistan, and that is undeniable. And when you see these problems, it’s very easy for Pakistanis to develop half-baked conspiracy theories about the Americans or the infidel West, whose primary mission in the world must of course be to cause chaos among the Muslims of Pakistan. Look inwards! The problem is inside, not outside. Muslims ARE killing Muslims. Pakistanis ARE killing Pakistanis. To completely blank out this, and focus autistically on Raymond Davis as though he represents the cause of all the turmoil in Pakistan, is absolutely ridiculous. Grow up.

    It’s the comments more than the article itself that make me sick to my stomach.

    Coward? Gora? CIA agent? With people like you, this country will go nowhere but down. Recommend

  • Anjum Hameed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:14PM

    It may be small minded of me to say so, but as far as I’m concerned you will not be missed..I found too much self-importance and pompousness in your writings..and I actually felt you didn’t like us..thats ok, we all dont need to like each other..but George, if you are trying to be a Pakistani, dont patronise your own..Recommend

  • Peti
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:16PM

    With the killings of Salman Taseer and Shahbaaz Bhatti, who can blame you George? May be it brings sanity in our midst. But I promise you, there are enough decent Pakistanis who will continue to make efforts to make ‘your’ Pakistan a better place to live. Murtaza Heights dwellers will miss you; but hopefully not forever.Recommend

  • yawer
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:17PM

    miss u men !Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Love Pakistan or leave Pakistan George Recommend

  • Talat Haque
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:29PM

    I don’t know you personally George, but my heart weeps that you have to go ………. the only true love is the love for truth ………… keep sharing your truth with us ………. stay connected …………. they cannot succeed if they fail to separate our souls …………. loved your courage ………. God Bless.Recommend

  • ABP
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:31PM

    Welll, as an expat I can understand you George and the many other ‘Georges’ that left due to this heartbreak. I always intended to return driven by the love of my family and friends, but after seeing bloodshed and terror become a part of ‘normal’ life in Pakistan, I am not planning on returning for a while. It was not like this 8 years ago when I left and everyday seems to get worse. I may be a coward for abandoning my Country, but the bigger cowards are the ones sitting in thier ivory towers, drinking imported liquor and lementing on the state of affiars, while taking bribes under the table! Farewell George.Recommend

  • kashif ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:35PM

    almost everyone having the strength to leave pakistan is waiting for opportune moment to leave it, you just had it and so will our president and ministers….. god bless you all who leave pakistan when they feel its bad time upon the country and/or themselves…Recommend

  • dr hayat
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:35PM

    sir ,
    you write really well so speak even better . but today you didn’t speak anything new nothing for me atleast . we were already getting hopeless and your words added to it ,
    i am sorry but i an hurt .Recommend

  • Shahroon khalil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:39PM

    @Aisha Randhawa:
    i totally agree wid Aisha.
    George said in the article that the assassination of Salman Taseer was the end of hope for pakistan for you. If we look at history, the demise of a man has never resulted in the end of a struggle; if anything, it has only helped in the increase of the support of the cause. We have examples of Martin luthar king and Malcolm X from US. their assassinations did not end the struggle and idea that they were promoting. For Muslims, the assassinations of the 4 Khulfa-e-rashideen did not affect the propagation of islam. I believe in the thought that it is the “idea” that never dies. Though i am not a liberal, i still believe in the free expression of speechj for everyone. may it be Salman Taseer or anyone else.
    As for you, Mr. George, We will miss you. I think Pakistan deserved a little more from u . But still, you will be in our hearts. Peace and Love.
    -(always has been, always will be) Hopeful PakistaniRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 7:42PM

    George, how I’d love to wave a green and white banner in your face, and sing a nice patriotic song in an attempt to change your mind..

    ..but your decision is a perfectly rational one. Today, as Pakistani liberals give a eulogy for Shahbaz Bhatti and Jinnah’s dream of a secular nation that shall be buried along with him, we can offer you no better advice but to leave this wreck of a country.Recommend

  • Ayesha Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:45PM

    I cannot leave my mom even if she is in a terrible condition, infact i will do my best to heal her because of a true natural love that i have for her. My country is like my mother. I can never think of leaving her even if things are not going good, coz my love for my country is true. Whoever leaves Pakistan instead of working for its betterment is not true to the country.Recommend

  • Ayesha Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:46PM

    And mind u, my country will never be a failed state inshaAllah!!!!Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:47PM

    George, I am very sad to read this… but do understand what you mean. Pakistan has made me cynical and bitter too, and for a long time, I felt guilty for feeling this way. I hope something good comes out of your decision to leave.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:49PM

    I will miss you George but you are wise to leave.
    We will have to fight the bigots before we can invite you back. This is now war with no quarter given or expected.
    Hope to live to see you back.Recommend

  • Shahroon khalil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:52PM

    George said in the article that the assassination of Salman Taseer was the end of hope for pakistan for you. If we look at history, the demise of a man has never resulted in the end of a struggle; if anything, it has only helped in the increase of the support of the cause. We have examples of Martin luthar king and Malcolm X from US. their assassinations did not end the struggle and idea that they were promoting. For Muslims, the assassinations of the 4 Khulfa-e-rashideen did not affect the propagation of islam. I believe in the thought that it is the “idea” that never dies. Though i am not a liberal, i still believe in the free expression of speechj for everyone. may it be Salman Taseer or anyone else.
    As for you, Mr. George, We will miss you. I think Pakistan deserved a little more from u . But still, you will be in our hearts. Peace and Love.
    -(always has been, always will be) Hopeful PakistaniRecommend

  • sohail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Then there are the likes of Maureen Lines, the British lady who moved to Chitral to work with Kalash people, she applied to get Pakistani nationality which was denied repeatedly but she eventually got it sometime last decade or late 1990s.

    More on her and

  • Hussain
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Thanks George for your feeling, and love to this country, we lost hope in pakistan now…. pary for us Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Proves one point:

    you have to be born a Pakistani to be patriotic.

    If you had any love or patriotism, you would have stuck it out, no matter what and proved yourself worthy of the love and affection. Ofcourse there are people who hate you, just like there are people who hate me or liberals. Yes Pakistan is polarized and the people are confused after decades of poverty (whcih you have no experience of) and the West meddling into the region. All I care about George is that people who dare to be different, should dare to stand, stick it out and be the voice of reason. We may be a minority but jumping ship now makes me think lesser of you than ever before.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Sad Sad Sad…irony is you made a brave choice by staying in pakistan…leaving it is equally sensible………..Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:56PM

    I will miss you George but you are quite right to leave.

    Hope to live long enough to welcome you back when the real muslims amongst us have won the war against our bigots.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Sad… Gonna miss u Man :(Recommend

  • Sheraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:12PM

    We are sad to see you go George, however I do understand why. I wish I can offer anything to make you change your mond but Alas, even I am thinking of going back to US, I moved to Pakistan 3 years ago with the hope of making a difference but society has gone from bad to worse and intolerance, religious extremism, depression, and paranoia has spread so deep in the fabric of the society, I am not sure if it is recoverable anymore, I wish it does. Good luck in your future ventures and just remember the good days you had in Pakistan, and keep the hope up, like all of us.Recommend

  • Sherry Sheikh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:13PM

    its not because george is leaving, i dont really care, but we are a pathetic nation, including myself.Recommend

  • Aamna
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:13PM

    A sad truth of the corruption that is present within that country however to lose hope is not the case. The people have to realize that they need to step and force change, such as the public of Tunisia and Egypt and now LIbya are doing.
    It is unfortunate to see most of the developing world the heroes and people who stand for good, their voices are drowned out by the injust and corrupt government and rich minority. Recommend

  • nabila makhdoom
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:16PM

    so sorry to see you leave. I wish you and your family all the best.Recommend

  • George
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Please don’t go.Recommend

  • Amal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:16PM

    We all admire you, George! all the best for your future.. we still hope and pray to being you back here, with a high spirit and optimism! We shall miss you!Recommend

  • Khalid Kamal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:18PM

    Very nice articulation. Pakistani yu shall never forget & so will Pakistan.
    It has strange happenings & bonding but than this is Pakistan.
    I miss it every moment & yearns for true fresh breath of Pakistan.


  • Fozia F.
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Salams to all,

    It is good to see Pakistanis agreeing with Mr. George, really glad people have their opinions, this is what democracy is all about, right?. However, I really feel sad that whenever a gora says anything, we blindly say YES to all. If 80% of the things Mr. George said is correct, then atleast 20% I really do not agree with.
    *Just the minorites are getting killed just coz of one christian person????? ( I am not in favor of that), What about the majorities. Who are killed in so many bomb attacks in khi, lhr, islam,Balochistan????, they are not minorities. What is happening in waziristan? Are they minorities? So nice to enjoy a cup of coffee after a long day, and watch these shows, and then feel attached to “George ka Pakistan” in these self centered little world of ours, eh?
    *Not all turned Salman Taseer into a hero. There are SO many who condemned his death.
    *At your own will, you came to your “so called” love (Pakistan), and that is really nice of you. However, NO one has the right to decide the fate of Pakistan.
    It is not a good time to get into what your countries are doing to countries like ours. IF it was really your country, you will not leave, I also have options but I will stay here coz that’s how you feel about your immediate family and your land. And we should rather change than quitting on our land.
    All the best!! Recommend

  • NA
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:22PM

    The whole society and their mentality have to change (change in our thought process). We need a real leader in Pakistan who stands just for Pakistan and its people. Not for the love of power and money. Recommend

  • Rehan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Love it or leave it. One less gora in Pakistan. Now if we can only get rid of the rest of the CIA operatives, we’ll actually get our country back.Recommend

  • Kaneez Iqbal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:25PM

    It is sad news that George is leaving Pakistan and even sadder what he has to say about Pakistan, but I don’t entirely blame him. Looking at Pakistan’s situation it is difficult to live there even for myself, I was born there but lived there for only for few years, and whenever I go there for a short visit, I am unable to live there positively.. I would just blame my own people who take all this torture everyday and don’t stand up to bring a revolution.. stop blaming each other and stand up against the authority, just like it has happened in other countries and I am confident in my people and their strength, when we had the courage to get ourselves a nation than why is it impossible to stand up for tyrant and the system and save our country, Why have we given up to save Pakistan!!. Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:26PM

    I can understand that absorbing some itching truth is always a painful and least welcomed thing. That’s why the whole disagreement on the above comments exists.

    Instead of going into the saga of who this George was, how he came to Pak, what blessings he gathered from here and how his expectations got ruined, would it not be preferable for Pakistanis to concentrate on the underlying message and conclude whether or not it conveys a fact on earth? I can grossly agree to whatever we generally hear with respect to the action plans of West, US, India and others, and the apparent political and regional positioning others use to take, for their greater cause of putting us to the disadvantage. Yet, none of these can change the irreversible facts about what we are up to, how we use to behave, how much sanity prevails in our actions etc.

    Regardless of whoever has written above article; regardless of how much love or fame or respect Pakistan gave to him; and regardless of how mature expression reflects in the write-up, when I concentrate the situation analyzed, I find no opportunity of disagreement. Here I just don’t want to go in the cross allegations and putting the reasons of our condition on the shoulders of others. After-all these are our weaknesses and strengths in question. I believe the one who does not want to change his condition is never blessed by nature with such a positive change.

    I am not concerned with, who this George is and what intent could make him to write like this? Rather, am much more concerned for whether or not the things mentioned are facts. Alas, I find them to be the facts in a significant, rather, material proportion.

    “Listening” is an ability and art which ends you up with greater returns than the ability and art of “speaking”.


  • Faisal Rasheed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:31PM

    I’ am sorry George … You came in bad time to visit us …but am glad you are leaving safely .. i wish you could have stayed for ever but i guess it’s not the right time …

    We as a nation are in hard times, with rough neighbors, under the pressure of foreign and local stake holders and unfortunately lead by incompetent people ..

    we have been bad as a nation .. we have been silent .. we have been lazy … many stroms came many rounds were fired… alot is looted … every passing by has drank the water from our wells …. we have seen a lot of defeat … alot alot of it …
    but yet we are standing … i don’t know for what ….but we are for something … !!
    and iam hopeful … for better tomorrow…
    wish to see u some day in pak .. inshAllah .. Recommend

  • Faisal Rasheed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:34PM

    we are not a failed state …!! please don’t say this before you leave sir .. we respect you but don’t discourage us with your words …!
    we love this land …. 18 billion will die if some one will try to take it away … even if we fall .. i will eat grass just to live on this land and die on it ..!!
    wish to see you soon back in pak .. in better times .. thankyou for being with us .. you have been a great man to know …Recommend

  • Raja Umar Farooq
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:34PM

    Am i the only one who think the fact that Pakistan ( God forbid) is going to be a failed state is more painful than seeing George leaving the country. I found this article written with good intentions but with all the problems happening around George but he is missing the point that what is the meaning of being Pakistani and what is the cost to be called Pakistani. It is not just a name derived by the name Pakistan. It brings many responsibilities and demands many sacrifices which our forefathers gave and our current generation is giving. I wouldn’t say any more to Geroge but one thing that you have said that you have got the luxury to flee from this “Troublesome” country but what about 180 million Pakistanis who are bound to live and die in this country.

    I live abroad and my feelings go out for my brothers and sisters living in Paksitan. This country was founded on hope… Let bring the hope back in our country and i bet you will see many Georges’ coming and dying to be Pakistani National and not the other way around when we all fancy to Brits and Americans….

    Live Long Pakistan….Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Take care your, things will good for you.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Really really sad to find this out – hope you will come back! and good luck wherever you go…Recommend

  • hina
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:47PM

    brutally honest and coming from the heart, sad to see you so dejected and bitter, not the George we all know and love :( but then maybe we never really had the opportunity to see the real George. be assured though, that you are not the only one who feels this way, you have eloquently conveyed the frustrations of any liberal Pakistani today minus the luxury of giving up on this country, our home.
    but please, do not doubt the love and welcome people greeted you with, that is what a typical Pakistani is all about…would a Pakistani in your shoes have received the same welcome, love and support in your home country or any other western country? Recommend

  • Salman Asif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Goodbye George … We dont need ppl like you fleeing and running away from the troubles … We need ppl who believe and are strong enough to face the problems (let me remind you once again) put upon us by the ppl you are running back too. I am not saying anything against you but you say it as if you are ignorant of the fact that the problems in our beloved home are because of the people who are there … NO !!! they are because of the influence of the countries you all very well know and because of the hidden agenda of those countries and the interest they have to keep the threat occupied rather than see it develop and cause them problems.

    We will stay and fight for our nation, our ppl and our land …. We only need people who can go through the hard time as they did through the good times … not just those who enjoy the fruit and leave when the tree goes bare !!! …

    Enough said … Long Live Pakistan (my love, my country and my home) !!!Recommend

  • Zahra Baray
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Hm…i wouldn’t blame you for wanting to leave this country. I just hope you return sometime later with Faiz ll grown and you can THEN proudly tell him, this is George ka Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rehan Saeed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:05PM

    Hi George, the Pakistanis who settled and worked abroad, have in majority missed their country and admitted that there’s no land like Pakistan in the world. Whether its their innate relationship with the land or their comparitive studies about the science and arts of human values; they have reccomended Pakistan. After 9/11 the hate about muslims and Pakistan is far more advanced than the emotions of Pakistanis about West. We are still moderate and very much hopefull. The future of Pakistan leads to survival of 180 Million lives, though affected by some handful politicians, mullahs and terrorists. The heart of a common Pakistani is beautiful.

    I admire your affiliation and welcome you back.


  • taimoor niazi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:08PM

    Gorge , i dont know you
    i have read ur article blessing of facebook

    u had da option to leave
    i dont know u r lucky or unlucky to leave my love pakistan

    but let me tell u n other hopeless pakistan leaving personel like u
    dat we r here to fight dis menace and like salman taseer aheed said, i wil stand in da way of these religous bigots even if i m the last man standing

    and let me assure you that extremism is something unnatural
    and free and moderate Pakistan is what is natural and it will take its course in the days to come


  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:08PM

    We will miss you and many others who believed in Pakistan and got disappointed. We are Pakistani and it is us who will change that picture. Our hopes will never die as we are now feeling the change. Change which will not be imposed by who ever is currently governing the country or enjoying the ruling by sitting in different provinces. Change will come from those who has been sitting back, watching, crying, listening, advising and sacrificing for Pakistan. I do not know who they are but all I can say it is not US it is us who will change the system. Just wait and see when every Pakistani will come out and will say only one thing CHANGE.


  • Shazia
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:15PM

    Another good man is leaving us, Good bye.(Thats what v deserve)Recommend

  • Uzma
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:21PM

    George, its extremely sad to see you go. Hopefully your journey will bring you back to a better Pakistan, in a couple of years. I just want to point out that even though there is a growing trend of extremism in Pakistan, still the majority is of moderate and tolerant people. The majority did NOT celebrate the death of Salman Taseer, the majority considers Qadri to be cold blooded murderer, the majority still condemns the attacks on the Ahmedis, the christians, and other minorities. Lets not forget the dozens of Muslim ullema’s were also killed in cold blood in the past couple of years and their loss is also mourned. I say as long as we, the majority, are not tainted with extremism and not driven with ruthless anger and vengeance, there is hope. And we should’nt (this ‘we’ includes you) lose hope so soon. Things will improve inshaAllah. I know you will continue to wish the best for Pakistan, no matter where you are. Good luck for your future endevours. Recommend

  • Aima
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Where are we headed!! Only because he’s a foreigner, his criticism towards the current state of our country is more judged compared to the rest. Once we welcomed him with arms wide open in this country and when he becomes a part of it and raises his voice against the insane rules and regulations imposed on people, we get all crazy and point fingers at him, calling him a ‘gora’ and stating that he has no right to speak against anything! sigh
    I repeat again; WHERE are we headed ?!!!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:26PM

    bitter yet true…you are absolutely right in your decision yet it makes us very sad and these are not mere words. The chemistry of some bonds is hard to explain, you are not my family nor my friend, just one of the journalists I used to read, thats all. Your writings reflected your earnest concern and dedication to Pakistan. The fact that very soon we won’t have your intellect, your love and your sincerity and you yourself with us is what makes me feel sad and cold.

    We thank you by heart for all what you have done for us.
    We are sorry for what we have done with you.
    We love you and will keep on loving you. Recommend

  • SimplePakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:28PM


    And Please leave Pakistan alone….no need to exhibit any fake sympathies or give derogatory remarks about our ever-vigilant army who is ready to shed every last drop of blood to defend this nation.

    Take careRecommend

  • faraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Pakistan is ranked 10th on the list of failed states, top 10 failed states include 8 countries of sub-saharan africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We should come out of our delusions of granduer.Recommend

  • aftab
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:28PM

    its not right to say that pakistan is becoming a failed state, hard n difficult times comes to nations and pass. we will face the challenges bravely and carefully expose our enemy, who may be from the country from where George came?Recommend

  • tabz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:31PM

    thankx alot George fr leaving Pakistan highly obliged!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 9:35PM

    I, for one, am NOT embarrassed to be a Pakistani.

    George .. while I don’t know you very well .. I feel you don’t have the right to complain and be-little our country. This is not your country. Hence, you don’t have the right to complain!

    If you did think this was your country and truly loved it and its people .. you wouldn’t be leaving.Recommend

  • Tania
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:36PM

    great piece george.Recommend

  • Farah ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:42PM

    We understand your reasons to leave. Having a child can change our entire outlook toward life. You are justified in desiring a safer environment for your family. But if only you had done so quietly! You are leaving (like you said) because you have a choice to leave. Perhaps I’d have done the same in your shoes. But honestly George, we could have done without your parting shot…… Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Sad to hear that you came here with such joy and hope and left with regret for us as a nation. What more could we have expected from you. You weren’t one of us therefore you could never understand the dynamics of this society and the phase its going through. Be safe from where you came and don’t judge us cuz we’re a target ourselves. I HOPE MY HOPELESS NATION WAKES UP AND REALIZE ITS TRUE IDENTITY AND EMBRACE IT. ITS NOT THAT WE’RE PAKISTANI ITS BECAUSE WE’RE MUSLIMS. THE MORE YOU HATE THE REALITY THE MORE YOU’LL REMAIN IN TURMOIL.

    Muslims first, our ideals first, our religion first. Cuz thats eternal, we will not live forever, this world will note remain but how will you face hereafter with your confused identity. Its a shame how much you have come to hate your own religion(our way of life) without even knowing what it is, have you read and understood quran and sunna why do you run away? Is it cuz you think it asks too much of you to sacrifice?. This is what you have changed people! when will you realize how long will you fight against the truth.

