Moin Khan: Building a positive image of Pakistan on wheels

Khan decided to travel from San Francisco to Lahore on his motorcycle to send a positive message.


Web Desk August 08, 2013
Moin Khan sees a warm welcome when he arrives in Lahore on December 31, 2011. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

This short documentary takes us on the journey of a young Pakistani motorcyclist, Moin Khan, who has combined his passion for motorcycling with the love for his country.

Khan decided to travel from San Francisco to Lahore on nothing but  his motorcycle. After graduating from university, he worked two to three jobs per day for two years to gather money for this venture. He met many people on his way to Pakistan, mostly to ask for directions, as he had decided not to carry any electronic device to get directions.

This turned out to be a great idea; he made many memorable and beautiful experiences not only for himself, but also for the people of many different countries, cultures and regions that he interacted with.

His journey, however, was not easy and Khan had to face many difficulties and hardships. He had a lot of accidents, some nearly fatal. The first accident took place near Munich, Germany, while a second took place in Romania. He broke several bones in the second accident. However, what was much more devastating for him was that his motorcycle was destroyed.

His experience with the people he had earlier met on his journey, and how much people loved and believed in his purpose was unbelievable. Khan not only received well wishes from all over the world, but also received care and love from the people he was meeting for the first time.

People from all over the world would send him motorcycle parts so that he could continue his journey. A mechanic in Romania got to know of Moin's story, found him and then repaired his motorcycle. With a more carefully planned journey and love and support from the people, Moin was able to reach Lahore on December 31, 2011.

He was welcomed like a hero because of his extraordinary endeavor. Moin then planned to go on a journey to the north of Pakistan on a very old, 1962, yellow scooter.

He met a lot of people on this journey and set a record for taking such an old bike to the heights of the Pak-China bordar.

Moin wants to work for the freedom of expression for women in the future, and plans to do this by teaching them how to ride motorbikes. He has started a motorbike driving institution for women, where he provides all the bikes and equipment for riding.

Since a woman riding a motorbike is not considered to be decent in Pakistani culture, Moin wants to change this sort of thinking by his actions and give women their deserved freedom.

During his journey of nearly 40,000 kilometers, there wasn't even a single incident which he would say was unhappy or negative, he claims with pride.

Khan hopes he helped build a positive image of Pakistan in the hearts of the people he met.

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This film is part of Black Box Sounds production, an initiative specializing in production aimed at social and development issues, behavior change communication and mass awareness since 2006. For further information, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

 

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COMMENTS (11)

Muhammad Omer | 7 years ago | Reply

Moin, Keep it up boy.. I also this know Moin at the time when we used to study together in the same college, he being my junior. He was always up for somethng new and unique and somthng that would surprise us all..and he did it ! U made us proud!

and For all the rest excluding the very first comment, For Heaven sakes, STOP criticising. This nation know nothing besides pointing fingers, backbiting and criticising. Stop being decisive on the six words that the poor wrtoe! Grow up guys! try to appreciate, wont hurt you much !!!!

Umar Shuja | 7 years ago | Reply

This guy deserves a lot of respect, coverage and appriciation too!

Hats off! Long live Pakistan and Mion Khan..!

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