'Welcome to Pakistan': Local biker takes tourists on a ride

Published: August 20, 2013
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File photo of a motorcycle wheel. PHOTO: FILE

File photo of a motorcycle wheel. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: Forty two-year old Mohammad Iqbal believes that foreigners should get a chance to explore what Pakistan is all about – on a motorcycle.

Currently on a tour of Multan with a tourist, Ben, the Pakistani motorcyclist uses the internet to connect with foreigners and invite them to his home.

A motorcyclist himself, Iqbal bears the expenses as the foreign guests stay at his house. After sampling some genuine Pakistani hospitality, he then takes his guests on a tour of various cities in Pakistan.

Iqbal claims he has so far travelled 82,000 kilomteres in Pakistan himself.

“I have been doing this for the past 20 years,” he says. “I want foreigners to come and explore Pakistan.”

Ben who is currently on a tour to explore Multan with Iqbal, feels that he is all set to go to other cities as well – something he calls the “Welcome to Pakistan” tour.

“It’s safe, it’s safe,” assures Ben about travelling in Pakistan. “Initially, I had obvious apprehensions but since being here over a week now I have had no problems.”

“I believe it’s safe place to visit and travel,” he says with finality.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Aug 20, 2013 - 11:13PM

    Good work ET. Please make more detailed videos, in english on how safe Pakistan is. And what foreigners have to say about it. I repeat in English, so the target audience, the foreigners easily understand and get convinced for a visit.

    Nice work again! Its rare that I end up praising ET. Keep going!

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  • NNC
    Aug 21, 2013 - 12:14AM

    poor ben and iqbal might get in trouble after their story and names are in the news.Recommend

  • noel bowerman
    Aug 21, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Fear of the unknown is the main cause of people choosing to travel to other destinations , foreigners are all to familiar about the troubles in Pakistan .What Pakistan tourism needs to do is spell out the dangers ,the areas of concern so that travelers are well informed ,and make educated judgement’s,On which places to visit and sites to see.I’am pleased that Muhammad Iqbal Gangla is one of my facebook friends ,his generosity no bounds ,he has welcomed so many tourists over the years to his home ,i wish tourism Pakistan would get behind him ,they could gain much.Yours Noel Bowerman.

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