    I ain’t no mulla but i know one thing! i cant go on living blindly life is too short i have to prepare for the hereafter. What will you do? Sink deeper in your sins? Recommend

  • SS
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:45PM

    You will be missed, George. Good luck with everything! Recommend

  • Farah ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:56PM

    We understand your reasons to leave this country. Having a child can change one’s entire outlook towards life. You are justified in desiring a safer world for your family. Perhaps I’d have done the same in your place. You are leaving(as you said) because you have a choice to leave. But if only you had done so quietly! Honestly George, we could have done without your parting shot……. Recommend

  • Ambreen Arif Raja
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:59PM

    Oh George, how right you are that Pakistan is on the brink of destruction and the liberals are scared. Even a nobody like me is scared to voice my views over this “falsely Islamic” blasphemy law. Islam is the religion of tolerance and our egotistical and self righteous mindsets have erased the word tolerance from our dictionaries. I salute you for at least saying all this but we all know it wont change a thing in my beloved country – Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan- an ideological state where not only the ideology is lost but the very reason of her existence as well. When a common man makes a hero out of a murderer then it only means that the worst has come. We have been so completely brainwashed by alleged Islamic scholars that we cant even see that a murder is a Gunah-e-kabeera (biggest sin). This was the Mullah that Allama Iqbal distrusted. The mullah has led us astray. Its heart breaking to see whats happening in this country and its extremely sad to see even people like you giving up. Bless you for doing what you did here and you were an endearing personality here. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Don’t gooo George !!! With the death of Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti and your departure it really does seem as if this country is slowly falling into a well of no future and hope. If people like you give up and surrender to the criticism from those who are too short-sighted to the see the mirror you held up, then there really is no hope. Nevertheless I wish you all the best and hope you do return to the country you once called your own.Recommend

  • abdullah baig
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:07PM

    George! you came here, when Pakistan was in better situation as compared to now. Pakistan and Pakistanis welcomed you with open hearts and gave you respect and more popularity in Pakistan. You got Pakistani citizenship just like that. You became Pakistani, and and part of Pakistan. But of-course, you are a britain by birth, you cannot feel for Pakistan the same way as a real or by birth pakistani does. You pointed out all the bad in this Pakistan. You pointed out a single entity Mumtaz Qadri and projected him on us, the rest of Pakistan. You defined the threshold of Pakistan being a failed state. And Look what you just did, you made all of us feel bad about Pakistan. You made us loose hope that someday Pakistan would be a better place to live. Well, its all about time. You are different, because you actually donot belong here. Your place is britain.

    You must be happy looking at rest of the blogs, “We will miss you George”, and this is the sad part for us, we still showing affection to the person who just humiliated us, and Pakistan. I mean, who are you to define Pakistan and Pakistanis if you are leaving Pakistan in its worst condition. You running away from this country just because this country is facing a hard time. If this is so, you are not welcome here anymore. You dont deserve to be a Pakistani. And since you are a journalist or producer or what ever you define your occupation is, your blog will create a hatred for Pakistan. This is the gift you gave to Pakistan when leaving, and unlikely you, Pakistan gave you all the wonderful memories for he rest of your life. This is the difference between you and Pakistan, and Pakistan defines us!Recommend

  • yaser
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:15PM

    in silence and tears…Recommend

  • Khaula
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:16PM

    george, it was really nice to see you all these years . wishing you good luck for the future. and it was heart wrenching to read the whole article. but we are still hopeful that pakistan will come out of these problems!Recommend

  • Tanveer Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:35PM

    George its really very sad but you must have seen what has been done with our federal minister today. Alas! we dont accept anyone who deviate from our bogus thinking. Our society do not tolerate even the truth whether it is clearly written in our Quran or Hadith only because our Mullas has not certified that. We hope all the best for you in England. May Allah bless us.Recommend

  • Maria Shiraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:44PM

    Dear George,
    As much as I like you ,after reading your article , I am compelled to admit that you are just a “naive gora”. Though one cannot deny the truth of all the malaises ailing Pakistan at current, I am surprised that for one so much in love with Pakistan gave no consideration to the insidious game plan in which we are mere pawns at times. Yes mullahism is a problem, yes we are becoming intolerant, but what of the malevolent forces that come under the garb of friends only to wind the fires of hatred further, because they have seen our potentail? Yes we are stupid to play on their tunes and slap ourselves in the face, BUT how could you blame Pakistan ONLY for ALL that is going on especailly in the light of the new evidence that has come through since the emergence of the Raymond Davies case?

    I understand you want to leave, its your choice and you should do what suits you, but please leave because you have greener pastures to graze on, not because Pakistan seems to have become a desert…. The Bible says “rejoice in your suffering,suffering produces perseverence, perseverance character,and character HOPE (Romans 5:3)…. we have suffered and we have persevered, we have character and we have HOPE….after hope comes time for active participation ….inshAllah things will be MADE better soon….Recommend

  • Muhu
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:45PM

    As a Pakistani I sincerely hope we will be able to correct her and get rid of the extreme mindsets like Mumtaz Qadri and Salman Taseer.
    There are millions of people living here with a mediocre mindset and that is what her strength!
    I would say your final bow to this country is quite meaningful (it could have been better) !!

    Nevertheless…All the best George…Recommend

  • sarwat
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:53PM

    we will miss u, thanks for wonderful memories, keep Pakistan in ur prayers. a true Pakistani would feel the pain, and what u wrote, is every pakistanis problem… u have a good life.. Recommend

  • Amna
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:54PM

    I think George did enjoy the love from people in Pakistan. His show could not go on if there was not strong feedback. Probably i had watched one or two episodes only. it appeared to me that his show was just exploiting another weakness i.e. ‘white skin’ of Pakistani society. obviously who bothers about how a pakistani tries to ‘adjust’ here – it may be a shock for some but even if you have lived a lifetime here u find it hard to ‘adjust’ with society sometimes. but it was quite fascinating for ppl that a ‘gora’ is here and learning about this society. the show was sold to ppl of pakistan.

    the complex of ‘english language’ and ‘white skin’ is deeply rooted in our society.

    my question is – what George did for Pakistani society by using media? He got fame here. he could have used ‘media’ to address the issues he has raised in his article – what stopped him?

    I can’t buy CNN/Fox news story line that army or its intelligence are the sole culprits for present chaos (incidents are usually blown out of proportion and for me such incidents are very calculated moves to project certain image).

    Today he has decided to leave Pakistan – he did not mention any reasons which has forced him to leave – did he has any threats? did he inform authorities? did no one take notice of his complaints? what were the actual reasons to leave?

    everyone is concerned about whats happening here and find it grave. But rest of Pakistani will FIX this instead of letting anyone HIJACK their society or letting anyone be the sole SPOKE PERSON/REPRESENTATIVE of it.Recommend

  • nazia riaz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:57PM

    you are one of them who r not as called pakistani,but is deeply in luv wid this land,which no no doubt gave you d fame “george ka pkaistan”.your voice is required as we d young youth really need sumone who has hope in yourself for the citizens of pakistan esp for this pakisan.i must say if you truely in luv thats not the right way to leave it,better to fight for the sake of this beautiful land rather than taking this step …..anyhow, we much need light of reason in a land that continues to fall to the forces of darkness and evil……Recommend

  • Mehwish
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Sorry is a very small word…………..but guess that is what we are left with:(
    Hope and pray Allah blesses you and your family always……… came to a land which is being abandoned by its own people…….yet you didn’t get what you deserved!!
    Sorry George……….hope and pray one day you could come back without any fear!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:00PM

    pakistan was kind to accept you …….though we divorced you in1947….Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:06PM

    It was obvious.
    That documentary was a so called reality show.
    Jeorge i know your show is over so you had to leave.Recommend

  • hasan ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:11PM

    bye dudeRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:12PM

    Dear George ! I am reading this article of yours with tears in my eyes !
    What can I say …yes ! me too ( a BORN PAKISTANI … A BORN MUSLIM )… me too LOST all my hopes when I read out Facebook comments on Salaman TAseer Brutal Murder !
    I am studying abroad & was anxiously waiting to go back to my Motherland after completing my studies but NOW I lost MY HOPES …… HUMAN were in Majority when I left my country But now they are in MINORITY ! Why should I go back to a Place where HUMANS are KILLED by animals just because the Humans COMMIT HUMANITY ! Recommend

  • Moiz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:15PM

    I wish we could have met. i love reading your articles. you are one of those who introduced me to the liberal mindset, in the midst of extremist friends. you have touched more people than you could possibly know. you are right in whatever you say, but still i cannot stop myself from giving it a feeble attempt to make you stayRecommend

  • Mustafa
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Divorce or End of Honeymoon?
    Goodbye George. I really enjoyed your original GEO show. Unfortunately I felt that your article is very emotional and lacks objectivity. For one, your love for Pakistan could have been better appreciated by Pakistanis if you had chosen to write this in a Pakistani newspaper (there is a proverb for this but we all know that). You generalized your opinion to whole of Pakistani society, when I thought you, out of all the people, should know that our country is being held hostage by a very small but very violent and extremist minority. Never in any elections in Pakistan, religious parties got more than 5% seats and people involved in these acts don’t even belong to the mainstream religious parties. Establishment bashing is a favorite pass time of the social elite in Pakistan (since they make their opinions on reading foreign newspapers rather than anything else) but I wish it was that simple. The genie of extremism is much bigger and complicated and has a direct link with that region’s geopolitics. The answer to the problem lies in solving the geopolitics of that region and not saying that Pakistan’s society is rotting. We hope people like you can help bring a change for the better and influence people’s opinions. Please take this is a constructive critique for your future writings.
    Best wishes
    Mustafa Recommend

  • Usman Mirza
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Though it’s an oft-used saying but I shall refer to it nonetheless; they say you don’t leave your house when it’s on fire, you try to do your bit to put the fire out…

    I still remember the day when “George Ka Pakistan” first came out and I was quite amused with the whole idea. What even amused me even further was when George decided to settle down in Pakistan. That was certainly one BIG committment, a committment many in my circle doubted one would be able to stick to.

    Though I obviously completely respect George’s decision, however, this should also enable us to actually appreciate the patience, perseverence and committment of millions of Pakistanis whose dedication and faith in this country is entrenched well beyond their passport and who opt to stay and do their bit in the hope that one day things will change for the better instead of abandoning their motherland due to tough times.Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:20PM

    i read all the coments. and now i m ashamed to be a pakistani not becus a liberal george is leaving pakistan……. liberty freedom fiternity 99% pakistanies dont understand these words but still they believ these things wil bring gud 4 them…. my land is pakistan but i m not a nationalist and i m proud of it.. and i still believ we r far les extreamist then these liberals.. like franch , U have freedom to undress urself but u dont have freedom to dress urself… if pakistan mean la ilaha ilallah then we shud not ask 4 freedom. and george plz we have nothing 2 loose but gain.. now goooo back and tc of ur civilization and ur country and suport the peacful kilings of muslims in afghanistan and iraqRecommend

  • hassan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:22PM

    come back janiiii……..don’t leave…Pakistan loves you and that land is very sincere and loving…you will come back very sooonnnn……n forget about being a failed state…… much these politicians eat….we will grow every sec….InshaAllah…. take good care of yourself whereever you livee…May Allah bless you with lots of happiness AmeenRecommend

  • aisha aisha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Hey George,,,you have all my support with this wise descision that youve made…everybody who gets an opportunity should pack their bags and leave…because i agree the situation of this country is deteriorating by the day….but writing this article and letting its peoples hopes down is so not on…not everybody is fortunate enough to leave this country…and they have accepted this is the place theyre going to end up in…be it in a suicide bomb attack or target killings…so you have no right to tell them how bleak their future is…and take away their satisfaction in terms of hope for this country and the mere thought which is giving them the reason to keep going, And let me tell you…anything could happen anywhere in the world….so if you think nothing could ever happen to you in a secure place like wherever youre moving to…think again! Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:30PM

    @ ALL ………those who comparing Pakistan with other countries in Crises …plz just tell me one country that was LIBERAL , WEALTHY , EDUCATED , UNITED , BRILLIANT , DEVELOPED when CREATED & after 60 years it goes to Rubble not even like HIROSHIMA & Nagasaki bcoz there people DEAD not BRAINWASHED for centuries !Recommend

  • Tanveer
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Indeed you divorcing my motherland and returning to your motherland ,you have taken a right decission,,sure in bad times you can leave your inlaws not your mother..May God take care of you and Faiz ,do send him back some time i am sure he would love to return back to his motherland.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:31PM

    hhhhmmmmmmmm…leaving right when ISI said it’ll takeup anyone working like Raymond Davis was working…quite spooky…aint that!Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:32PM


    Let him go Faraz. If something happen to this gentleman then we will never fogive us throughout our lifeves.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:35PM

    @Aisha Randhawa:

    Its already proved Aisha. Bangladesh is vital example. Its not good to close eyes despite eradicating the causes that bring us in this closed street.Recommend

  • saad rasul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Its 5:00Am here in aussie and am reading your post and without intention tears are in my eyes. I cannot say to change yur decision. But all I can say is you were missed by Pakistan. There’s lot of foreigners are in Pakistan but why you gonna be remember in Pak and other countries as well where pakistanis are residing and they know you and admiring you. Why? Why? Why??
    Because you deserve this and you trying to show true picture of Pakistan to all over the world. On behalf of all Pakistanis from all over the world , we appreciate your effort. Hope you come back soon with a bang.

    Wish you all the very very besttt and thanks again to get people reAlize that we living in a country which is fAr better than other world. ThAnks


  • oddsilver
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:38PM

    Dear George, thank you for bringing smiles to our faces. Do remember this… most of us here love you. Wish you all the best. You shall be missed indeed..Safe travels!!!Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Let him go anon, before that its too late. We dont deserve this gentleman.Recommend

  • Faheem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:41PM

    A very touchy and sad article. Shows just how much you loved this country! But I am afraid George you are not the only one who feels that way… there are many others like you who gave up and left the country. The people have gone paranoid….To be honest we are all worried for this country as much as you are! However, there’s still hope and God willing we’ll see this country through these tough times to bring her back on her feet!

    I deeply respect your love for this country and let me assure you that you will be deeply missed George!Recommend

  • Dr. Bilal Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:45PM

    George ka Pakistan made me question me, my attitude towards my country, Pakistanis attitude towards Pakistan…In the end i was in tears, now reading this article tears well up again in my eyes, watching a man, a good man leaving an already forsaken land which needs people like you. Many thanks to you on behalf of my family…May all the sorrows of the Pure Land (Pakistan) be solved one day!!! Amen!Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:47PM

    You are the biggest looser dear Pakistan – all, one by one leaving you. You have place for the terrorists but you have no corner for your lovers. You are such a looser but I love you as I belong to you as I have millions of reasons to hate you and do not find a single reason to love you – but even I love you. Go and sad goodbye to another your lover.Recommend

  • razia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:00AM

    i wonder, george, if you understands and acknowledges the role of sinister forces, raw, cia, mosad,.. play in creating chaos in pakistan? raymond davis is the one we stumbled upon, how many other ‘fitnas’ are running around loose wreaking havoc?Recommend

  • Shadab
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Dear George,
    By spending few years, you exactly pointed out whats wrong with this society but majority of us simply failed to understand it. you’ll be missed.
    Regards and respect

  • Ikram Ullah
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:08AM

    Good Bye George Bhai.You made the right choice.I would have done the same if I was as lucky as you are means that if I had another NATIONALITY.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 12:13AM

    George is a great person and a great intellectual. He was an asset whose loss will be visible.

    But, somehow I am slightly happy that he is leaving. George started treading into a territory he shouldn’t have. He had no right to say what he was saying. I guess people know what I am talking about.

    Good Bye George. Recommend

  • Fatima
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:14AM

    Instead of mourning over the departure of George, you better mourn over the reason why he is leaving people. It is just a sad state of affairs. All of us cry over the depravities which we have had to face, but has any of us ever thought what we are giving back to this nation in return? We cry over injustices, brutalities and shattered hopes, but something has to be purified first in order for the good to fill in later. Until and unless we get rid of all the evil at all levels, we will not be able to proceed any further. Raise your voice, let’s get rid of this evil!
    George is leaving because he could not get what he was looking for; he tried to put in an effort, got disappointed and made up his mind to go back to the luxuries of his land. He is not to be blamed for that, if any of us was given the chance, we wouldn’t even think twice. But this is our homeland, our only hope. It’s about time we don’t let our hopes shatter, we will be left with nothing then…not even a hopeRecommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Well George, it is easy to point finger at us but look what your own country (the USA) has been doing to us and Islam over the years. Cant you see any relationship between US policies towards Pakistan and Islam during the cold war, particularly after the soviet invasion of Afghanistan? Didnt your gencies and ours together used and misued religion for political and military objectives? Arent today’s terrorists yesterday’s heroes for the USA and Pakistan? And now you blame Pakistan and Pakistanis to run away to you safe land USA, not having the courage and herosim of a man to stand up and live and die for a cause!!! How long will you live after all? Will you be remebred the same way as the author of Three Cups of Tea or H.M.Close?
    And just one more question: what would you have done in the USA of 1861-1865???I guess you would have run away for life as civil war raged throughout USA. But there are those who stood for the principles and took USA where it is now. Fighters, not deserters, change the course of history in their favour George!!!
    As far violent extremism, ask Uncle Sam and CIA to stop its globar war mongering and there shall be peace. We had no such militancy before you brought this upon us after the post soviet invasion in Afghanistan. Even then you are totally wrong in conclusing that extremism enjoys popularity and liberalism is dwindling in Pakistan. Sorry George, you didnt understand the reality even in ten years!
    Go George Go! you never belonged to Pakistan. But dont blame her for your own inability to remain loyal to her. Long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Fanatically Optimistic
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Dear George,
    You are entitled to your views. I on the other hand choose to stand my ground and perhaps will go down with the ship if thats here fate. But who knows? maybe she and I will reach the other end of the rainbow :)
    Wish you all the best.

  • Sahar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:28AM

    George, this country and its people have given you a LOT of love and will continue to do so. I have a feeling you’ll be back soon. Till then, keep safe. :)Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 12:30AM

    George is very straightforward in explaining his Emotions & reasons to saying goodbye but unfortunately still my countrymen are trying to make some Conspiracy theory out of this sad event … i.e: when somebody Showing us the REAL state of Affairs in Pakistan.Recommend

  • adam
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:33AM

    We will miss you GEORGE!
    Musharraf was right, Pakistan ka khuda he hafiz!
    Dont know how long will Pakistan live :(Recommend

  • Adeel Asif
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Pakistani people are responsible for their current condition. They choose the corrupt politicians and think they can change their conditions. WE are proud of braking laws. Even a taxi driver crosses red light and considers himself a hero. Whoever has greater powers contributes in law breaking.
    this article is a slap on our face and we deserve it. No foreigner can live in this society of fraud, two faced ppl, corruption and the list goes on. GOOD BYE GEORGE.Recommend

  • ASIF
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:46AM

    failed state means state unable to protect the rights of its citizens whatever their religion is.
    do we feel our all citizenship rights are protected? this is first failure then comes the failure of institutions which stage may not comeRecommend

  • Nadir
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:50AM

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. Great article. You are absolutely correct in your description of our liberal elite and their actions.

    While certainly nobody can blame you for leaving, and this country definitely hasn’t done its share to avoid the brain drain (let alone attracting brilliant individuals as yourself to the country), it is none the less ironic that the steps you are about to take in fact is one of the things that is leading the country down this path. While a very small part of the whole problem, and more a side-effect than a cause, but still I have partially always blamed the empty patriotism of our elites who can afford to crow on about their great country and all it gives them, yet hold dual nationalities and leave at the first sign of trouble. The irony that I live in Canada and say this is not lost on me either.Recommend

  • Hamzah
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Well George it was great having you here in Pakistan, i know it’s a very difficult state to survive in with lots of malice to adjust with, but being a devoted Pakistani, committed to the purpose and sanity in the creation of Pakistan, we will most certainly achieve the status of a welfare state for all the good people in the world, it might take more than one generation and even a couple more, but its just the start of our state, remember, Europe and the America’s also went through centuries of adversity and wars and calamities to come to their present so-called status of being part of the new developed and peaceful world. Same is the case with Pakistan, education is coming to Pakistan in heaps and mounds now that i see thousands of students being educated by teachers which are almost as good as those teaching at Harvard and MIT or even Cambridge and Oxford Universities and some are even better than those teaching in your schools, and i have come to realize that it is us Pakistanis who are largely responsible for the educated people status your country has come to achieve now.
    PS. I won’t stop you from leaving Pakistan because you are to make that decision for youself and on your own, which actually proves how much less grit you have within yourself.
    Sorry for the post script, but i just felt like saying what I said.
    Wishing you the best of success in all future endeavors George,
    Take Care
    Hamzah Riaz
    Age: 26
    Post Graduate MBA Student
    GC University, Lahore,

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 1:03AM

    Dear George,

    Hearing you say so is profoundly sad! I wish we could do more to undo the last fifty years and start over. It is easier said than done…but hope remains…while people like us mourn the loss and accept the failure…hope lingers…maybe we can light more candles and fight the darkness. And so we shall…

    I am one citizen of the nation that you claim rejected you. I speak up for the ones that didn’t. Just because the cynics and extremists are the ones shouting the loudest does not mean that the entire nation is doomed to devastation and ignorance. It is people with education and moderation like us who are equally to blame. Our silence makes it easier for fundamentalists to seem stronger than they actually are. I do not deny the extremists lurking in our crowds, I just point out the millions who are not full of hatred and vengeance based on creed or religion.

    Do not give up hope my friend. Life on this planet depends on our absolute optimism. The world needs to be a better place for our future generations. You are welcome to bid farewell to an era and maybe to a nation as well, but not to hope and faith. Be a part of the solution to a nation that embraced you as its own… and the problems will disappear with time. We will bring change and harmony. there is always hope. Look in the pages of history and tell me honestly if all nations have not undergone the same process of civilization and despair. It is after centuries of misery and suffering that nations learn to be more tolerant of change. man is the worst enemy of mankind. Let us fight against this madness and bring chaneg to a society doomed to intolerance.

    You are a Pakistani. always will be….Pakistan Paindabad!Recommend

  • Kabir Das
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:04AM

    George, there is not much difference between you and me the way we think and feel about what is happening in Pakistan even though you were not born and brought up in this country like I did. However, it is not because of this reason that you are leaving Pakistan today while I stay put. You are leaving today this god forsaken citadel of Islam because you have an option to do so and I am staying put only because I have no such option.
    I am sure if you had any misgivings about your ‘divorce’ they would have been wiped out after the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti today.
    Wish you better luck whereever you go but do pray for us since we are in a pit now from where we can come out with the help of prayers only ….. nothing else will work now.Recommend

  • salma
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:08AM

    it is a sad day when a celebrated Pakistani leaves us. for every ten jihadis there were hundred loving you for accepting us as we are. the country’s problem is not the elements you talk of, no, it is us who leave it . we no longer believe in ourselves so why would anyone believe in us. if all good people leave then we will be left in the hands of such people as you have described(so well!) and that george bhai saheb is the crux of our problemRecommend

  • madiha
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Good for you George! Pakistani born natives of the country are running away while we are still alive. I definitely don’t think its a place for sane, rational or peaceful people to live or migrate to. its the land of the corrupt, violent, intolerant, irrational conspiracy theory makers and no we the people of Pakistan cannot change anything because rational and peace loving pakistaniz are just a minority now. a very very small minority which is disappearing gradually. most pakistaniz are just extremists and hate mongering morons. i don’t know if its the effect of our primitive education system, or the upbringing of our elder generations, or the version of islam being preached over there for decades now, but all i know is that life in ‘many other countries’ is like living in heaven compared to living in pakistan. i feel more safe here, i’m treated like a human being (despite being a girl), i can go out and not be abused by men. i have rights here that i never had in pakistan. and i know thousands of people over there who might not admit it but they are just waiting to get an opportunity (and a visa) to run from pakistan alive. its easier to sit outside pakistan and observe but it was hell living over there.
    I think you’re doing a wonderful thing for you and your family by leaving the God forsaken country. Its not even safe to live there for a Gora any more (or anyone actually) the whole world is open for you and maybe if you feel like it, you can do charity work or something for your ‘ex’ from here. thats the best anyone can do now for the country nowRecommend

  • MAS
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:14AM

    You will always be a part of Pakistan, she might scare you for now but its does that to all of us (aka the ones born here) and we too want to leave it for good. So your leaving makes you more of a Pakistani than and ever and like all her sons you will come back one day. Recommend

  • khalid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:15AM

    You have said what I had been saying for the last 2 years. The Pakistan I knew ended 2 years ago. Thanks for reminding us the reasons for your leaving.

    Best of luck.Recommend

  • Nosher Wan Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Coming from an expat, this really is a cause for sadness. We’ve heard time and again about people complaining over the deplorable situation of this country, but to see someone who came to this land with hopes of building a life here in the steepness of all its culture and heritage, only to end up facing adversity and disappointment… it’s a crying shame, really.

    This only goes to show how alarming our current situation is. Arrogantly claiming Pakistan to be a noble state and shunning those who provide a voice of reason is no longer a tactic that should be implemented by us. The need for change is of the essence, both for our sake and the sake of the future generations we leave this nation to.

    Farewell, George. Even though I did not know you, I still feel for you and hope you find the best in whatever you pursue for the future.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Good bye George, I appreciate your concerns and worries about Pakistan but like others you are also blind in one eye.

    I saw you ruling the minds and hearts of the welcoming Pakistani for about a decade but you are not the son of this soil so no expectation from you. You never burnt your boats, opting for an escape should be good for you. Thanks for encouraging the uneducated and extremist mindset, they have made another Gora escape from this holy land. Please go, we have been living here for centuries and we will continue to stay here generations-to-generations. We are very much capable of protecting our homeland. I know we look weak, defeated and down at present but make sure we are not.Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:20AM

    I enjoyed watching your series. I appreciate you venturing into Pakistan when most people were running away. and I am happy that you found your wonderful life partner. The problem with Pakistan is that the inital leadership and vision of Pakistan didnt stay with us for a very long time. Jinnah and liaqat ali khan didnt stick around long enough to put Pakistan in the right direction. Then coupled with some greedy/ power hungry politicians (feudal lords) and corrupt army generals, Pakistan never took the route to economic growth and prospertity that would have shielded us from anty sort of extremism that we face today. The politicians and relegious fanatics exploited ethnic and religious differences to further segregate the pakistani society for their own political gains. When Mush came into power there was some hope for some sort of national integrity, accountability and grass root democracy however those hopes have faded away with his departure.

    All this said we are still a young nation and it has taken some of the most developed and progressive nations in the world today, decades of unrest and multiple revolutions to get to where they are today. One day we will get there too. Recommend

  • mimran301
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:41AM

    If sarcastic nature of our politics was not helping you to move on, here is one more anecdote for your help. Now add ” Minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti”s death for more lamenting. Founding fathers of this country used to say proudly, ”we will make Pakistan, a laboratory of Islam, where people of Pakistan will make experiments to make Pakistan a Leader of Islamic world”. Now Islamists are trying hard in that laboratory to make it totally pure country, where only they will live. They are killing almost every significant person on their way. I tell you their is no chance that they will ever stop.
    Somebody said,” only good Muslim are those, who do not practice Islam at all”. Soon perhaps we have to agree with this quote. As Islamists will not leave any Christian or Hindu alive. Christians are being killed brutally and Hindus are fleeing to India. Death Angels are roaming in every street of Pakistan. Only in 2011 so for, 22 case of blasphemy has been registered. We will see all that Puritans will terminate them to make country total Pak-istan.So my message to Georgie boy ” Pakistan sey zinda baagh” and I tell you, soon you will consider yourself lucky one.Recommend

  • JBY
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:44AM

    Imran save pakistan

    What a big joke!! :)Recommend

  • Ali Hamza
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:47AM

    Surely it feels as if a part of me is about to leave me, yet again. With a deep sense of affection I have admired you right from the days of George Ka Pakistan, I was so proud of knowing that you are just like my brother, from another mother, but we are fellow citizens of this precious motherland. Now I can’t promise I would be there to wave you goodbye but I do promise that you will always be remembered & missed fondly, for the person you are, were & will continue to be inshAllah.
    May God be your Protector Georgey!!! Recommend

  • Enver Khorasanee
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:51AM

    “Nor do I want to discredit the tireless work of the thousands who remain to improve the lives of millions of Pakistanis.”

    George the “thousands who remain to improve the lives of millions of Pakistanis.” What ‘thousands’ are you talking about? Those ‘thousands’ are only in your imagination. This is a doom nation what the Quran counts as ‘those people of lut’

    You can take that to the bank.
    Enver KhorasaneeRecommend

  • saira malik
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:57AM

    Dear George, Its really very sad that things did nt work between u and kiran, but i think realtionships of adults between each other is truely their personal business. Coming back to the point , pakistan labelized as failed state is wrong because failed state doenot survive and with grace of God , Pakistan is still surviving and will survive in future too. There were people who celebrated salman taseers death but if u remember there were large community in paksitan who also condemned his death plus condemned in tolerant behaviours of few in tolerant beings. We the people of pakistan are going through the problem of finding ourselves as nation which we have lost because of our selfish interests. Recommend

  • Afza Asif
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:58AM

    Dear George ,
    I just came back from United States after completing six months Student Exchange program. The purpose of the Program was to built mutual understanding between people of Pakistan and United States . I was the only and First Pakistani student at the campus. A wave of fascination used to follow me around as I sit and talk to people about Pakistan and political controversy that surrounds the region. I had to be a part of western value system .
    Falling in love with America and people was not a surprise ,because i opened my heart and mind to understand and respect the culture and values in USA. They looked up to me as a hope for Pakistan , just as you are.
    Frequently I was asked a question ” Do you guys hate Americans , are we not allowed in your country ? “. I used to quote your example , that how you have made yourself part of Pakistan , in such a small period and how much you are loved. And I left them with promises of visiting Pakistan very soon.
    It is ok to question the defined establishment narratives, as many of us do , because its a democracy. I also did, there are lot of things in USA i don’t approve of and I think its a very brutal nation to leave old parents in old houses and the religious intolerance against Muslim communities and blacks . But it is for people like you and myself , who have lived two different lives , have practiced both values to make things transparent for people of the country.
    I believe if Pakistan is today a few steps away from destruction , its because of the both foreign establishments and local. They are to blamed equally for sabotaging the integrity and sustainability. We cannot make changes in our religion , but we do need more transparency in “WHO IS FAIR TO PAKISTAN AND WHO IS ENEMY IN DISGUISE” .
    I hope you return one day.
    Afza Asif
    Business Administration student Recommend

  • Mujtaba Abid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:09AM

    if you are leaving the country because of the situation this country is going through then i am sure u ll be back soon to see the better Pakistan …Recommend

  • faiza
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:12AM

    well…i thought u were a Pakistani citizen…now i know where ur loyalties lie…or should i say u don’t even know what loyalty mean…it means sticking close in good times but sticking together even closer in bad ones.i agree that we are facing a really tough situation and can understand ur decision…if every one is jumping off the bridge who would like to join them right?!….well i don’t know about u but if all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn’t follow. I’d be at the bottom to catch them when they fall…thats loyalty n love n its not “conditional”.even if i have “the luxury to leave” which many others don’t i would stay back…i’ll move against the tides and i’ll try with all my might to mend the hole of this “sinking ship” coz my loyalty and love for Pakistan is not “conditional” or “temporary” its forever n ever n ever coz at the end of the day its MY country and i OWN it.i OWN its good things and its bad things…i OWN it with all her faults and no matter how hard the wind blows WE are not gonna bow to it.good luck Mr George. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!Recommend

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:14AM

    I agree with most of your comments. However the one thing I find astounding is your loss of focus on the positives. The way things have turned out has no doubt disappointed the masses; However, in my view Pakistan since its independence has had its host of issues – everything from sectarianism….to perceived external threats to political parties playing people against each other for their personal agendas. Nonetheless, I feel patriotism lives in every one of us – it might mean different things to individuals – but at the end of the day every single one of us would be as proud as the other whenever the “PAKISTANI” cricket team overcomes its opponents (be it canada/kenya) In my fortunate lifetime, all the Pakistan’s that I have come across bear ONE indistinguishable quality…the fact that they are proud to be called “PAKISTANI” and the fact that they hate to classify themselves as “Asian” (as they are often made to do so on certain forms). In our hearts we know that countries who got independent at the same time we did have progressed a lot more economically; yet our tongues tie up when we try and confess that. My only point is that hopefully one day this patriotism will find common grounds amongst the population of the country – I have yet to meet an individual who I felt could not make a difference to the country – It’s all about all these individuals somehow collecting under one roof with a single agenda. Recommend

  • Mujtaba Abid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:25AM

    what i see in above posts is hopelessness for the country they live in, realizing the situation of Pakistan is very good but a good fighter is not the one who backs off when have to fight the bigger army rather the one who fights back and defeats the enemy ! Recommend

  • Yasir M
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:26AM

    It was painful to read this article, not because that what you write largely reflects the truth about the country but because of your utterly unthankful way of saying good-bye. In your stay, you have enjoyed all the hospitality (which I certainly like) of Pakistanis that exponentially goes up for a “goora sahib”. This ordinary “goora sahib” journalist perhaps couldn’t imagine all the fame and popularity, that he accumulated from his media presence in Pakistan, in his own country. Yet I agree that your grievances are right but this would also be not so wrong to say that in any culture we have to respect/tolerate the widespread (sometimes dogmatic) beliefs of the society. Some recent, if not similar but related, examples are two arrests, one in France and other in Germany, over the anti-semitic comments. I as a Pakistani, have to tolerate popular sentiments even when differing with the prevalent religious dogmas, hoping that someday these will be marginalized with more education. Moreover, people in literate communities, for example Asma Jhangir types, still speak vibrantly and candidly, and try to spread the word politely to the mobs.
    You, to my knowledge, have lived in big cities, worked with educated and liberal muslims, and even have a Pakistani wife. Therefore, I don’t see any good reason for you to use quasi-abusive language instead of saying a full of gratitude good-bye. My respect for you would’ve multiplied if you had said all this after working, for example, in the interior Sindh, struggling for women rights, confronting a brutal feudal lord etc.
    Lastly, your stated “facts” show that you’ve recently read some good book on the history/creation of Pakistan. My sincere advice is to continue reading and don’t form an opinion with a little/broken knowledge (although I don’t object upon on any of the stated facts).


  • Sajid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:36AM

    jo buray waqt mein saath chorrh jaye… wo kesa dost…!
    if i am pakistan… i won’t leave it!Recommend

  • Arsalan Waleed
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:44AM

    George. By the time it reaches you, it’ll be too late and u must had left my land. Just wanted to tell you that u and ur family was always loved by me and our people. Thank You for everything, every single thing u did for us. The columns, morning shows, documentry…everything. THANK YOU. i bestow my best regards for your future. I’ll surely miss you. Please do pray for us as ours are not heared. NOT anymore.

  • A Syed
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:48AM

    What a big, big shame for Pakistan. I feel utterly ashamed and embarrased and depressed to be a Pakistani after reading this. Our society has turned into perhaps the most savage, barbaric and uncivilized men on this planet. What a tremendous disgrace. Recommend

  • Norman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:53AM

    it’s about time.Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:03AM

    Its alright Goerge. Where ever you are going you would still be a plane’s journey away and can always go back to Pakistan or visit there. We all get emotional – so you are right in taking a break.

    Pakistan’s problems which you have discovered [for your selves more so than for others' knowledge, cause they are more or less known to the educated middle class] are deep routed and inter mingled. However by addressing a lot of fundamental issues such as establishing justice and the rule of law, have a strong education system, and irredication of corruption – a lot of these problems can be dealt with. For my part i support the Tehreek e Insaf and hope that we will bring the desired change. However it will not happen over night.
    The Country has a 60 year history. If you look at british history they have been through some hopeless times. The scotts and the english were fighting even in the 18th century among themselves, and you can hardly find a european neighbour they didnt have wars with at different times and centuries. All that was not entirely wise and could have been avoided. I am not suggesting that it would take us centuries to become sensible but it seems it will take a little while longer. If you had a good time in Pakistan, just start contributing in what ever little way you can once your break ends – Cheers.Recommend

  • Sikandar Changezi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:12AM

    I might sound a bit insolent, but this is the difference between one of our own, and a foreigner. People living in the West are taught since the childhood to look for greener pastures, so they don’t think twice before ditching their own family. Brother, I too live in Pakistan. I’ve been kidnapped once and was tried to get ridden of, and threatened by local goon political parties. More than half of my family lives abroad but I never gave in to their advices of moving abroad. Had it been someone else I would’ve put forward a question about what if your real mother was fatally sick, would u have ditched her too? But I’d not put such a question forward to people like u. You were born, raised and taught to climb the success ladder, kicking aside all relations. Pakistan was an aspiring country for u when u wanted to gain fame, now when u’ve earned what u longed for, Pakistan is a sick b–ch u should flee away from.

    I am amazed by my fellow Pakistanis who welcome such selfish beings into their homeland. I live at a place where I’m targetted for my ethnicity but I still love the place and people. If there are 8 racists, I find solace in the company of 3 who are like my brothers and stand next to me. Swear to it that you don’t have 3 sincere Pakistanis standing by you and I’d uderstand the reasons for your return to your real homeland.

    We have survived for the past 60+ years, and Pakistan shall remain on World Map in one shape or another for the times to come. All economic or social formula fail when it comes to calculating the future of Pakistan. By contemporary studies, Pakistan should have died by now, but still when you’d look back from the departure lounge of airport, you’d see the swarms of Pakistanis walking tall. You might come back after 20 years and you’d find the same Pakistan, and almost similar hospitality. But your own conscience (if you still have a living one) would tell you that you’ve lost respect while bidding adieu, looking for a better future for your own family and blemishing the face of Pakistan by expressing above-mentioned words of yours.

    Good bye, George. Pakistan is rich. It gave you more than what you came looking for and it has a lot more to offer to similar empty-handed booty-hunters.Recommend

  • Fehmeed
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:28AM

    Sad to see you leave like this. At least you have the luxury to choose, While others have no choice.I do hope that we wake up as a nation and address these issues soon. So we have a Pakistan to return to.Recommend

  • Noman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:44AM

    Don’t go George,
    What kind of partner are you ? leaving your love, your people when they are in need of you. Please don’t go, stay here and keep doing a good work. we still hope that, we will rise up again. Recommend

  • Mrs Noreen Bilgrami
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:20AM

    Dear George,
    I am glad you are having a break, don’t you worry. Yes its tough times in Pakistan, but Pakistan will be ok. Its people will keep it alive as always. Our glass is always half full.
    This land came into existence for a cause and it will survive because its people will survive
    and Insha Allah with all the ups and downs, our Pakistan will be well and healed.
    George you are one of its sons, so be it if you are physically moving away, but keep praying that our Pakistan comes out of these trying times. Wether you return or not, but like us who live abroad, we pray each day that Allah showers His rehmat on this beautiful mother of ours. Amin.
    All the best in your future, don’t forgrt, its Pakistan where you found the love of your life, its Pakistan where your son came into your life… and billions of Pakistanis smiled to know you are one of them.. and shall always remain so….see ya.. someday.. lots of hugzRecommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 4:23AM

    We only get one life to live! Why waist it here!
    If our 1st generation sacrificed then our 2nd generation sacrificed too….then 3rd…n then 4th….when r we going to be able to live in peace?
    Pakistan, good name we got, good pple we had, fundamentals long lost, ethics were not thought to the present generations & sacrifices are long forgotten! we just know how to gain or snatch more than our neighbors as if u dnt then someone else will!
    everyone is scared of each other! everyone is hiding…Everyone is greedy…everyone has double standards…I can’t type any more as its just sad…i do not want my kids to live in this confused & greedy nation!Recommend

  • anonymous
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:28AM

    millat kay saath rabtaa-i-ustawaar rakh
    pewasta reh shajr se umeed-e-bahaar rakh (iqbal)Recommend

  • Hamza Rehman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:42AM

    Its Sad to here you are leaving.But I always got the impression that you never really felt and behave Pakistani,and where more like a Tourist.There is nothing wrong with questioning the Army and the ISI or Calling Pakistan a Failed State, Many Pakistanis do that.But the angle from which you attacked the ISI was the western centric view, failed to see how Pakistan lives in fear of its Much Larger Nieghbour. You called Pakistan a failed state, from your high horse.But There are many ethnic pakistani Liberals like you, but I had hoped after spending 8 years in Pakistan, you would hear more of our side of the story rather than just repeating what Think Thanks in Washington come up with.

    Pakistan is failing and day by days it getting worse.But the difference between you and me is I have 3 plans to for Pakistan
    A) To Change Pakistan or die Trying
    B) To Change Pakistan or die Trying
    C) To Change Pakistan or die Trying

    Good Luck in you new Life in England.Recommend

  • shiraz samad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:44AM

    thats sad that is george….although let me tell you one thing,i have just came back from englang after five years and can still be proud about the upbringing that you get in is way better comparatively, takecare of your son because their are millions of kids in england who are doing nothing but are junkies,so pakistan is proud not to have that atleast,and this is only one example i can give you thousands like these.just go to a mosque on kings road and see why the posh white schools are taking the kids to see juma prayers as a field trip, and ask them why are they doing it?.youll know what pakistan has and england doesnt.Recommend

  • Hamza Rehman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:50AM

    Its Sad to hear you are leaving.But I always got the impression that you never really felt and behaved like Pakistani,and were more like a Glorified Tourist.There is nothing wrong with questioning the Army and the ISI or Calling Pakistan a Failed State, Many Pakistanis do that.But the angle from which you attacked the ISI was the western centric view, failed to see how Pakistan lives in fear of Indian agression and how Zardari & Shariff would sell Pakistan for a green card in a second. You called Pakistan a failed state, from your high horse not as a fellow Pakistani.There are some liberal pakistanis who view pakistan has been guilty for everything but I had hoped after spending 8 years in Pakistan, you would hear more of our side of the story rather than just repeating what Think Thanks in Washington come up with.I had hoped you would drop the anglo-american view of the world as many people are doing all over America and Europe.Seeing the darker side of world affairs.Im also disappointed on how you define Liberal,many centrist and practising muslim where disgusted by action of Mumtaz Qadri.

    Pakistan is failing and day by days it getting worse.But the difference between you and me is I have 3 plans for Pakistan
    A) To Change Pakistan or die Trying
    B) To Change Pakistan or die Trying
    C) To Change Pakistan or die Trying

    Good Luck in you new Life in England.Recommend

  • mehdi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:58AM

    I see the pain, anger and disillusionment, you have conveyed that well but what you have failed to convey are the reasons for this dejection. Sure times are bad but when were they ideal?
    I feel for you, it’s hard trying to fit in where suddenly you don’t feel very welcome isn’t it? I have been thru that in my adopted country post 9/11 and I’m sure thousands others have too. U were at least lucky to be welcomed with open arms, becoming an overnight celebrity all because of our fascination with goras, sorry to be blunt but that was your claim to fame. Now that the novelty has worn off and people are becoming jaded and wary of goras post Raymond Davis, I’m sure things are not looking rosy.Recommend

  • H.N
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:10AM

    You tried to be a part of an environment where you didn’t belong. You tried to be a Pakistani, but you could never be one of us. This is what you have proved by writing this mocking article. We, being Pakistani, have no where to go. This is our land, and we will stay here until death. You proved that your so called ‘relation’ with Pakistan was only a marriage of convenience. As long as you were getting the goodies, you stayed. Now that Paksitan is in times of crisis, you plan to abandon her. This is all i have to reply to your mocking article on a place i call ‘home’. Please don’t plan to come back. Foreigners like you give a bad name to the western world. Recommend

  • J-tro
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:29AM

    At the guy who wrote the story


  • Umna
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:32AM

    Hey George .. I’m so sorry to hear that you have to leave Pakistan… But, i hope all those years that you spent in Pakistan were great…

    I don’t know exactly what happened :( .But we will definitely miss you :( ..

    I remember i was in Grade 6 when i first start watching you show “George ka Pakistan” and it amazed me ..when i saw you exploring Pakistan :) and admiring the Beauty of Pakistan..

    I lovee youu <3 George :) please be happyy …WIsh you all the very best with the future …May allah bless you and your familyyy…. :) .. I wish Pakistan’s Government could stop being judgmental… They really don’t know how to take criticism and try to work on it ..and make the nation better.. :) If some1 takes a stand Pakistan.. Our leaders simply get them killed .. Oh Well..we cant do nothing about it …But we can always pray to god …

    Lots and Lots of ur luvlyy son ..Faiz ..
    Im so glad you actually worshiped Islam …Allah apko Khush rakhay .. Ameen :)Recommend

  • Not A Gorra
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:32AM

    Good news!

    I will soon be moving from the UK to PK.

    Can’t wait.

    It’s gonna rock. Children are going to love it!Recommend

  • Isnan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:45AM

    Just have one thing to say to you Mr. George. A person like you, who was not loyal to his homeland in the first place, how could he have been loyal to Pakistan? You left Pakistan when it was going through crisis. A bit of shame on you and your relationship with her. Recommend

  • nasreen
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:45AM

    I am sorry that you are leaving Pakistan. I never watched your show live, but saw you on youtube, and was happy to see you going to remote areas of Pakistan, and I think you really enjoyed it. You are leaving Pakistan because of some unpleasant situation you were in for 9+ years…I am sorry. I live in a country where we face a lot of discrimination, but we don’t just leave..we also miss Pakistan with all our heart, but when you live in one place for so long and find good friends, you just don’t get up and go..there is a lot to think about..your children who grew up here, your home…and the new friends you don’t want to give up.You talk about the killings of certain people..where on earth does this not happen.?..Name one country. I hear on tv everyday cops being gunned down..they were good people.There are Pakistanis called names in UK [your birth country]…if you were called gora…that was a was not a bad word. Think of people who are called worse every day, but they stick around. The love you found in Pakistan, you will never find back in your birth country…you were somebody here in Pakistan, you had Pakistanis looking up to you, loving you, waiting for your show..Will you find that attention and love anywhere else. Pakistan will miss you.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 6:58AM

    My dear George My dear Brother, I have not seen you nor did I ever know you and millions like you in and outside Pakistan. When I heard the News of the Brutal killing of Salmaan Taseer unconsciously tears came in my eyes and I thought they are exhausted but when I read your valedictory message I found I have many more tears coming from my eyes. beyond the geographical boundaries and religious boundaries of. there are several simple human beings who resonate with every word of yours. I have also passionately and with tears read all the messages which resonate with your thoughts and those of them who could not leave like you because it is their own call it mother land or father land but it is their ‘fond land’ having all their dreams knit in it but languishing silently either in the country sacred land Pakistan or in the prisons and are simple mute spectators for all such happenings and in the name of religion. I have several friends all over the world who have their hearts in Pakistan but living in other parts of the world.
    My Very dear George, you have totally won my heart you seems to have influence in this land and their people. can we not create a collective voice of gathering all those who are aspiring fro peace and progress and harmony with neighbors so that it is joy to live in Pakistan. I am sure we can find several millions living abroad like my friend Waqar create a world opinion and bring about the land of peace and harmony!!! I can assure Saleem that George is always emotionally with Pakistan so that nothing can really give him satisfaction than to hear that Pakistan is on the path of progress!!! My salutations to all teh millions who think ‘real good’ for the people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • human
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:04AM

    George….i hope you enjoyed your stay its better to leave as soon as possible..the moment you stepped in we could smell a rat ..and rats like you cause deadly take a brisk walk and leave
    regarding PAKISTAN…i would only say one thing..PAKISTAN ZINDABADRecommend

  • Hamid Khawaja
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:05AM

    @KK: You are right. I feel like a stranger in my own town for the same reasons as yours. Recommend

  • QA
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:15AM

    Truly said George. I am sorry that you are going in such a way. May Allah bless you. Assalamu AlaikumRecommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:18AM

    Pakistan ka George is leavingRecommend

  • Taffe
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:38AM


    Things happen for a reason and not everyone is the same so is the case.. Pakistan is still loving, caring and giving.. It’s just that you have to go through some tough times to get good ones.. You’ll be missed by Pakistan. Pakistan loves you and will welcome you anytime again.. so go with a clean, happy heart please.. don’t go dejected, feeling bad or whatever.. Pakistan is good.. Recommend

  • Uzi Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:17AM

    Good and timely decision, whatever you wrote here and in the article following this one, is bitter but true. Yes, this is Pakistan, so you found that out. Honestly speaking I wasn’t much impressed by you, when you appeared in the “George Ka Pakistan”, never even followed it, Whatever so called “good” and “great” things were happening to us in those years were a mere eyewash, behind the scenes we were being prepared for a heavy fall, that finally came. Now we dont know how to get up because we are waiting for someone else to do it for us.
    However, after reading a few of your articles, which were very bitter for our consumption, but still true, I think now is the time you must leave. Recommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:22AM

    I am sorry to see you leave a country that has tremendous potential and even today when it seems all is lost, has the love that makes me call it home. Funny that as you leave Pakistan I prepare to move back to Islamabad with my wife and three children. I believe that in the past few years Pakistan has sunk to the depths of everything bad…it cannot a phoenix It is going to rise and I want to be a part of that process so I plan to return to Pakistan this summer when the load shedding would be at its peak and we may have to get used to taking ‘bucket and mug’ baths instead of long showers. It’s important that we be a part of the healing process rather than catch a flight at the first sign of trouble. Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame you for deciding what you did. But trust me; your son would come back to Pakistan one day..even if to visit, and find it the Pakistan that has a lot of love to offer, even to complete strangers, to people from our neighbouring country we have fought a number of wars with, a different Pakistan from the one we see today. I have full faith and I am returning. It’s OUR Pakistan. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Aria
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:24AM

    Go to Afghanistan, you’ll like it better, trust me! lolRecommend

  • Shahbaz
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:27AM

    George, I left Pakistan over 20 years ago. What took u so long? ;-)

    This place is no longer secular even within Muslims. Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 8:31AM

    you have to leave this Pakistan as soon as possible now it is hell on earth PAKISTAN sa zindabagRecommend

  • Overseas Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:56AM

    You made me cry George because what you said is correct.Recommend

  • Zee
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:57AM

    ha…. its easy to quit issent it.

    So it took only few year , and the “love” was gone. I wont call it true love. that has to be something more shallow. Something like a crush may be.

    I hate what happens in Pakistan. I hated the killings. i hated the killing oF salman taseer. even though i hated salmans taseer’s policies as a Govt. Official. but he became a Hero to me when he died.
    the SYSTEM will change. Pakistan will progress.
    I came back to Pakistan after just spending 3 years abroad. I dident want the extra Money anymore. One by one, one drop at a time, I do beleive we All can make a change.

    Its just too easy to quit.

    but its the LOVE which make u keep goign no matter what.

    its a shame.Recommend

  • aisha
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:08AM

    is it a propaganda typo thing. so another campaign…
    yeh sad,,, so many tngs r sad.
    i live in new york. probably the place with most diverse population. me myself have become victim of racism and yes in mid manhattan…also keep in mind by GORASss Recommend

  • shandana
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:18AM

    here u leave but we, still here, hoping someday we can help our country out of this situation.
    this is the difference between u and us.
    take care.Recommend

    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:28AM

    George, hope you will find reason to come back to your country and help make it a great place to live!Recommend

  • Shakeel Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Well Mr.George

    I will not saying what have you written was wrong or incorrect statement,but looking on the other side if you may before leaving wait for one or two months and start compaign to spread the message of peace,if no change then you may leave,believe me people need change but missing leadership or i may say where to start.

    I know it is very difficult,but atleast u may try before leaving.

    Best of Luck


  • NOOR baloch
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:37AM

    Ya dear George …..Hurrahhhhhhhhhh at least realty won the fantasy………Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Dearest George,

    As you so rightly put it, indeed you have the luxury of leaving.

    I followed you over the years and observed the change from cynical to hopeful to cynical, it was a cycle but I can not blame you.

    As you leave, I request you of one favour, remember that there lies a vast difference between Pakistan and Pakistanis.

    I refuse to give up on Pakistan, the fight between the right wing and the left wing seems to have left Pakistan with nothing. No morals, no values, no heart, no soul, just blood.

    I fear we are tainted by the blood that cursed us upon independence, violence seems to have become us. Speak your mind and be silenced by a bullet, it is no longer about religion or about a nation. It is about power, the criminals minds are doing a great job forcing all the good out and allowing only the oppressed lot to remain.

    It saddens me, we are a nation who appear to spit on the very land that gives us identity.

    My soul, the essence of my very being bleeds, George.

    Thank you for the time you spent with us. I hope you are selective with your memory, retaining the good alone.

    I bid you farewell.

    In observance,
    Qudsia Pervez
    Chairwoman & Director
    QA Researchers
    writer/poet/human being & finally Pakistani.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:44AM

    First of all I am Muslim and condem in strongest terms the murder of salman taseer and shabaz bhatti. I am so much in pain after hearing someone is killed because of their religion, views, perception and freedom of speech in democratic society. For Geroge its a good chance to leave the Country as I am waiting for my immigration and soon it will be my khuda hafiz as to mention my four fathers are from pakistan. But we have no choice than to think about our children future and our views.Recommend

  • Rukhsana
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:47AM

    What is stated by George happens to be real face of Pakistan now a days. People are being murdered every day because of questioning the extremist ideology. The state of affairs in Pakistan is very disappointing and its not hopelessness but reality, so we better accept it. Recommend

  • Qamar Farooqi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:54AM

    @Osman Nasir:

    Your comments are encouraging!Recommend

  • Qamar Farooqi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:57AM

    @Carmen Gonzalez:

    I just say sorry to you being a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Omair
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:59AM

    George, I am deeply saddened by your departure news but I know one thing for the fact that ” the only person who will miss you the most will be your very own wife ” if not now , then may be sometime later in life when she’ll realize your true value!! Best of luck man and do give me a call before you leave on +92-303-4446037. Cheers and best of luck with your future endeavors.!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Kamran ul Rab
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Good bye George, we all miss u as such a nice person you are.
    As a Pakistani we are all wish you a very happy journey.
    I want to give you an idea that when you back to England you write a story about “English Muslims” in England.

    bye and take lots of care. Recommend

  • raheel
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:02AM

    dont worry my friend you will come back inshallah …. all the best for the future you were good to us … this was in destiny to come here and mingle with us … now u must return to your home…. hoping that this pasture will be green once more … i take this upon myself … i will try to better pakistan as much as i can …. thank you sir u were greatRecommend

  • Kamran Zia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:07AM

    Good riddance!Recommend

  • sameera
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:08AM

    George, an addition to sad news from someone who has cherished us for so long .But we are hopeful that you will not divorce Pakistan rather will end up in ‘seperation’ so there’s always a chance of reunion.It can’t be all pessimistic.Back home share the good memories associated with ur seperated wife. Recommend

  • syeda
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:12AM

    We Pakistani’s r da fighters , n fighters neva quit !! it was a pleasure to host u George,bt its vice versa Muslims tooo sufferin alot around da world but they neva blame ne nation for dat,jus striving to live !! THINK POSTIVE LIVE POSITIVE NO HARSH FEELINGS ITS LIFE ….

    ALLAH HO AKBAR ..............LONG LIVE PAKISTAN ......
    **42**PAKISTAN ZINDABAD**42**

  • khurram
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Study Quraan…..Recommend

  • Ahmed Ayub
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:21AM

    Good bye George. God bless. Your conditional love for Pakistan seems to have ended. But please remember Pakistan is not a failed state. Hopeless it may sound, there are still people who are willing to stay and do something about the “wafer-thin sliver that stands between my Pakistan and becoming a failed state”.Recommend

    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:23AM

    We as a Nation sorry for all adverse thoughts bought by our country man.I pray for your good life ahead. We all Pakistani should admit with open heart “Pakistan….one of the most violent nations on earth, not because Hindus were killing Muslims but because Muslims were killings Muslims”.Recommend

  • Usama Bin Najam
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Its sad but true … We all can understand what you felt in the past few years as we experienced the same… But i still have hope in Pakistan and insha-Allah you will come back again in future, to a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan… I wish you Godspeed….Recommend

  • Ali Kabeer
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Now maybe in USA u’d be known as “Pakistan ka George”Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:38AM

    George! I am surprised it took you that long to get to this conclusion….. welcome back to the civil society, of course if you have already returned to England.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Goodbye George, we remember youRecommend

  • umair
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Vry sad…………Recommend

  • sikadnar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:46AM

    do not be so much pesimistic George still ray of hope kindles in pakistan. People those who think and understand that how to end up extrimism,, problem i mental attitude of people those who support muderer ,,,,,,,they think that it will be sin if they will not support the murdere ,,, Allah knows better what is right and wrong ……Recommend

  • Zia Anwar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Dear George, I would just say that its an eye-opener…. .for those who have eyes.. in their brains…Recommend

  • Realist
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:58AM

    Can you please take all the liberals with you?Recommend

  • ZAR
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:03AM

    As much disillusioned and cynical you might have been made with the situations in pakistan, yet a theory comes into play and that is “Its darkest before dawn”. Running away fixes nothing all it makes of us is an escapist. Lets face the situation and fight it hard. Soon the Pakistan as dreamed by Quaid will emerge. Inshallah.Recommend

  • Jan Muhammad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Well wishes for your coming life.But we the Pakistani shall remain in this motherland and INSHALLAH we shall make this country a country to live in.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 11:29AM

    I am NO prophet But, when this guy called George came into the lime-light, I KNEW HE WAS IN TROUBLE. Thus, I was BUT a silent spectator. My advices to him, if any, would have not made any difference, ‘coz there were many Pakistanis, (thousands of ‘em) who showed ‘Green Pastures’ to him. All that I can say, is that, I feel sorry for his state of affairs; & that he ‘DUG HIS OWN GRAVE’ Recommend

  • Junaid Naqi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:31AM

    I totally agree with George. Each and every word he wrote is true..
    When are we as Pakistanis start thinking seriously whats actually happening with us??
    If we persist to stay on back seats and let everyone do what he she wants to, trust me one day we will be left out of our homes even… Being settled, educated and belonging to a presentable niche of our Society doesn’t mean, we let few bunch of ill minded people mess with our lives and ruin our Society the way its being ruined continuously… Me must stand up now, or else we will be diminished some day… For Heavens sake.. Stand up for your Pakistan, Stand up for your families, Stand up for yourself.. Pakistan needs us….Recommend

  • NGK
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Look Mr. George… u said… once you loved her….well I don’t think so that u really did….as a matter of fact the loved once are not left behind with such an article….I am not saying that what u wrote is false….lots of things are true…but tell me openly if one is upset with his loved one….should he leave her telling all the world the reason for doing so or should leave quietly and peacefully??? U should have left inaudibly… we wont miss u at all coz we have lots of things to bother about. I don’t think that there was any need of your article; it unveils you so called love and high regard for Pakistan. And now listen….try to be happy in your own country….don’t go anywhere else…we Pakistanis are a bit emotional that is why we adopted you. But for me…any person who leaves his mother country for any other country is not at all a trustworthy person.
    Thanks for telling the world why u left your beloved.Recommend

  • mahmood ali
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:42AM

    George , somehow i liked you but ………….
    It seems that u never adopted Pakistan by heart.
    It is said that country is ur mother. and mothers are never left in any case.
    Its gud that u r leaving pakistan . Pakistan dont need u as we have a lot of people like u.
    Best wishes for your next endeavour.Recommend

  • Hafsa Hashmey
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:44AM

    George! Everything that you’ve said is understandable and it’s really commendable that you left your home to come here and be a part of this country. Its true that our country is on a way of self destruction, we as a nation have failed our forefathers but what’s really heart breaking is seeing all these fellow countrymen saying that they are ashamed to be Pakistanis. Nobody is more responsible for what’s happening around then Pakistanis themselves. We come across mullahs, politicians and people from every walk of life who blame America or India or Russia etc for all that’s happening in our country when the truth is we, Pakistanis, are responsible for this mess. Islam teaches tolerance, it tells you to be moderate, generous, to be forgiving and help others regardless of religion and race. We have made heroes out of people who either kill others in cold blood or preach a “Liberal” Islam or “Enlightened Moderation”. Islam is moderate, Islam is enlightened and Islam forbids you from judging each others faiths. We are letting extremist mullahs and liberal politicians run this country the way they please so at least Pakistanis can’t say that we are ashamed of being a part of this country; our country must be ashamed of having people like us living in it.

    We are really sorry George for all the sad memories you’re taking alongRecommend

  • nijaz
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Any suggestion for us to follow while you are departing?Recommend

  • Jay Jay
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:00PM

    What George says should serve as an eye-opener for us but unfortunately we are such a blind nation that we see everything but never our foibles and follies. The Truth is Out, the country is falling apart. He is right that the worst wounds afflicted on this nation are by its own military that esposed a grandiose agenda of Bleeding India and finding Strategic Depth in Afghanistan. The only way to save Pakistan is to empower its civilian people and to dismantle its all resources-gulping-down Army. The army has been jihadist merceneries all along. We should also purge our sylabas of the bigotry and fanaticism, contain and eliminate the hatrred spread by Maulvies, stop mushrooming of Madrassas, ban Pro-Taliban and Pro-Army TV anchor persons and columnists and free all political prisoners. I personally feel though that Pakistan would disintegarte and go to the dustbin of history before the remedial measures are taken. The truth is there is NO Rescue for Pakistan. Pakistan is a cursed nation. Pakistan sai Zindah Bhaag (Flee from Pakistan while you are alive).Recommend

  • Karam A Siddiqui
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Looking forward for Mr.George to host a progamme on BBC.Suggested names:

    “Pakistan Ka George”
    “Tarzan ki wapsi”
    “Khair se George wapus aaya”Recommend

  • Samana
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Reading your article makes me sad. I am deeply touched by your thorough look into the country and its culture.
    This article is a work of some body who have genuine concern about this country and its people. This is really sad to see people with such vision and care for Pakistan are leaving, heartbroken and hopeless.
    What hurt is the hopelessness of this sweet man, who became our hero and friend overnight. People of Pakistan are may be facing many problems and challenges, including the fight for their true identity as Muslims and not as extremist Mullah army men, but they are the people who have faced challenges in past and have fought their ways out.
    I am hopeful still for this country and its people, but it is heart-trenching to see George leaving like this.
    I wish and pray that a miracle may happen and make him change his decision. We need people like you George, who see this country’s true potential and people of Pakistan’s love for their country and a mark up dignity to stand against ills n evils.
    Wish you a prosperous and healthy future.
    Remember Pakistan!Recommend

  • arfaa
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:16PM

    It is unfortunate that you could not develop the thick skin that we have over the is even more unfortunate that “your love” deprived you of all hope. maybe you were never really a Pakistani.
    it wasnt love was an infatuation which ran out once you saw the real face.thats too bad.Recommend

  • Anita Turab
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:23PM

    you will always have a home here…even if its a battered and bruised one…you have the opportunnity to leave but millions remain stranded in this strife and conflict…perhaps one day you can return to visit and it will be a safer more happier place..perhaps…Recommend

  • SHN
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:27PM

    All that was said was sadly true :(
    Another loss for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shershawshank
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:28PM

    I don’t wanna stay here anymore either. Please take me with you!Recommend

  • Mohammad Murtaza
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:31PM

    You saw Pakistan, and liked it even when the insurgency was going on. But now, it has become too much….which just goes on to show that the biggest threat to us is not a small groups of terrorists or some outside force, but the extremist that is thriving in mush of our polulation – the extremist which tolerates nothing that it disagrees with, and an extremist which denounces logic and impartiality.

    Salman Taseer’s death was a shock…but you leaving would be like the declaration that there is no hope for Pakistan. We have come too far away on the path of destruction. There is no solution now. And this makes me wonder whether Faiz was right in saying: Ye Jaan Tou Aani Jaani hai; iss jaan ki tou koi baat nahi

    Is sacrificing our life, or more aptly put, fading away in the list of martyrs for the cause of a liberal and progressive Pakistan, worth it? Wouldnt it just be better to run away and live in oblivion?

    But unless I find the answer to this question, I think I will stay and try to keep the candle burning Recommend

  • Ahsan Sajjad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:32PM

    I think your love wasn’t pure …. If u love Pakistan u wont leave her when she is in trouble…. anyways have a safe life in your PEACEFUL country :)Recommend

  • T Z Iqbal
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:33PM

    I wish you all the best George… You are a one lucky person who can leave Pakistan so easily… Wish you good luck in your future endeavors… I really hope you will not come back again, what’s the use of coming back… If you really want to live happily then it’s my advise do not come back, this country can’t give you happiness at all… Pakistan’s future is no more… May ALLAH keeps you happy wherever you live…


  • Hassaan Khaliq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Nothing to say…………….very true and you have very right reasons to leave. Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Is there a single Pakistani living in the US as a ‘US National’ who could dare state the events taking place in the US that never reach the outside world? How many of these so called US nationals get treated like the first degree citizens?Recommend

  • raja sahib
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:55PM

    best of luck bro, you have made the correct choice obviously.. ad privately, most of our citizens would agree with you! I gotta give you this: you have kahones made of solid brass my friend, to be living here all this time..Recommend

  • Caz
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:02PM

    we won’t miss ya GeorgeRecommend

  • Kashy Ali
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:04PM

    “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.”

    What makes people forget their vows? Is it the partner, or is it [dare I say it?] their own selfishness, their own cowardice, their unwillingness to make the effort at reconciliation? Pakistan, as my motherland, is dear to me, but if you think I am going to defend its wrongs, then no, you are as mistaken as any other disillusioned foreigner that has stepped into this state. There have been wrongs. Of course there have been. But – and I’ll say this in Joe’s everyday English – why the hell do people forget the wrongs done by states that, today, flaunt the label of “developed” and “super-power”? It’s easy to forget THOSE wrongs. And ours?

    Yes, let’s all bloody cry and divorce a state for the mess that the land you return to has as much part in creating, as the people of the land.

    My dear Mr. Fulton… the people that loved you, still do. The people that admired you, still do. The people that felt for you, still do. Perhaps the fault is not yours. I have found out, long ago, that it takes a child to know the mother. You have “ploughed fields in the Punjab, built Kalashnikovs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (probably couldn’t do that now), and mended fishing boats in Balochistan”… and, in the end, you have been a coward. No, no, the fault is not yours. It takes a Pakistani to know the precipice, and it takes a Pakistani to know the courage to face the precipice. There are good and bad people everywhere. If, after seeing the heart of Pakistan [or perhaps you couldn't see it?], you shall let yourself be scared by the bad, and forget the good, I say you disillusion me as much as Pakistan disillusions you, if not more. I’m not sorry to say, Mr. Fulton, that you have failed as much as Pakistan. I’m not sorry to say, Mr. Fulton, that you forgotten the innocence and beauty and love that this country does have, and chosen to run because it also houses [and which place doesn't] elements that threaten.

    I guess that, in the end, it takes true grit and a true Pakistani to not run. To face. To tackle. To mend. The bad that there is, your leaving shall make no real difference to. But the good that there are? Let us take a lesson from the Disillusioned One that disillusions many of us. You will be missed, not for the person that you are now, but for the person that we thought you might be – courageous enough not just to take a stand, but courageous enough to face the consequences of taking that stand. We shall continue to root out weeds and sow roses, and it is our hope that those that join hands with us will have grit enough to realize that, sometimes, it takes life, if not more than life, to turn a precipice into a plateau. We have no need for cowards.

    We have no need for those that stick around for good times and health, and pull out in bad and sickness.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 1:11PM

    dont come back GeorgeRecommend

  • ghazala akbar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:13PM

    You ARE a true Pakistani George!
    You are doing exactly what thousands of Pakistanis have already done…leave if they can.
    Its not the physical discomfort that irks, its the mindset. And no amount of power generators can change that. Recommend

  • nauman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:13PM

    what is the death of 3 people by Raymond called? liberal Pakistan? and so the murder of salman taseer should also be called liberalism not extremism??????

  • Sameeullah Sheikh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:16PM

    We will miss you George but Inshllah soon you will see new Pakistan.Recommend

  • Glenwalker
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:17PM

    Don’t blame you for a thing George. This country hasn’t really given anything but pain and tension to the educated and honest. You shall be missed. Recommend

  • Abdul Gilani
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Good riddance,

    Does not matter if he stayed or not. Recommend

  • AA
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Though I would like to give my name, location and email. I certainly would not. Being ‘imprisoned’ in Pakistan prevents me. You are right George, you have the luxury to leave, most of us out here do not. Not, because we do not love this country, not because we seek better economic opportunities abroad. But, with people like me, because we feel suffocated, alienated, excommunicated. I have watched you very occasionally, always felt glad to know that you were holding out: Despair had yet not overtaken, for deep down I was sure sooner or later you would be forced to leave and I am glad you are able to do that in one piece. Still, Thank you George for trying to steer us to sanity. There is no way, that this is possible, (while this may seem pessimistic, it is not, for it is a fact we must first accept and then address) all our generations are conditioned ‘Brave New World’ style. As to your coming back, as some of your well wishers have suggested, maybe, after a few generations, that is in sixty to eighty years. Believe me I am thrilled that you have left, for up here I am sure, sooner than later, you would have ended ‘holed’ Dabang style, as did Taseer and Bhatti. Wish you well. Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:20PM

    I think one day you will back to this country and you will no more face this tough time . remember us in prayers,Wish you good luck and Bye

    Mazhar Hussain Barcha Hunzai

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 1:23PM

    I understand and appreciate your disappointments and anxieties. The Pakistani society is suffering from a sharply divided opinion pool between radicalized, moderate and ultra westernized faction. I feel that the bulk still hangs with the moderate, tolerant and open minded majority though these are silent. The silence and spectator status does not auger well because the public scene is than dominated by radical minority display extreme attitudes and loud rowdyism. The national face is thus portrayed and projected as ugly, embarrassing and un-civilised. Now the giving up option based on “run for life” may be is a better alternative for you but not for a true Pakistani. Your decision thus does not prove that you are really in love with Pakistan. Else lets come together and stand up to suppression, exploitation and the radicalized behaviors, as this is the only way to make a difference. Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Sorry for being bad hosts… your reasons for leaving are justified and unless we fix them I don’t even see myself staying here forever even though I was born here and used to argue with people who talked about immigrating to some other country.Recommend

  • Saadia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Pakistan will not miss you as much as you will miss Pakistan,George! One day you will come back with a changed perspective about Pakistan and its view no matter social, religious or political as you will not be able to forget the love this country and its people offered you once! You’ll be back soon! ;)Recommend

  • Saman
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:31PM

    Nothing unusual, Lack of self esteem in our people though is still disturbing, as long as people like them will feel a slap on their faces as they eat through the economy and do nothing, nothing will happen it is a vicious circle! Recommend

  • Waquas Haider
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Its really unfortunate…. but somehow I feel Goerge hasn’t actually identified the real culpurits…One could see that he was enjoying Pakistan till maybe 03 years ago as he was all over the media and places….I have personally seen him walking freely in DHA Karachi area again just 03 or 04 years ago…
    Where and when does he think, things actually went wrong? Goerge like you said the country gave you a lot of love which still exits but it would be nice to hear from you with no political and religous Biasness but what was the turning point?
    After 03 years I feel it was the mistake of all the Pakistanis to let go Mr. Musharaf….Recommend

  • Saadia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:33PM

    Pakistan will not miss you as much as you will miss Pakistan,George! One day you will change your perspective and come back as you will not be able to forget the love this country and its people offered you once!You’ll be back soon for sure….Recommend

  • Waseem
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:36PM

    George, most species of Snakes and Scorpion are posionous, and are born to kill. So I feel here you are suggesting that, “one must move to New Zealand?”. Nopes, this is our own land and we’ll have to prove ourselves “fittest” to survive on this land. Buddy you have options, we only have PAKISTAN. We are born here and no Son can leave his Mother encircled by goons and extremists.

    History is there to consult. US and Europe have faced all such issue and earned current civilization through centuries of evolution. They faced eras of Church and many atrocious Kings and Governments; and only then they were able to find out the way to their today’s civilization. PAKISTAN is just 64 years old. We have to strive and present many Jinnahs, Liaquat Alis, Bhuttos, Taseers, Shahbaz Bhatti’s and still thrive in the times. We are not fearing to fuel the this evolution. Be patient, its just a slice of era. Never loose hope.

    This land welcomed you in the past and you will always be in future too. Best of luck for your future endeavors and May GOD Bless you..!Recommend

  • an innocent Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:40PM

    ”Those who cannot handle me at my worst don’t deserve me at my best!!”
    It is under worst of the conditions that you actually need someone to see you through not when everything is going along pretty smooth.
    As they say ‘Love can conquer all’ Pakistan needs love to come to its rescue, true love that never succumbs to the gigantic hardships, Pakistan needs us and INSHALLAH one day I believe more than anything we will see that ‘wafer thin sliver’ become unbreakably thick sheet of true love.
    Anyhow goodbye George, we had a great time, u will definitely be missed..Recommend

  • yousuf agha
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:43PM

    its true and sad ….. we need to reflect on ourselves as a society and individuals … before we have no one to mourn & nothing to mourn for Recommend

  • Rabia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:47PM

    noooo don’t go!! we need people who don’t like what’s going on so they/we can do something about what’s going on. At least don’t leave completely…carry on trying to help wherever you goRecommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Well Miss you George . Unfortunately what youve written is absolutely correct and so it is a good desicion on your part i suppose .Best of luck Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:53PM

    I am not a liberal. I am an extremist as i have extreme belief in the fundamentals of Islam. I wish you had met me George. I condemn the death of our Governor. I agree that he challenged the man made law and it can be challenged by anyone. He never committed blasphemy. I agree that our media creates a hype to ensure increase in viewer ship ignoring the consequences. However the bitterness that you refer to in your parting paragraph has nothing to do with extremists or liberals in the society. It is a result of our lack of understanding for the values that each extreme possess. I believe we had a moderate society in Pakistan till the last decade. It has changed now and you or anyone else for that matter cannot blame extremists for that. The reason is that we have failed to understand each other. You don’d fight extremism with liberalism. Religious extremism can only increase if liberals become more liberals. One can only fight extremism by finding common grounds. Did you do anything during your stay in Pakistan to try and achieve that? I am sure not as maybe you didn’t even look at it from this perspective. I don’t want to go into the history of extremism in Pakistan but i just want to reiterate that our society has capitulated intellectually and it has nothing to do with the divide in society and everything to do with our lack of understanding of different values that people cherish within Pakistani society. As you leave i want you to remember that Pakistan lives to welcome you again. Recommend

  • Yasir R Naqvi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:05PM

    well i dont really know from where to start but yea George, One thing’s terribly certain that Pakistan doesnt need to either. You arent a son of our soil (hint to those who were and are)… so yea bugger offRecommend

  • Ishtiaq Rabbani
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Hey!!! whts uppp!!! leavinnnnn???? Listen up… This is your Pakistan, You are as much a Pakistani as I am, and no matter what I love this place. We saw a new WEST in your face, a WEST that is not as we are told, a WEST that has the ability to look to the ground, a WEST that is able to see through the eyes of the true Pakistani. We didnt embraced you just because you were a GORA out of no where, we hugged u because u are our own, yes we didnt stand up when Taseer was killed, we feared, we knew he was right when he said things need to be seen in right prospective, yet we are Muslims and there are limits to what we can accept. You may have seen the masked faces of us so called Muslims here and have dealt the true us, but this is how it is every where. We loved you because you are one of us and yes we will love you because no matter where ever you are, you are a PakistaniRecommend

  • Waseem
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:09PM

    @KK: Oe come on, I don’t understand why can’t we find any positive aspect of the realities. No offense KK Sb. but I guess you haven’t thought of positives out of 2005 EQ, IDPs and recent Floods (only 3 recent examples for recalling, because I know we have developed habit of forgetting). Who else on earth could have survived all these huge catastrophes? Mostly our youth volunteered, the elders supported them and these disasters were averted in no times. I know many black corners are still to be lit up. But its just a start. 64 years are nothing in times. Please visit European and US histories. How long it took them to discover their current civilization? We’ve lost our civilization and history some where, we will rediscover it “soon”. Please have some patience, its not far away. And Insha’ALLAH we will again be a top class civilization.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 2:11PM

    Dear George ka Baygharat Pakistan wake up its people like George who actually understand your country and and probably the very few who loves it. Even all your tribal customs do not allow you to make your son-in-law go sad. why I call you baygharat because a few weirdo criminals in the brown mountains have wiped out the Indus Valley Civilization. Come back George Pakistan is yours, the remaining Tribes will soon fix it all. 3rd Party (just about everywhere)Recommend

  • Waqar Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:19PM

    I have gone through George views as well as reader’s view. George and all my Pakistani friends, its easy to point out the problems hurdels etc… but difficult to rectify. My dears, who will take the reponsibility to rectify all pointed problems, the outsiders or we? Do we ever realize what we are doing for Pakistan as Pakistani…. we have democratic government, we choose them… did we ever think while casting our precious vote that the person we are choosing as our leader are competent enough… no we did not… we vote for cast only… we vote as sindhi, punjabi, mohajir etc…. but not as Pakistani…. The solution for all problems that we should persue our core education, not degree wise but the education in its real essence… we as mulims can not ignore the islamic laws… we should also know the core values…. change only comes from inside of an individual… if i will be good .. iwill do good and this will spread…. Recommend

  • Kamran Chughtai
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Sad as it should be George. But lets not forget what has happened to all of us while being foreigners in other states. Pakistan no doubt has been made to be the worse but it wasn’t the same when you decided to fall in love with it. Right? So the bad times will end, we will see another morning and we hope sincerely that you do come back and tell us we are not entirely wrong.Recommend

  • Nadir Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:50PM

    I agree with George entirely and am much saddened by his departure. It’s our loss when genuine, loving and honest people like him have to leave, esp. when not on the best of terms with their (purported) ‘friends’ and old colleagues.

    It was lovely to have you, George, Fulton. And it won’t be the same without you! :(Recommend

  • Mujahid Sadiq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:54PM

    It is unfortunate that you have to leave George,hope that one day you will come back to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Madi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Nevery saw George on Tele.. but he hit the nail. This nation was built on a delusional idea, which was put forward by an opportunist and arrogant bunch of leaders who were backed by the feudal aristocracy. The birth of the nation was based on an idea ingrained in hatred and intolerance. Now same hatred and intolerance has permeated itself in every avenue of life within the country. British could be blamed for following through with a flawed plan put forward by selfcentred bourgeoisie. The way things are now, there does not seem to be any hope, since any hint of hope gets shot down. I can not help laughing when innocent idealist but rather naive citizens chant PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. There is not much ZINDA in this ABAD country. Recommend

  • Imdad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:23PM

    Dear Mr. George!

    If you really love Pakistan you would never have decided to leave it. I ask you a question that if your home is on fire; would you run away or do something to protect it from the fire??

    If you run awa then its simple to understand that you dont love it. So you may say Khuda Hafiz, and our answer is also KHUDA HAFIZ Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:31PM

    I am think the same as you but where i can go even i am misfit in my own people. Good luck George! Pray for this country people who are responsible for all mess.Recommend

  • Junaid Saijid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:44PM

    Good luck with all your endeavors bro. I’d follow you on the way out if I could.Recommend

  • taimoor niazi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:46PM

    we wil fight
    lat man
    last bullet
    last drop of bloodRecommend

  • Syed (UAE)
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Good to see you leaving.Recommend

    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:55PM


    were is your faith in ALLAH what could George do?????? to change the luck duhhhhzzzzzzzzRecommend

  • Saania
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:56PM

    I disagree. through the darkness breaks dawn. with every radical Pakistani that contorts his religion into justifying his acts, there stands a liberal Pakistani. I refuse to believe Pakistan can ever truly be a “failed state.” In fact, with the every new obstacle lies a reason for the youth of our country to wake up and fight for the Pakistan our founders and families worked hard for…and died for.
    At the end of the day, he is a gora, and Pakistan was not his home, which is exactly why he did leave and what one would expect him to do under the circumstances. At the same time, I know a lot of Pakistanis who have gone to “first world countries” and realized that Pakistan is their identity and there lies more dignity in being in their homeland working on their own soil than living the American dream as a third-class citizen. Anyone who wants to escape and not better his country does not deserve to call himself Pakistan (which is okay) because Pakistan was built by and for passionate men and women who have the junoon to take our country over their shoulders, defy all odds and rise above. We have done a lot of things that were deemed impossible and this is just one of those instances.
    and the fact that george did not say all that is exactly why he isn’t a Pakistani. It’s not what’s on one’s passport that makes one a Pakistani…rather, it’s the fire that burns with a desire to stand by our country through thick and thin because at the end of the day, it is this country and this soil that has made us who we are.Recommend

  • Abubaker
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:14PM

    dont go george, if u feel pakistan is your mother countary than dont go.Recommend

  • Zahid Mahmood
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Very sad for Pakistan. Truth is very painfull, good luck George.Recommend

  • Amy
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:20PM

    well said george Recommend

  • menna
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:31PM

    Im a Pakistani & I’ll be Pakistani till the end no matter how worse things goes.You’ve seen the better part of the world so it was difficult for you to stay.You have an option to leave so you are leaving but there are thousands of people living here who are trying there best to turn things over.I guess you have no gutts and courage to face all these things.Yes it is hard hard for people like you to stay.You don’t belong here your roots are not here you don’t belong here you should have gone earlier God bless youRecommend

  • humanity
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:36PM

    “Today, our intellectual elite are too compromised — suckling on the teat of donor money, scholarships and exchange programmes — to challenge the US narrative.”

    For me the most telling paragraph. We must clean up Pakistan because we want to do it for ourselves and on no-one else’s orders. The drone attacks on Pakistanis must stop which is clearly excascerbating. You cannot win the hearts and minds of ordinary Pakistanis by killing them and saying it was collateral damage. punjabis and sindhis must feel the pain of the pathans and balochis for there to be any progress.Recommend

  • Adeel Haider
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Its a shame. I always thought and heard that Pakistan is very hospitable country and we can even give our lives for our Mehman(guest) but with increasing extremism our moral values are also diminishing.

    Good bye George Recommend

  • Junaid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:42PM


    You are doing the right thing in a wrong way. You should leave Pakistan because you are not safe here. They will kill you to inflict another wound on this nation so yes you should go but if you really love this place and people, you should continue working for it from abroad, just like any other Pakistani would do.

    Dont dramatise what you are feeling coz your feelings are true and need no support.


  • Mariam
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:51PM

    George you can go to hell. It was our fault that we made you a celebrity. You were a nobody in your own country. The relationship that we have with this country is that of a mother and a child. We are taught never to divorce or abandon our mothers. We’ll stick by our motherland through thick and thin and we’ll show you that the youth of this country has the potential to take it to new heights. Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • sattar rind
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:16PM

    i think Pakistan become more dangerous than this artical.Recommend

  • raiha
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:50PM

    How convenient George.
    Now that the honeymoon period is over, you conveniently move on because you can’t expect her to change and don’t find the depth in yourself to accept her as she is. Yeah right just blame it all on her dysfunctional relations.
    Happy second honey moon.Recommend

  • saniya
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:58PM

    I feel the same way George…. its good that you are leaving….you have to live for your son and family!! but please keep on writing your columns about Pakistan!!
    I hope Pakistanis can wake up like Egyptians sooon !! Aameen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • saadia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:07PM

    man is right.

    I would rather live in George ka Pakistan than Mullah Omar, Qadri, or even Sharif baradran ka Pakistan. Wouldnt you?Recommend

  • Naeem Qureshi,Lahore
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:10PM

    I am really sad not only because you are leaving but also that the situation is worsting. The more tragedy is that no one is realising it. Some are realising but seeing the each other’s face. We should not keep the eyes closed with “All is well”. Recommend

  • Shahbaz Umer
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:26PM

    you will be missed george….this is indeed a beautiful country….we understand what you must be going through. best of luck and dont forget us, you projected our country positive image to west……we will always remember you….GEORGE KA PAKISTANRecommend

  • Peti
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:26PM

    You vowed to be together through good and bad.
    And in our worst of time, the real test you have failed.
    When the going get tough; the tough gets going. Don’t you remember?
    And may I also remind you of the famous speech of Sir Winston Churchill during the WW II when the Germans were pounding Britain: “We will fight in the streets. We will fight in the mountains. We will fight in the skies and on the seas; but we will not surrender.” Were you really British before you became a Pakistani?
    You have surrendered; but we WILL NOT.
    But once a Pakistani; always a Pakistani. I know you will continue to work for the good of this country where ever you live.
    Good bye.Recommend

  • Amina Fawad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:33PM

    ….if u love some one u dont leave it ,i hour of end….it means u r giving up on it…any ways best of luckRecommend

  • Arshad Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:34PM

    That shows the difference between sons of the soil and people who have adopted Pakistan. Good or bad, its our country. Its like a child, no matter how bad or shortcomings the child has, one still loves and embraces them with all his faults. We all understand the current situation but at least I am hopeful that Inshallah we will pull through and the day will come when we will remember the current period as a bad phase in the history of Pakistan. Pakistan is not a failed state and Inshallah! never be one.Recommend

  • mehv
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:36PM

    Well George, its very nice off you that you come Pakistan n adopt its culture, custom and tradition or as you said language…but don’t call our country a fail state…you came here got name…even married here….you are rite Muslims here killing there Muslim brothers but every one knows that the people who r responsible for this are not part off Islam…but remember west is behind all this trouble…you got some bitterness from Pakistan… you are threaten bye Mullah but we Muslims always threaten by the power off west…but leave it…you are not Pakistani so you can easily leave by saying that…. and people who were saying that they are ashamed for calling themselves Pakistani if dun do any thing rite for your nation then just shut up or leave like George..goodluck George n bye……Recommend

  • Ikram
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:42PM

    George miss you tooRecommend

  • Shahzad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:00PM

    George you do not get to walk out of this relation, you can go away but you will carry the burden of million who once called you their countrymen…You had touched many or a few, you became one of them, they adopted you in return and even went further by giving what they had to you….Pakistan, ‘George ka Pakistan’, its not just their anymore. You always have this door open to leave or opt for what your son’s namesake did and said…
    Ghar aaj tuj se judahhain tou kal baham hon gaye
    Yeh raat bhar ki judai tou koi baat nahin
    Ghar aaj oaj pe hai taleh raqeeb tou kya
    Yeh char din ki khudai tou koi baat nahin

    Jo tujh se ehd-wafa istawar rakhtay hain
    Elaj-e-Ghardish-e-lail-o-nihar rakhtay hain….Recommend

  • Nageen Hussain
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:09PM

    The first time I met you was in Question Time Pakistan. We were asked to write 5 questions on a paper and a few were to be selected to ask. One of my questions was: “What do a particular politician who was invited do in liesure hours”.
    My question got selected and George called me and explained that since it is pretty blunt and generalized so he would like make a few changes in it. To which I agreed.
    George I was a zestful teenager then in 2001 and back then you taught me how to be politically correct. Today I am an IT professional and I have held your lession closed to my heart. You will surely be missed dear! Best of luck!Recommend

  • Asif Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Everyday i get up and there is something in my way, some hurdle, some bad news and some issue which makes me think same like George for an hour or so… You are not disillusioned, you are thinking like a Pakistani ! thats not your achievement thats the game point by our beloved system !…

    Congrats dude thats the real citizenship you got there… but let me tell you something, this country is made of all the crap you can think of, but still i love cleaning it, you know why ? because i have no where to go from where i am. i can curse, i can kick, i can hit the system back but i cant go anywhere else, because wherever i go, my color, my flag, my passport and my nationality will haunt me down. The thing is that you have a choice… I don’t. because i AM a Pakistani. i will be tagged terrorist, fundamentalist, racist, extremist and God knows what else…. but i have to stay here…and teach my kids and people around me to bring life to the real religion and real patriotism into themselves… Hope is the luxury i cant afford to loose… !

    all the best for your future dude !…. Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Good bye George….
    One day Pakistan will rise again and you would have a reason to visit it again…
    You told us the problems very well but where is the solution, my friend?? The biggest problem here is extremism turning into fascism…. where is the solution??
    Lemme ask some from you!
    People like us who are moderate and use brain instead of getting emotional on religious issues, never like to interact squarely with the other side… How many TV programs, articles, Free media or social activities have been promoted by us??? we are not playing our role my friend we prefer to flee… and we tend to do that with a super emotional ‘Good bye note’ :)
    Secondly, as you have decided to leave for the places that are safe, I have a request. Just try to ask those ‘safe nations’ who have charged up the whole board and converted one-third of the world into a battlefield? They finance, they sell arms, they acquire resources, they corrupt governments and then again, they come to rescue, they finance and so on… Why???
    We will miss you and would always welcome you with an open heart!!!
    Have a great life ahead George….Recommend

  • Amjad
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Shocking Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 7:40PM

    good bye George we will miss uRecommend

  • Burhan Lodhi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:54PM

    *Good Bye *Pray for usRecommend

  • Haider Mandviwalla
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Mr. George,

    I still remmber the first day you came to my school. I was 13 then, and when I saw you, while our principal was introducing you, I knew there was something special about you. In English class, you had done a mini role play with us, taking parts from “Kabi Khoshi Kabi Ghum,” and you made all of us laugh. You showed us a brighter side towards life in a decaying country.

    Now, 2 years have past, and I have not forgotten that day since. I researched your work; what you are trying to do for this country that many of us are too ignorant to do. I saw how you started off in George Ka Pakistan, and to be honest, you are and always will be more of a Pakistani than any of us sitting at home and reading this.

    Your son, Faiz, is a member of KK, a business my mother owns. I have seen him often, and he is very sweet; a new Mr. Fulton in the making! I hope that one day he will become just like his father, and maybe even better :)

    To know you are leaving has made me lose hope; not by a tiny bit that will be forgotten the next day, but to a great extent where I might even start losing hope of my country. I just hope that that day never comes.

    I have not seen Pakistan yet, that beauty you were telling us about; I have only seen anger and misunderstanding. Maybe I have dreamt of what it was once, or what it might will be in the near future (Inshahallah), but I have been born into a time where Pakistan is dying; where she is dying not becuase of her corruption, but of those people living, breathing, and killing inside her.

    I know one day you will come back; you were born for this, Mr. Fulton. You were born to show lost souls the path to a new world that no one has ever seen before, or maybe one that I have never seen before. You were our Guy. We will miss you, and so will Pakistan, but I do ask for one favour.

    Do not blame Pakistan for this, blame the people living in her.Recommend

  • Mariam Saifuddin
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:27PM

    Oh George don´t leave :(-Mariam from N´eco´sRecommend

  • Mariam Saifuddin
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:34PM

    Oh George, terrible news:( don´t leave :( – Mariam from NecosRecommend

  • JB Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Please go and fly..Moreover, if it is meant to be you will come back. After all that is what true Love is. Do not worry your heart my Country-Man My Brother. Long after you have gone like so many of this great country’s great sons (who left for one pretext or another), this love of yours will never forget you. Like them you will return, like them you will find a piece of your own land. It is sad but true what you wrote but never the less. The label of failed state is with us since our inception in 1947 and so are the arguments you made to that effect. You have all the right to do so because this is the land of the pure and you have as much right to criticize it as anyone else because George this is as much your country as any other Pakistani’s. All I request you is to please read the First copy of Magazine Time which came out after the creation of Pakistan and you will be amazed on what this country was portrayed then and what it is being portrayed now. Nevertheless, Bon Voyage, fair winds and will see you soon. With Love your Countryman.Recommend

  • JB Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:50PM

    After posting my comment on this article, I am pleasantly surprised that I am not the only one who wants to stay the course with Pakistan and “promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.” The people who think otherwise do not worry you will be fine and ok too, after all not everyone is strong, you are our fellow citizens we will carry you too.Recommend

  • Zubia Jamil
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Bye george.. u will be missed. Don’t stop visiting us thought. :) take careRecommend

  • Baqir
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Hi George. What you feel today is not something new. You have all the rights to your opinion, but i don’t agree with you. Pakistan and its citizens are not that downcast as you have tried to portray in your article. May be it was your own personal failure to grasp the fact that there are fewer countries in the world that can parallel the achievements that we have attained. The only comparison for your assimilation that i can give is that of American Cyclist “Lance Armstrong”. The man is suffering from cancer but still kept fighting and achieved unthinkable feats. Similarly, Yes Pakistan is also fighting many cancers. But look closely George, we hold our head high we still strive to make our country work. There have been earthquakes, floods and many more calamities but we have stayed together.
    You seemed quite pent up by the extremism in society, but either you have not bothered to study history or chose to ignore it. All societies have passed through this phase. Did Christians not massacred other Christians?? But now they are all sober and flag bearers of decency. We are much better than what your elders were !!!
    This Nation has shown its strength by wresting its independence fro British, keeping indian hegemony at bay, achieving and retaining Nuclear power against all odds. Allah Almighty willing, we will get rid of this menace of extremism and terrorism and we will break the hegemony of west. You came to Pakistan and we accepted you with open hearts and arms. Don’t you think you were not worth it???Recommend

  • mahwesh bilal khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:12PM

    It is sad to hear all these things being said about Pakistan, precisely because they are true!

    The lack of electricity, the poverty, the corruption were all things we as Pakistanis had managed to cope with, and manage to work in our own small ways to resolve…. but this new ‘mind set’ of intolerence, is just plain simple crazy—Salman Taseer’s murder in cold blood is one example that made it to the lime light because Salman Taseer was a public figure— how many other murders in cold blood are taking place in Pakistan every day due to intolerance is any body’s guess!

    But there is the other side of this too– another side of what Pakistan has let ‘others’ do to it…there is the example of Raymond Davis (whatever his actual name may be) killing Pakistanis in cold blood! How can he be acting in self defence when the men he killed were running AWAY from him not TOWARDS him! It is also a case of intolerance if you ask me! Just google and watch the video of the dying wife of one of the men he killed….if you understand Urdu, you will feel the pain in that woman’s voice. The pain that brought tears to everyone who watched it. I am a mother of young children, I cannot imagine leaving my children in this cold cruel world deliberately…just imagine the agony of this woman whose husband was killed and who has no hope for justice, that made her leave her children and take her life! just imagine…

    George there is more to it than you going away with your heart broken. Like you say, you have the luxury of walking away from the scene of an accident…

    …..WE the PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN dont want to walk away from the scene of an accident…we are involved in the accident, its us and our loved ones who are hurt…and as painful as it is to watch…we will stand by, and make sure we do everything to make it better!

    May Allah give us courage and good sense to prevailRecommend

  • Hassan Zaheer
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:27PM

    @Aisha Randhawa:

    Let me correct you, historically, the country which was founded on 14th Aug 1947 and named Pakistan doesn’t exist anymore on the map of this world, it was long ago finished on 16th Dec 1971; however there is still a land-portion of the old country which his people called as Pakistan, you could call it anything XYZ/ABC as Pakistan-2 doesn’t matter but the country which was founded by Quaid we lost that, we should expect that so we could come out of all kinds of glorifications of our selves and of this remaining part of the land, and in reality this high level of glorification which in fact wasn’t there and isn’t there in general at all.Recommend

  • Raza Ali ABIDI
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:40PM

    I am least surprised. I remember those lovely days when the mosques were small and restaurants used to open during the month of Ramazan (or Ramadhan) with a curtain on the front door. People used to be honest, truthful and upright and it was a great place to live in and to be in love with. My dear George, I hope you have left my country and are still not there after writing those painful lines, I hope.Recommend

  • Khurshid Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:55PM

    “Muslims all over the world often talk longingly of the Empire they had lost, of their past greatness, of their domination of the world . They had ruled Spain for 800 years and much of Eastern Europe for almost 400 years. They even talk of their past mastery of the sciences, they forget that for all their brilliance they cannot answer the question “why “. They cannot answer why there is life in the world, why there is a universe, why matter acts in the way it does, why oxygen and hydrogen form water and a myriad other chemical and physical reactions.

    They may know how all those things happen but never why. They are not the genius they think they are. And because the human race is becoming more and more arrogant, religion and spiritual values are needed even more. And Islam can provide the spiritual values, to those who believe and to those who don’t. The Islam that can provide these values is fundamental Islam, the truly fundamental Islam which advocates peace, charity and caring, not the Islam which commits crimes and calls out the name of Allah to justify it.

    The 21st Century is not relevant to the Muslims. It is just a period in time. But the 21st Century will see many changes and the Muslims will be a part of these changes whether they like it or not. It is better for them to face the 21st Century with their eyes wide open and with a clear vision of what they want to do and the role they wish to play. And if they chose to play a constructive role while retaining their faith, as well as their spiritual values and their true brotherhood, they would be able to contribute positively to the development of mankind, to put it on an even keel again and to prevent the self-destruct course which the human race appears to be heading for. The Muslims can be a force for human good in the 21st Century.” ~~ Dr Mahathir MohammadRecommend

  • sohail
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:17PM


    I am sad we lost you. i dont know many words like you, but…Dont go man…Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Read this article with interest and after reading this thought that Pakistan really has a bright future. I think this way, becuase of the reason that all the great nations had have such difficult times. We all know, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but harldy anyone believe this. We have to believe anything that we know to be true. Unless we believe it we all be a Geroge in our own right. George, it was nice of you to be here for so many years and we wish you good luck where ever you go. But we have to, and will by the grace of GOD live in this country and if not us our next generations will see the great times coming to this country and it’s countrymen. Recommend

  • Reema
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:34PM

    I don’t blame you for leaving, but it does make me terribly sad. Pakistan, despite all my love for it, scares me to death now. In ten very long years, life as we knew it, has changed. I appreciate all that you did for the country, your open-mindedness and optimism, am in a very dark way, am glad you got out of Pakistan safe. You were one of the very few who understood what it takes for a foreigner to get respect and love from a generally xenophobic nation.Recommend

  • hafsa Farooq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:36PM

    haha. yes, sad as the picture is, its only one sided but that is to be expected of people with limited abilities or multi faceted agendas. I dont need to go in any depths to make people realise what i mean nor do i need to present any justifications of such words as mister george has used. all i want to say is, farewell and we wont miss you at all. we didnt invite you here nor are we forcing you out. be a man. deal with it sir, the whole world is full of shortcomings, as is Pakistan. If youre looking for perfection to love…i believe you’ll probably be leaving every place every few years. Good Luck.Recommend

  • Sohaib
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:41PM

    Hey G!…hate to see you leave and for the above reasons it saddens me more…
    I was born in Dubai, even though i am paki… i came to this country to study… and i fell in love with it …its gotten bad here really bad now… but as they say ” when the going gets tough, the tough get going! ” so im going to ride it out here in pakistan… cause it in the end of the day ….. ” Its Mine!!!!! “:DRecommend

  • H. Khalid
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Allah Hafiz, George- and i mean that with all my heart. For you, for all those who have left this country, for all who have chosen to remain.

    I wish we all truly understood the meaning of that.

    I don’t need to recount the challenges this Pakistan is facing. We are well-versed on that one. United in our condemnation of the situation in general. It has a deceptive face though- it is a many-headed monster, and that in itself is the biggest problem. We HAVE the defensive capability, we just don’t know what to direct it at, what the real source of the trouble is. To all those who read this, know that Truth can be only one; ask your God with purity of intent, determination, focus, and unwavering faith to show you things as they truly are- and that inshAllah is the day we will be able to stop blaming ourselves- because that is the day we will be truly free of blame for what is going on.

    Pakistan is not just a piece of land… it is an ideology. It is not just an ideology, it is a force that flows in the blood of, potentially, every Pakistani. My Pakistan is within me. It is irrelevant to me whether X leaves today or Y leaves tomorrow. They would, of course, be welcomed back with open arms, but my point is the choices of any individual are inconsequential to the bigger picture. I don’t care if these challenges are multiplied; i don’t care if citizens and politicians continue to disappoint; i don’t care if My Pakistan is continuously dubbed a failed state- I know that as long as it is alive within me, within even one pakistani, Pakistan can never be defeated. Everything comes into being with a purpose; we were all born with a purpose; and until it has fulfilled that duty, my Pakistan will remain intact. It will flourish. It does not depend on any of us.

    I am grateful, more than i have words to express, that i have the luxury to remain.

    God bless all of you. Recommend

  • Asad Janjua
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Thank you! Exactly my feelings! I was actually kicking my behind for seeing red flags everywhere and thought that I had gone bonkers. So I am still sane! The scar will last you the whole life time though! I hope some PTSD therapy works ;) And no I am not being sarcastic, love for this dream has its toll on your soul. Such is life!Recommend

  • S.Malik
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Hey Dont go yaar,, plzzz,,,Recommend

  • farooq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:08PM

    We will fight for the best of our country … don worryRecommend

  • PakiPower
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:10PM

    who do u think Mr Madi u r i c u and shoot u calling my quaid-e-azam arrrogant and selfish. it was best plan for everybody foreverRecommend

  • Imran
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:13PM

    since now you have taken it all out on us, atleast we didnt nuke cities, nor we gassed any jews and neither we invaded countries with no military power. Get Lost!

    and if anybody doesnt like my comment, he/she can eat dirtRecommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 11:24PM

    You’re leaving The Pakistan….you dont have faith and determination to help the Nation getting out of this critical situation coz, you don’t think you are a Pakistani.

    BUT! We’re staying in here to help out our countrymen because we know We are Pakistani and we proud of it! Wish you luck for ur luxuries :)Recommend

  • naveed bajwa
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:28PM

    I have no objection to Gora’s writing about anything in any way he felt, while he was around. But all of a sudden this coounty looks like a failed state to him, and he is fearing for his life. I know his ex wife and they were respectable people……….relationship do end, but they talking all rout is also not on…..Go look for hte states you were supporitng like Behrain etc are in no shape to exist……..we still survie and so we will………..Khuda hafiz Gora sahibRecommend

  • jeff dawson
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:30PM

    rude awakening for the gringo :(Recommend

  • jeff dawson
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:32PM

    rude awakening for the gringo…. :(Recommend

  • shahnawaz khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:41PM

    this country has gone to the dogsRecommend

  • fatimah shaikh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:42PM

    I do an eye roll when i read comments on any article. The mind set we all battle with is sick, starting with our own. A CIA agent or a sweet neighbor – whatever he may be, George is a human being first. But hey, we’ve all forgotten that we are humans too and just feel that we are machines made for criticism.

    Take away Faiz and Kiran but in his heart George, in his heart instill the love of the land he was born in…for he is the hope for our nation :))) Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:47PM

    goodbye George. I think you are more patriotic than majority of Pakistanis right now and your words will be valued as ‘a very timely truth’ in history. Just feel sorry for my nation that perhaps we don’t realize how many patriots we have lost like this in the past few years, but please dont forget, that you will always be A Pakistani in our eyes :)Recommend

  • Bina mustafa
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:51PM

    Home is the resort of love,of peace,of joy and plenty,where people live in harmony and complete bliss we surely lack this in our homeland but still there a magic in this little word pakistan that happens to be our homeland which sadly mr george couldnt understand and felt becuase it could never become his home.Bieng young and witness all this bloodshed and turmoil hapening all around is sometimes too much to absorb specially when having ‘resource and talent’ to dumb pakistan and leave but then whats the difference between mr george (who first left ‘land of opportunities’ as they proudly call it and now a ‘mullah stricken.’state) and me.FIinally mr george has chosen a prosperous secure country as it puffs up narrow souls makes them imaigne themselves high and mighty and leads them to look down upon the rest of world with contempt.we will inshallah rise from this greatest stress and will become brigt and conspicuous once more as we are fighters and we dont more thing who wil decide the true difintion of being ‘moderat and liberal’.and please before you finally leave after divorce can you just answer one ordinary question what do you call in your moderate liberal dictionary a ruthless day light murder of common men by a supreme power on streets of lahore,and also drone attacks killing i dont know how many.May be you can just send an answer siting in a comfortable,free,secure,moderate and liberal society which you originally hailed from.Anyways good luck and may you find all that you couldnt find in pakistan. Recommend

  • Tahnia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:52PM

    As always you looked through the eyes of media. If you would have observed Pakistani people you wouldnt have said good-bye. Please come out of the fact what media potrays. Its not always the truth. And Pakistan is not represented only by so called Extremist, Political leaders, Media handlers. Theres alot more to that. Why dont you appreciate what we have rather criticising our mistakes made by few. Its a poor country where lives are at risks but still people have hopes, dreams, growing literacy rate and a bright future.
    Many other countries have issues, why always is it the muslim country targeted and potrayed in such a way. Crisis are there in INDIA, SRILANKA, USA, UK, GERMANY, FRANCE, SWEDEN etc. I am sorry to say George what you percived from here and i wished you wouldnt have wrote all this and have shared a better image of Pakistan.

    Have a wonderful journey ahead.Recommend

  • Saqib Hanif
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Well I have tried to read all the comments, Geroge buddy I am now 43 years old and listing this all rubbish of being failed state Pakistan, Well it is due to you goras. Inshallha Pakistan is there and will remain there for ever we will inshallha be leaders, if your country was so good what the hell you were doing in Pakistan looking for mangoes?Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 12:07AM

    ahh George, I understand how you feel bro, but cmon, salvation isn’t just rainbows and pony’s. Jesus and Prophet Muhammad went through some tough times too.
    Yer article did raise some good points and I do sense fear amongst all liberals. M just waitin for that fear bubble to burst. And when that happens, every liberal be out on the street coz they’ll be left with no other choice but to face their protagonist.
    I hope and pray that wherever u go, u find love and happiness.
    Do come back :)Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 12:13AM

    You HAD to go George.Im surprised what took you so long. You can’t be blamed for fleeing(?) at a time when the country needed you the most .There are thousands if not millions in this country who wouldnt take a second to run away if they had a choice.

    I must add that people should stop giving the impression that ‘this is the end’. Pakistan has survived against all odds. It will continue to do so InshaAllah. We WILL recover and get back our Pakistan because Pakistan is not of the evil. It belongs to those common Pakistanis who showered an unknown gora with so much love. It belongs to US.

    Good luck with your life!Recommend

  • Erum Atif
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:14AM

    ” Once the relationship turned abusive and I feared for my life, I decide to call it quits. “

    Really. I do sympathize with you and can well imagine how many threats and warnings you would have got but tell me,

    What about those pakistanis who are in love with the sounds of birds chirping away that comes in the window every morning, the thankfulness that pours out of his heart for another lovely day, the peace and calm of his home and the city bustling away, the one who still prays and tears for Pakistan in every namaz, the one who cherishes the clear nights and the moonlight pouring in.

    Can those of us lose hope so easily? can we let go what we love so deeply and can we forgo where we were born and where we belong.

    NO NO NO and NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • samia
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:19AM

    We all will miss you greatly:)
    But I object you calling Pakisatn a failed state,it’s not one.Hope is still alive today and our nation is bestowed with skills.Our nation at the moment is a bit lost in darkness,but InshaALLAH we will come out of it and will emerge as the greatest nation and people the World has ever seen.

    Secondly,you seem disturbed by the way people are killed on religious lines,I also condemn that completely, but we must also not forget that first comes Religion.
    All those sects have done something unlawful,like the Christian lady made sad bad about our Prophet(S.A.W).If you notice,you can see that no Muslim in Pakistan is making fun of Jesus,instead they are given political freedom.


  • Umair
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Dude, you make us cry!Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:24AM

    This made us cry but if every Pakistani just keeps leaving Pakistan like this- there will be no Pakistan evetually! Let’s fight for it and make it a place where millions of Georges would want to stay forever!Recommend

  • Safiullah KGS class of 2010
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:25AM

    I dont blame you for leaving Pakistan George, especially since scores of those who were even born and bread over here are now leaving the soil. Yes indeed these are tumultuos times but if you cast a sensory look over the history of several todays developed nations, you will come across many that have gone through worse!
    France, USA, UK, JAPAN and Germany are just a few.
    We will rise again Inshallah and we will reach heights never before known to mankind!

    I wish you all the best for your future though. You will be IMMENSELY missed!!

    Much love and best regards


  • Mar 4, 2011 - 12:32AM

    thats really sad George,Pakistan loves you and is still yours :(Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Alas! we have seen George ka Pakistan but not Pakistan Ka George :(Recommend

  • Sana Ansari
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:40AM

    George you will be missed.
    It’s not that easy, to love and to leave… Once touched we remain touched. Our experiences change us and whether its for better or for worse forever touched we remain- no matter where we go.
    My parents enjoyed your show because they could relate to you. They moved to Pakistan from England after they got married and are still there with the choice to move back. Albiet a bit disillusioned at times, they’re holding on hope for a better day for the country.

    Please keep writing about your experiences-, you have witnessed more of Pakistan than the average Pakistani.

    Good luck to you and your family :) Thanks for the GKP memories.

    I’d like to leave you with a Khalil Gibran quote:
    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
    Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall. Recommend

  • Syed Mansoor Jafri
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:03AM

    Well ! to me it’s your personal choice u elect to leave for whatever the reasons are… But George u know.. we do not always have all the things working good around you. The Human survival have always been behind some outcome of continuous endeavors. The only thing which keeps us alive is Hope & Optimism. This world will always be with some good and bad factors, everywhere around the globe, how long u gonna be changing your places ?
    i am here in Pakistan with so many others thinking alike, with a hope the change will come someday, we will be bringing it if GOD wills…. Recommend

  • M Humayun
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:01AM

    well ,how many people and especially Pakistanis left USA when Mr john F Kennedy and Mr Abrahem Lincolin the presidents of USA were gunned down ?what was that?and also how many people left USA when it staged a fake and bogus attack on Newyork twin Towers on 9/11?what was that?the present wave of terror is a gift given to pakistan by USA ,and what did the USA spy RAIMOND DAVIS in Lahore ?plz Mr GEORGE answer these questions and then leave pakistan,Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:05AM

    The roots are the same… We will Revive… Inshallah Recommend

  • salim ahmad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Finally “Curious George’s curiousity ends…I cannot say, whether Pakistan is a failed nation or not.. but i know pakistan is a very sick society..There is no chance in hell to reform this soiciety. Thanks for trying George.. I feel sorry for you…Enjoyed ur divorce..Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 3:07AM

    Dear George ! I am reading this article of yours with tears in my eyes !
    What can I say …yes ! me too ( a BORN PAKISTANI … A BORN MUSLIM )… me too LOST all my hopes when I read out Facebook comments on Salaman TAseer Brutal Murder !
    I am studying abroad & was anxiously waiting to go back to my Motherland after completing my studies but NOW I lost MY HOPES …… HUMAN were in Majority when I left my country But it looks that now they are in MINORITY ! I think ten times go back to a Place where HUMANS are KILLED by animals just because those Humans COMMIT HUMANITY !Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 3:12AM

    @Mariam: LOOSING TEMPER in this way showing that George did the Right thing ! If Mariam could ask George to GO TO HELL , then MULANA Molvi , mufti whatever MUMTAZ QADRI may Practically send him to the ” other side “( but who knows after that brutal killing in the name of religion George would be in Heaven & Mulana sahib would be in ..yes !!.who knows…… All Depend on Almighty.. )Recommend

  • Syed Umar
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:23AM

    George, not sure whether to feel sad at the end of this chapter or to congratulate you on all your contributions to Pakistani society. You came from the outside and kindled hope in so many Pakistanis. We can only try to guess your secret recipe: your honesty, humility, sense of humor and adventure, combined with the way you exposed new angles of looking at our own country.

    I was one of the those people inspired, amongst other turn of events, by watching George Ka Pakistan, to leave behind my settled life in the US and take the plunge. I ended up spending 3 wonderful years in Pakistan, from 2005 to 2008. I finally left Pakistan when cynicism crept into me, reinforced by looking at people around me embracing corruption and bowing to criminals, ghundas, badmash, and failing to take a stand for their rights and for what’s right. I guess if freedom of mass media incl. TV/Radio, print, Facebook, Twitter, are not able to motivate the masses then it is a lost cause.

    Thank you George for genuinely trying to make a positive impact. Being a “Gora”, its quite impressive that you survived a lot longer than any overseas desi’s have been able to.Recommend

  • Ayub
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:40AM

    An excellent piece. Thanks George for writing this long overdue article about Pakistan. That country has become a cancer that is hard to cure.Recommend

  • Tasneem Sidhpurwala
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:50AM

    I could have said AYATOLLAHSO! Even when my parents left Pakistan 40 years ago, they knew that they had to get out just to live a decent life. Islam has a long ways to go before it is ready for a global civilization. Islam has to through a Reformation like Christianity started during the time of Elizabeth I. A religion whose beliefs are so fragile that it has capital punishment for blasphemy laws. Deep inside their hearts, muslims know that it is not a true religion that can bring progress and peace to its people. It is a religion for the losers, the uneducated and for mob rule. Until the religion is civilized, no Muslim country can be civilized. I am sick of hearing that the root cause is poverty. The root cause of poverty is Islam and muslims deserve the governments that they have around the world (minus Turkey of course).
    See you in America or UK or Australia or any part of the civilized world where you belong. Remember, it is better to have loved than not have loved at all. I hope to be like you when I grow up and see the good in people.Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 3:52AM


    You’ve been a source of inspiration for the last few months, since I found out that George of “George ka Pakistan” has decided to actually make it “George ka Pakistan”. I thought that if someone who could leave a life of tranquillity for something that still learning its basics, then maybe I could at least try to appreciate what I can get from this country, perhaps in terms of having more to do/fix than what I can right now while living abroad. Sadly I was mistaken but it was hardly unexpected. George, I wont insult you as you depart (if you choose to). You did us a favour when you joined us, we probably did nothing to deserve it, perhaps just that we are very hospitable and we have some nice looking mountain ranges. I’ll say that when compared to the occasional muslim convert who emigrates from the west after he decide to kick it up a notch, you were a nice person to see in Pakistan because you seemed like someone who came to change things and you didn’t ride on the “white is right” wagon. I respected these things very much. But in the end its unreasonable to expect someone like you to stay in Pakistan. I mean, this is our job; the reforms that are needed for this country, We should burn and die when necessary, not someone whose grandparents have already endured these growing pains in their own time. Perhaps with so many capable people leaving Pakistan, the rest will have to realize that there’s no one else to blame. Maybe then the values of a democratic and secular system will become clearer.

    So George, feel free to leave. Its always sad when a citizen decides to leave. A lot of my friends have left after finding reasonable jobs abroad. But that’s life (the middle/upper class Pakistani life anyway). I still think that if you decide to stay, you’ll find that this country can surprise you in a more pleasant way and even if not so, there’s still the virtue of trying in vain.

    Good Luck and God Bless.


  • Farheen Pasha
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:30AM

    Dear George,

    Some 5 yrs ago, I also went to Pakistan, abandoning my comfy life in USA, I wanted to go back to my roots. I experienced the same wild eyed wonder but yes, it did not last long, and 3 yrs into the game, I am back in USA.

    Karachi is def. not the place I grew up in, and although I don’t like living in USA, I seem to have no choice. I am stuck between two extreme places, America with its fake consumerism, far away from family and friends, and Pakistan, where there is no compassion, justice or ethics.

    Anyway, thanks for trying out Pakistan–at least you will know her as more than a one dimensional place and best of luck resettling in UK!Recommend

  • s.a
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:40AM

    Sad indeed.
    However this is expected if extremism in the name of God reaches this level as it has in Pakistan. And that too is expected if true guidance to what religion is, is refuted and rejected without reason. And that too is expected according to prophecies of Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) about the mulla of the ‘latter days’.
    Only a recognition of the truth from Divinely sent will save Pakistan, and the whole of mankind. Please explore with unbiased hearts. Recommend

  • wahab
    Mar 4, 2011 - 5:54AM

    No words!!Recommend

  • Fatma
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:24AM

    George, while the going was good, you stayed and enjoyed life in Pakistan. but as soon as the going got tough, you turned your back on the people who embraced you, and gave you the power to write in the mainstream media and appear on TV. I’m not questioning your leaving Pakistan, that’s your personal decision; but i question your publicly demeaning Pakistani society as a whole. Some points:
    1. All this started in Pakistan ever since NATO (UK) and US forces invaded Afghanistan. It’s a known fact that all these activities to destabilize Pakistan are being financed from across the border. So if anything, these culprit parties should be held responsible for that, including U.K. I hope you will write about this in a British daily when you get to the U.K.

    Only a fraction of people might have supported the assassination of Taseer. There are many incidents where many politicians have been killed in the world, including U.S., India, etc. so this is not a guage to measure a nation’s failure or success. Anyway, fact remains that the time Taseer remained in power, he didnt do anything considerably positive for the people of Punjab. He was willingly part of the most corrupt government we have ever seen in Pakistan (democratic).
    Pakistani nation as a collective, has been a target of these foreign funded attacks, incl Christians and all Muslims. dont single out minorities just to make a point. last time i checked, there were more hate crimes in the West against Muslims minorities. I hope you will write about that in a British daily.

  • Bushra Siddiqui
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:32AM

    George, I don’t know you but I love the fact that every word of this article reflects the heartache of a disappointed lover. I can relate to every word you say on a different level, and I believe as many others have said here, you will not be able to truly leave Pakistan behind. The love for it will always haunt a corner of your heart, and some day when Pakistan has undergone the transformation it has to go through, you will be back. Pakistan is a naughty child and an unfaithful lover, but it’s your child and lover. As much as one tries to give up on it and leave, the secret hope of its redemption never leaves you. I guess it’s because of the abundance of pure love there is to be found in the people of Pakistan, and their open hearts. They might be tainted with disillusions right now, but deep inside they are still pure and accommodating. They are just running out of options, and desperately trying every avenue they are presented with, to see if that might work to make their lives and Pakistan as a whole, a better place. I wish you all the best, and hope you are united with this love of yours one day.Recommend

  • Syed Sarfraz Ali
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:12AM

    Its sad to know that you are leaving for good, but I agree that our tolerance level is decreasing and extremism is increasing. I support you in your decision as one has the right to make decisions, he thinks fits for his/herself.
    I wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. GOOD BYE.Recommend

  • Syed Sarfraz Ali
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Its sad to know that you are leaving Pakistan for good, but I do agree with you that our tolerance level is decreasing and extermism is increasing. I support you in your decision and one has got the right to take decisions, h/she thinks fit for him/herself.
    I wish you the best of luck in your future career pursuits. GOODBYE George!Recommend

  • Javid
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Dear George, I lived over thirty years outside Pakistan, but I never forgot who I was and where I came from. I was proud and defended Pakistan if any foreigner criticized us. I always dreamed of coming back to start a school in my village and help our people. Like you I was blind, I lived in a a Pakistan of my young days. The Pakistan of today is a wild, selfish, intolerant place which I do not understand. All my attempts to do something have not been a success. Our youngsters are more illiterate then in my time. It hurts. Recommend

  • *Let there be light*
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:27AM

    when Pakistan was doing well you needed it and accepted it,now when Pakistan needs you ,you are leaving her…….shows you are self entered.Right thing would be to stand up for your love and protect her not to desert her.Recommend

  • Waheeda
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Dear George,British came to India ruled enjoyed and left.So do u.Whats the difference.Only the foolish loving natives.Once again we take the burden.Thanks…We love you ever because we have the habit of loving GORAS! Recommend

  • Afshan Javaid
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Don’t lose hope George. A day will come when Musharraf will be back and we along with him will turn the tables on these terrible people. Please do consider coming back then.Recommend

  • Muhammad Awais
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Oh, You should not go.
    I miss you GeorgeRecommend

  • Mujtaba
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:17AM

    George your expression is much of a common man highly affected by the circumstances and somewhat the kurt truth of Pakistan! however, that kurt truth is potentially 10% of the overall life in Pakistan and i with all my respect for you was disappointed to see that you simply wrote down what our idiotic media has been playing on all channels. It is strange that who ever gets a chance to become a journalist or a media person only talks about what all is bad in this country of 80 million and above….none of those self acclaimed proud pakistanis; due to their jobs or their money making intentions mention a single thing which happens every day and is good too. So you were the Ambassador of happines in good times in Pakistan which earned you loads of respect and fan fare and when the going is tough you have chosen the same path of escape and while leaving the country giving this impression to the nation that all is doom here. I would not want you to come back when the going is good here and not even write anythin g about this country sitting abroad unless you can use your intellect to bring out the good aspects in bad times and lift the spirit of a nation which is starving for some positive light. I am not a writer of any stature but felt emotionally offended by your writing and am sure that some money makers will play around this article of yours and present Pakistan as the worst peace of land; unless you believe in what you have expressed as your love and affection and challenge anything and everything that comes negatively for Pakistan. I may sound emotional and illogical at this point but how many of us no matter who we are by birth European, Asian, American, australian &/or jews, muslims, christians, hindus leave our mothers or our loved ones in times or trouble. So why you leaving the love of your love to save yourself the trouble and not work towards heling your love out of trouble. i saw someone mentioning, too many good things are happening in this country as well; be a part of atleast one good and you will find this heaven just like any other.

    one advice from a hard core pakistani. if you cannot use your pen to instill good for this country do not use it to create more chaos; our beloved media is doing a great job there anyways!!Recommend

  • Naeem
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:17AM

    @Usama Zafar: What nonsense osama? George did not come to Pakistan on his own. He was ‘posted’ here by his ‘principals’, he has done his job exceptionally well and now he’s been called back. I dont usually engage in such useless debates but osama your comments are really shocking. Know yourself, know OTHERS and realize the DIFFERENCE. We are a naive nation but george is not. Most of the people here may not believe but George knows exactly WHAT i mean.

    GoodBye, George. And, congratulations that you managed to leave before u r exposed. Recommend

  • HBR
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:43AM

    This is the death of hope. Nothing is worse than the death of hope – not even lack of hope. To once have hope and optimism and then to experience it die as you struggle to seek the outcome you had hoped for kills with it many other shimmering flames. The death of hope is contagious. George’s divorce means much more than the end of a relationship, it means the end of a struggle, an effort and a one-man crusade. Recommend

  • Muhammad Azeem
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:54AM

    same like other typical gory he has proved and blammed our beloved country for wt we have not done.
    its done by west and his own Great Britian left us in war with india and Kashir in indian hands making people think that they should decide the things themself.

    UNO puppet
    G8 selfish and blood sucker
    Britian hipocrate supporting illegal israel and badmaash India
    US badmaash supporting own intrests and israel and all anti pakistani elements, now wt will pakistani think n do in this situation.
    my answer is same wt is happening here
    now killing high profile people like ministers doing nothing to help poor people and core issued of pakistan.
    there is no terrorism just a hopless people doing it if we change our policy and old habbits and look wt our people say and wt is right for our country it will be fine.

    justice with Rymon if otherwise again troubles in pakistan among people who support it or who r against it.

    Pakistan Zinda baadRecommend

  • Dr Shahram
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:27AM

    dear George!
    I totally agree with what you have said
    You have the luxury of leaving this place, but we do not
    You have pointed out Taseer’s murder as the catalyst for your decision
    I go a little back to the Sialkot Incident
    that very incident made it clear to me that we no longer are a Nation, a State, or even Human Beings
    People live in the delusion that the things will turn for better here
    but my dears, this will not happen, i repeat WILL NOT HAPPEN
    the only way this non nation, non state, non human mob is heading is further deep into the cruel jaws of extremism and intolerance
    so good bye Mr Fulton
    it was lovely knowing you, but I am happy for you that you have made the right choiceRecommend

  • rahul db
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:42AM

    I just stumbled here, don’t really know who George is, but these comments should give him hope that all is not lost and a lot of people understand that ‘this’ Pakistan is not what they want. So, George since you are a citizen its not fair that you leave, not that my opinion matters.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Anyone can live in a well established, safe, friendly and so called successful state. It takes courage to live in Pakistan against which living these days seems to be a very difficult task.Recommend

  • Saeed M
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:10PM


    What I write below is not directed at anyone personally:

    George came to this country and stayed for a while. People gave him love and he apparently spoke his mind. But he could not stomach the difficulties of Pakistan and chose to leave. He did not have to leave his family, livelihood for others through his business or any solid roots in Pakistan. His decision to make, and I do not blame him.

    We, on the other hand, have had a longer exposure to Pakistan. We have families, friends and dependents here who depend on us to help improve their lives. We have roots.

    We are put on this Earth to be tested. The tests in Pakistan are obvious – scarcity of electricity, water and law and order, among others. But tests are everywhere – in the UK and US too. But do we view these as tests? And the biggest test is striving in establishing Allah SWT’s writ on the land, to banish injustice.

    Many people leave Pakistan for far off places, to raise a new family while leaving behind the old family to die. A teacher of mine once said that Pakistan was becoming an old peoples home. These old people were care for by Bill – Dollar Bill that is- while they should have been taken care of by their children.

    Insensitivity, intolerance etc. are there in our society because our best and brightest leave selfishly. What else do you expect from those left behind?

    I do not blame George for leaving, as he had few roots here. I do not understand others with deeper roots who have left.



  • Najam
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Wish you all the best George and hope that you can one day return to Pakistan..a Pakistan which every sane and literate human being dreams, liberal, progressive and independant Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:16PM

    George…! i hope you might find some good things as well in Pakistani Nation during your stay and you might taking some good with you back. one thing which i wanna say here is laws can always ammended because they are man made but dignity and self respect cant. when hillarious cartoons of Mohammad PBUH published nobody like you left those states but killing like Salman Taseer provoked you to leave a country where your choosen your wife and child was born. Good Bye and live safe life……. Recommend

  • qsah
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Extremism, violence and these doomed leaders…. these are backed from where u are going to, george, we are a developing nation, and in a tight spot right now ONLY because of u
    ‘goras’.. ploughing and making Kalashnikovs does NOT make u a pakistani, and so have absolutely no right whatsoever to abuse our beloved state.
    a happy life to u.Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:22PM

    I agree with Marium …… Our relation with Pakistan is like Mother so please divorce is provoking example……saying Good bye is your right, you can leave any country but abandoning and divorcing is not a good word… Recommend

  • SAAD
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:24PM

    this blog is making crap loads of money !!! lol smart man behind this blog lol Recommend

  • aysha noreen
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:36PM

    love pakistan or leave it,its very easy to criticise pakistan,but we r pakistan,just correct youself,one person can change the world around him,pakistan is islam and it will not die,no matter who comes or country is better than the whole world.this is it.its life,air,fruits,veges,clothes,people,colours,all are the best,busRecommend

  • Asad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:39PM

    George you need to be more stronger than you are, and that clearly shows your are not pakistani. We pakistanis will live our lives here with these ups and down, but we will not run anywhere, we are not chickens.Recommend

  • Asim Ahmed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Hi George,
    I hardly ever saw your reality show GKP but heard enough about it from friends, colleagues & others. I also watched you a couple of times in morning shows on Geo I believe. Apparently all that looked fairly balanced in the sense that you were showered with love, warmth & hospitality from Pakistan and its people and in return you “adopted” Pakistan and returned the favor. So far it seems so cool. Your allegation that Pakistan gave you “conditional” love does not seem to be justified based on the fact that you also had conditions set in the back of your mind that “if you are now allowed to freely raise your voice in a not-so-open society and criticized on your opinion” you’ll revert back your decision of adopting Pakistan. Dude, this is conditional love that you did to us (Pakistan). While coming to Pakistan, we (Pakistan) did not make any promise to you that you’ll be treated specially (like you said a naive gora). It was you who came to us and tried to become like one of us. We all know Pakistan has its problems and they are aggravating but there are lots of good people around us who are trying hard to improve the situation in their own special areas as you mentioned. If you were awarded Pakistani citizenship you were honored and you should have kept that honor. It is not some thing that you accept one day and disown the other day! I an not at all advocating any of the mishaps that did happen in last couple of months or years but simply stating the truth that nations go through these times and people stand firmly in these times rather than leaving us. Well, its your decision to leave us based on your personal preferences, I can’t say anything about it, but one thing I am sure about is you did not accepted us unconditionally either! Good bye, and remember my words, Pakistan is made to stand on the world map and inshallah it will remain there … As far as the forecasts of Pakistan on a precipice & verge of collapse, are invented in foreign lands and propagated inside through a disciplined effort. We are in deep economic trouble, but we’ll overcome them inshallah.
    Good bye, and you will be welcome again if you ever rationalize this decision.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:00PM

    It’s been quite funny to read your article. I wish if you could think like a Pakistani, you don’t even get why Pakistan was founded.Recommend

  • Ahsan Raza Khan (ARK)
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:17PM

    George Fulton is leaving Pakistan. This news is not good since George has been living in Pakistan for around a decade. I know him not much, but I used to watch “Kiran aur Gearge” and I found him sincere with Pakistan. He tried to make Pakistan his homeland and assumingly he was succeeded in it.

    But now the Pakistan’s socio-political scenario is compelling him to go. It is my request for George to not to go as there are many people living in Pakistan who share the same feeling as George has.

    Being vocal is something else and being present is the other thing. Both has their own aspects.Recommend

  • Sumyya
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:24PM

    please dont come back and keep the likes of u away from pakistan! IT IS OUR NATION, OUR PRIDE…
    and yes, we WILL fight to the last drop of blood, and not flee like you do. and after all Mister george dont we all know where this destruction is coming form? its only u the “GORAS” who have inflicted these wounds upon us… Recommend

  • AR
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:31PM

    I think George USA is no better country than Pakistan, citizens there are living a fearful life and its all CIA, FBI and all the agencies controlling USA and ensuring the citizens remain in fear all the time. Pakistan is still better much better.Recommend

  • Shahmeen
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:59PM

    How can anyone be embarrassed by the nation they are born in… !! some one above mentioned he was based on this article.. George has the right to come and go and he choose to leave because he could. Do we celebrate the goodness we have?? that pakistan has the highest rate in charity giving ..that a lady, an educationalist from our country was up for a nobel prize.. and so much more..

    I do agree our politicians have made matters worse..but the issues r within us and these r just bad times for us and the rest of the world.. Crime , bad politics, corruption is everywhere…spread from Pak, india, Libya, Mexico etc..

    George I appreciate this article and everyone who gets an opportunity to leave should atleast step out. Those who belong here will be back and those who dont will be happy in their homelands.. Im now in Bahrain and I know i will be back one day and hopefully be a better person…

    A revolution is the order of the day..But only within ourselves first !!Recommend

  • Syed Haaseeb
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Best of luck..Recommend

  • ahmd
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:08PM

    If u were ever so concerned about the state of pakistan or ever believed urself to be a true citizen u would have stayed n faced the situation like any other pakistani who loves his motherland. instead u started mourning and complaining about the worst state of pakistan n fleeing away like a coward…as u so eloquently put it that you r a GORA…ya once a GORA always a GORARecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Looks like your contract with CIA has also expired, or about to be made publicRecommend

  • Amna Fayyaz
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:24PM

    Dear George,

    Somethings are meant to happen in certain situations. I regard your decision. At the same time i would say there is nothing to complain about. Many Muslims ( i am not talking about extremists) have and still continue to suffer the atrocities of Gora’s in Guantanamo and in different prisons. some got murdered abroad and people here even don’t get dead bodies of their beloved ones. Even European and American citizens are suffering from racism, extremism themselves. As far as your concern for christian girl is concerned over here then what about Pastor Terry Jones? I would say things are scarily rotten all over the globe. I also condemn murder of Late Taseer Sahib. No one should take Law in its hands. Some even politicize such events to gain fame. But it is a sad fact our politicians have a history of getting innocent people killed for their political concerns and now people have lost tolerance for such behavior too. May be its like what goes around comes around but mostly it is difficult for people to understand irrational happenings. I pray and hope that peace prevails over unrest.

    Best of LuckRecommend

  • Suleman
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Sad, that you are leaving Pakistan, not because you want to but because you think you have been made to by the circumstances around you. But I hope, that the love you possess for this country shall never end as this is the country which not only embrased you with love and affection but also made you part of the family by giving you a family here. Your son Faiz is a born Pakistani and I hope you shall not finish this bond between Faiz & Pakistan. It is his motherland.

    We all believe that situation in Pakistan will turn one day as it is meant to be. You take care, and enjoy, but dont forget your love, your country (Pakistan) no matter where ever you are…Recommend

  • Hazir
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:36PM

    George, Sorry for your leaving Pakistan. This country has come to live and God Willingly grow under all kinds of bad governance, mismanagment, corrupt and dishonest leaders. Time is not very far when we will rise to become the best developed country of Asia from human resourse management, industial and financial progress, beside, tolerance for all shades and religion in the country. Western countries led by Uncle Sam has made all efforts led by Raymand Davis & Co to spread anachy, bomb blasts, killings like Shahbaz Bhatti and hatred amongst the provinces and groups. We wish you best of luck and pray you come back again once situation in Pakistan is peaceful from your prospectus and lens.Recommend

  • Moise
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Mother-in-law directive is mother-in-law directive.Recommend

  • Bilal Javed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Everyday Pakistan dies a little. Thanks for your efforts George. You will be missed,.Recommend

  • Hazir
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:41PM

    George, Sorry for your leaving Pakistan. This country has come to live and God Willingly grow under all kinds of bad governance, mismanagment, corrupt and dishonest leaders. Time is not very far when we will rise to become the best developed country of Asia from human resourse management, industial and financial progress, beside, tolerance for all shades and religion in the country. Enemies has made all efforts to spread anachy, bomb blasts, killings and hatred amongst the provinces and groups. We shall overcome these . We wish you best of luck and pray you come back again once situation in Pakistan is peaceful from your prospectus and lens.Recommend

  • ihsan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:47PM

    realy a demoralozing gora there….i knew from the first day that any gora can not survive here and it goes true….these hard times are not new in world every nation has gone through and will go through….how selfish love was it george when difficult time comes you leave the love one.???

    as far as arical is concern not any thing new there including you leaving b/c many of us can pridict this long time back….gud luk 4 u…!!!Recommend

  • moon
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Well George … I saw the program “George ka Pakistan” and you definitely come for better future. this is really sad but let me clear you one thing
    Hopeless statement totally hard times come now… you said you leaving
    Pakistan it’s turned to selfishnessRecommend

  • Hina AKhtar
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Dear George

    I appreciate your sentiments about Pakistan and your efforts in projecting Pakistan in a more positive manner through your work – I agree that you are one of the fortunate ones who can leave this troubled country – but that is not necessary the choice given to you rather one you have made yourself. I myself am a non-pakistani citizen on papers but living in Pakistan for more than 13 years now…my heart beats for Pakistan and its people. I have children who have witnessed bomb blasts near their schools and married to a man who has fought the so-called war against terror and lost many friends and colleagues along the way – we do have the chance to leave – but we have chosen to stay – not because we are better or stronger people – but because we feel this country has hope – and the biggest hope of all is the many people I meet every day who continue to strive towards a better life for their loved ones. Pakistan may be in troubled times – but my heart and faith still makes me wake up every morning and go to work because I want to continue to make a difference in any way possible – I wish you Bon Voyage as you were a visitor – and they always leave sooner or later… Recommend

  • muhammad asim
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:17PM

    sorry to hear this George. As you are depressed leaving everything, I also feel sad for losing a great person. Condition of Pakistan today is sad but true and I agree with your thoughts, I promise you that I will try to change this Kiran into Kiran of Light and Hope so that no George leaves his love in future.Recommend

  • dave
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:23PM

    we dnt need lectures from white skinz……..we are well aware of the successful states u whites r trying to bring about in Iraq , Afghansiatan and now Arabs………….Recommend

  • Sajjad Ahmed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:43PM

    We are not destined to be doomed. We are not destined to be controlled by extremists. We will get rid of these self proclaimed leaders of religion, who hardly know anything about the crux and spirit of religion. We will see them off.
    I know, we will learn some day sooner.. and you will return… I know..Recommend

  • Qasim Zaman Khan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 3:58PM

    George, what you have written is a reality but then it is our duty to make things better. It was your duty to make things better than to close your eyes and run away from the country which has given you fame and respect. This is a cowardly act.
    We do not need people like you Mr. George. Let me tell you and inform you about another reality which you have missed out on may be deliberately; Mr. Ramen Davis, your brother who belonged from your society and who came to Pakistan not to make it better but to destabilize it, to bring unrest, to hire the poor and made them into suicide bombers. What are you talking about? Have you ever realized, your government, I mean the British Government was involved in killing thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis and now the Pakistani. The British Government and their allies have destroyed the nations for their own greed.
    It is so easy for you to use us and the Pakistani nation and leave and live happily. But I am sorry to say, we don’t need the ‘Goras’ like you. You ‘Goras’ are full of yourself and you people think that you are perfect.
    George ka Pakistan gave you fame but I have only one question for you and if you have some integrity please answer it…. What have you given to Pakistan? Nothing what so ever. Rather you have taken from us.
    I am happy that people like you who are coward leave our Pakistan and inshAllah one day you will see that this great nation will be better than your coward Brits. Go George before you are thrown out of this country. And never come back. Never show your face.
    And mind you Mr. Pakistan is not a failed state. People like you wants it to be a failed state.
    You user. You Gora…..Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:04PM

    A very sad reflection on the pathetic situation in Pakistan. People of this near “failed state” live in a world of self-denial. No foreign investor is considering Pakistan as a developing country anymore. Soon, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will overtake Pakistan and see the fruits of economic growth being witnessed by India.

    Wishing George all the best in his future endeavours.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Extremely Touching … We hope you’ll come back in Pakistan George …. Yours and mine Pakistan, with new dawn one day, Insha’ Allah.Recommend

  • Karamat Ullah Chaudry
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:11PM

    Sad to read your article but given the depths to which we have sunk, I don’t blame you one bit for taking this unpleasant decision. I wanted so much to meet you and discuss Pakistan and its problems but I guess this meeting will now take place in England. I have met your father at Farooq Hameed’s house in Lahore (I am Farooq’s brother in law) and I salute him for producing a son like you. I am sorry we could not give you a secure home in our country but let me assure you, you gave us a lot of pleasure through your TV programs. Whenever you pray please pray for this nation, it needs prayers more than anything else now.Recommend

  • A well wisher
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:34PM

    In some ways I agree with you, in others I don’t. You are still adorable to us Pakistanis. We wish you best of luck in your future ventures. Though there is one piece of advice, do learn thoroughly about Islam, just accepting it for the sake of material benefits will deprive you of the true blessings it can bestow. Muslims of today unfortunately do not reflect the teachings of Islam, do learn about it from authentic books and reflect upon what rings as true. A parting plea from a well wisher. :)Recommend

  • patriot
    Mar 4, 2011 - 4:35PM

    i agree malik .. he should have left pakistan a long time ago .. but no one is allowed to make comments like George has made on us .. is dat us who are responsible for creating all this mess in our country .. we have already sacrificied our blood to put our house is order ..i guess still it need more sacrifices .. soon or later ..there is a hope .. Pakistan is here to stay …stay as per our culture based on maturity and islamic values with tolerance for all .. Salman Taseer is not a symbol of tolerence or religious liberalism but a immature politician who didnt act maturely when he had authority…. rather he resorted to cheap popularity.. we dont need George to manipulate us ..we need indegenius ppl to guide us us ..make us proud of our culture and groom us .. give us a sense of pride ..purely MADE IN PAKISTAN … .. @Malik: Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 5:49PM

    You can’t despise him for leaving and saying all this. He came by his own choice and left by his own. But we can’t apply same formula on ourselves either. Why? Because we were born HERE.
    I can probably give a hundred more reasons to leave Pakistan.. But i won’t, and i won’t leave my country. Never.
    We (all of us including me) are responsible for whats going on in our country right now. And its WE are the ones who are going to correct it.
    Nobody else.. Just us.Recommend

  • Tahir Anjum
    Mar 4, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Dear George,
    As you would forever retain the happy moments you spent in Pakistan, we too will remember you for the smiles you brought on thousands of people. As you leave

    “I wish for you a life of wealth, health, and happiness;
    a life in which you give to yourself the gift of
    patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge,
    and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream
    about and achieve worthy rewards.”

    We too have suffered but in a different way and all I can say is

    Too bad we cannot have an independence day for the entire world
    A day of freedom from ignorance, war, hunger and mostly hatred
    A day where we can all love each other as human beings regardless
    of color, religion or nationality
    A day where we can toss away the weapons of war and cast away the hatred smoldering in our hearts

    We must mourn for the innocent who have lost their lives
    and pray for their beloved ones in their hour of grief
    We must make this world full of love without hatred and fear
    giving the children of the world the hope
    of a peaceful, loving and beautiful world

    I did not know you but just hope you go in in Peace, my friend
    Lt Col (Retd) Tahir AnjumRecommend

  • Nizar Baloch
    Mar 4, 2011 - 7:13PM

    I agree with George “Pakistan, you are on a precipice. A wafer-thin sliver is all that stands between you and becoming a failed state. A state that was the culmination of a search for a ‘Muslim space’ by the wealthy Muslims of Northern India has ended up, as MJ Akbar recently pointed out, becoming “one of the most violent nations on earth, not because Hindus were killing Muslims but because Muslims were killings Muslims”.

    Pakistan is already a failed state, there is nothing more cam happen after the army raped and killed millions of muslims in Bangladesh and kidnapping, torturing and killing hundreds in Balochistan.Recommend

  • saadi
    Mar 4, 2011 - 7:35PM

    You will be missed :(Recommend

  • sam
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Go george go……………leave u alll traitors…. v dn need u any waysssssss.. on a v sad note u blame our ppl n culture n wat u wil say abt dr afya???? she is also innocent. 80 years of prison ohhhhhhhh Allah,,, u better leave,,, i personaly dn mindRecommend

  • mehwish
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:05PM

    oh dear George tell me,how did you get so deep information about our country, especially the jihadi group in cahoots. I really did’nt knew this. Thank you for leaving Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:07PM

    I can’t blame George for the decision he is taking. The ones to blame are our highly educated professionals who settle down in USA and Europe for ‘their’ futures. This brain drain is causing a great vacuum, which is automatically filled by the so called ‘mullahs’
    Why do these religious fanatics get so much importance? They work in connivance with the politicians and establishment, and this ‘troika’ is the main culprit. For face saving, we keep on blaming ‘Amreeka’ Recommend

  • Naveed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 9:39PM

    It’s very sad that you are leaving. You are leaving because as you said you are privileged to do so.
    It is instinctive for living organisms to find a place safe and secure. It is also instinctive to be emotionally attached to a place where you found happiness and comfort.

    I would leave too if I could, but what about the masses living there. My brothers and sisters. Can we all migrate or escape and take along our culture, heritage and memories.
    You coming here was one in a million thing. You going where your roots are, you are now just an ordinary person who is Going along the flow.

    You going away doesn’t lessen our love for you. Best of luck to you and your family.Recommend

  • Ghetto Soldier
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:05PM

    Dear Mr George Fulton,
    After reading your letter i found your explanation for your leave quite brief & precise to an issues regarding Mr Taseer’s murder, sons & daughters of this nation dies everyday how come your issues were never been in the direction when US drones killing hundreds of innocent civilians mostly women & children, how come you ve never pointed out the legalised terrorism the goes on in the city of Karachi by the political parties who are in the government for last 15/16 years …. No ….. you wont do that cause you live in the same city & you would rather invite their x mayor & other ministers who are involved in murders, extortion, kidnappings, target killings, land grabbings & all sorts of frauds in your daily shows.
    Programms you ve been doing in pakistan you were paid well as per pakistani media standards, you were 1 of the highiest paid presenters on AAJ Tv, can you please state what was your salary with pakistani media & please state the right reasons of your departure ie; your current contract or the offer you have received to join your new Job in UK, Pakistan is in the same state or probably slightly worsend since you arrived here, thing is……… in all these years of jounalism you were here, did you actually raised the right issues taht needs to raised not only in pakistani media but also in International media!!! , did you actually tried to show the general public & International media the right face of terrorism in pakistan !!!!, did you actually raised the issues of drone attacks & the consequences thats left after that….!!!, what have you given Pakistan in return !!!!, guess no 1 has asked you this question yet as you were our Guest, but now that you’ve left & you think you’ve got the front to criticise pakistan & its policies with its people & their rights to protest about the issues they would like their govt to change…. i was left with not much choice but to ask you this question, please take your time “this time”…..
    Hope you ‘ll have a better job and a heavier pay check this time in UK, i would really hope that you should stop criticizing Pakistan its problems & playing the blame game on its poor, innocent & blackmailed citizens.
    Take CareRecommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Dear George
    I in person will miss u. But what kind of true love is this that when the country needs help u leave her to greener pastures. Was this atrue love that u have for this country? Does it change its course regardless? True loves stays- for good or bad, for better or for worse. But u quit.
    We will wait for you. Inshaallah on ur return u will find a better Pakistan
    Allah Hafiz and Allah be with you in good deeds
    am Recommend

  • Fahd Hassan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:19PM

    Dear George,

    Let me tell you this on that serious slight of yours against our armed forces and Pakistan at large. When we sink in floods, get buried under rubble, are attacked from within and from outside our borders, when the government decides to count how many we are in Pakistan and we need to elect free and fair, it is the Pakistan Army that is called into action by the civilian government. It was the Pakistan Army that fought a secret war in Afghanistan against the mighty Soviets when they poised against us and defeated them on plain military terms, a feat your modern tech MI6 and their masters in Langley could only dream about, Pakistan Army achieved it within 14 years after Pakistan was faced with the Soviet threat. Perhaps when you were school going then and wouldn’t have known what fire we went through and still wont.

    You have to understand George, that the concept of Jihad integrates into military strategy and yields fluent battle plans like any other military plan. Unlike the US or Britain that fights for their greed of land and oil, when threatened we fought in the manner commanded by our religion to secure our freedom, and that we did; we broke the mighty USSR into Russia when we had to.

    We are Muslims and in jihad we believe, not in acts of Pakistan Taliban or Alqaeda, both of whom were mentored by the CIA and MI6 to help them into Afghanistan for all the wrong reasons no use discussing here; the plot is so sophisticated, that a man of your intellect wont even touch the dust of it. You wrote about the downfall of Pakistan but did you care composing such master pieces when your country attacked a sovereign Muslim nation killing thousands of men women and children on the basis of pure lies (9/11 and WMDs) or how about writing about Israel’s slaughter of the innocent…I don’t think so George, you will never do that for fear of being called an anti-Semite. After all that’s how freedom of speech goes in your country, doesn’t it.

    We are not US lackey George; we didn’t torch our own transport system (7/7) to make Muslims look bad to perpetuate US 9/11 foot work or as they say ‘keep the water boiling’. In Pakistan that doesn’t happen. But when half the Britain and US are crying it out loud, you wont believe that will you. So then I suggest you better scan your own house for being a ‘failed-state’. I bet all lights on that scanner of yours will light up top red sounding the most horrendous and true ‘Failed State’ warning.

    I understand things are too tough here, too tough for you, but we Pakistanis have been through fire before and have forged through it and by the grace of God, shall pull through it and when we do, what will you do, proudly come back to Pakistan? No George, you must not. For I seriously want you to leave Pakistan and be sure as hell to pack that ‘Failed State’ theory book of yours as you leave and stop making it public when you know so so little.

    I am very sure you enjoyed the traditional Pakistani hospitality.
    So Long,Recommend

  • Masood Ahmed
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:28PM


    “The world suffers a lot.
    Not because of the violence of bad people,
    but because of the silence of good people!”

    This is the problem with Pakistan…. No body is speaking up….I feel ashamed to call myself a Pakistani muslim….Recommend

  • Fahd Hassan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 10:31PM

    Good one @mehwish: Recommend

  • amn
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:00PM

    best of luck in ur life.just like wat u felt, many pakistanis r going through dat in da west.i believe that we should not judge ppl by a certain group of ppl.and we expect that from others too.sorry for wat u faced here in our country.pray for us.God bless u.Recommend

  • Hunniya Waseem
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:14PM

    I am sorry that you are leaving , but I can understand your decision at every level. If something you love threatens to destroy you leaving that place/person is best ! Recommend

  • Omair
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:24PM

    We, love you George, Wish you all the best. Be Happy wherever you go.Recommend

  • Kaleem ullah
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Friends never say good bye!Recommend

  • Farrukh Atique
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Good Bye George, you had an option, many don’t have but still there are many who has this option but they are not using it. Because they think that there is still a ray of hope. it does not concern me that their number is in thousands, what concerns me is that numbers are improving or diminishing. Your divorce do concern me, because many may think now if George can’t do it, we can’t do it, it concerns me because those numbers are decreasing. But i am still hopeful. Take care. I wish you come back sooner or letter in a Better Pakistan. Recommend

  • M-Asad-Khan
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:04AM

    *Hey Gorge don’t leave Pakistan !!
    Pakistan need such support trying to understand the present situation of your country your Pakistan !! *

  • Chaudhry
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:11AM

    you may not be a natural born son of Pakistan but you have more care and passion for Pakistan then Pakistanis……..Take care and wish you best you luck………Pakistan will miss