HONY in Pakistan: He came, he saw, he left

Published: July 30, 2015
A source has revealed Brandon Stanton has already left Pakistan after visiting Hunza and major cities. PHOTO: HONY

A source has revealed Brandon Stanton has already left Pakistan after visiting Hunza and major cities. PHOTO: HONY

While eager fans were anticipating the creator of Humans of New York (HONY) — Brandon Stanton — to visit Pakistan, news has it that he may already have left the country after visiting Hunza and the major cities — Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. 

Although Brandon’s tweet and Facebook post in the early hours of July 30 claimed that  he would be travelling in August and his first stop would be Pakistan, hours later a share on the Humans of New York Facebook page showed a boy from Hunza valley Pakistan, confirming that either he was already in Pakistan or had left.


A source, who spoke to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, said that Brandon met several people during his visit and has in fact already left the country. The news remains unconfirmed by the official website or Brandon Stanton himself.

Brandon had earlier revealed on Facebook that Pakistan would be one of the two countries he would be visiting this summer:

“Continuing in the tradition of last summer, I’m going to be travelling during the month of August and posting stories from overseas. Only this time I’ll be visiting two countries instead of trying to span the world, because that was exhausting, and it also caused my poor senile dog to forget my existence. The first stop is Pakistan. Hope you enjoy,” he said.

So much for your dream of being featured on HONY. Or are you one of those lucky people who did get to meet him? Let us know!

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Fatima Athar
    Jul 30, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Brandon Stanton has surely left ! I was interviewed by him last week.Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Jul 30, 2015 - 9:00PM

    That’s rather a smart move on his part, because no matter what and no matter how much we love our country there still remains a relatuvely higher risk for foreigners especially those who are trying to project good image of Pakistan.

    If this news is true, I hope he had a good time and he would soon post about his experience Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Jul 30, 2015 - 10:10PM

    It is alright then. We have many enemies who could go to any length to defame our country. He could be a soft target for foreign intel agencies like RAW and Afghan Intel. If he had done that as a Security move then it is a good decision and we must respect it. Recommend

  • Ahmad Iftikhar
    Jul 30, 2015 - 10:22PM

    We should thank him for visiting Pakistan. It may prove a steping stone towards reviving foreign tourism in Pakistan which will open a lot of opportunities for the locals who have tourism as a sole source of earning. Recommend

  • just_someone
    Jul 31, 2015 - 12:16AM

    He obviously left, he probably had security concerns.
    In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if the Pak Embassy asked him not to publicize the visit until he had left.
    The Pak embassy is very careful about giving visas to Americans because they might be made into targets…Recommend

  • Anurag
    Jul 31, 2015 - 10:54AM

    @Chachoo If only you could add CIA and Israeli Intel into your comment it would be a perfect conspiracy theory…please update ThanksRecommend

  • Ansari
    Jul 31, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Who is he anyways?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 31, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Random Scamcon ????Recommend

  • Shehryar
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:03PM

    @Anurag: And why should he Anurag?Recommend

  • Shehryar
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:08PM

    This is for Anurag from a lay reader: why should the author add those two additional names. It seems the conspiracy theorist is you yourself. In case you are wondering this comes from an annoyed reader.Recommend

  • Anurag
    Aug 6, 2015 - 7:15PM

    @Shehryar Have you read his comment ? I am a rationalist and do not see Pakistan as eternal archenemy.It is natural to have a different point of view on other side of the divide but I do get irritated when educated people make outlandish claims about racial superiority or float baseless conspiracy theories at the expense of my country. My comment was not directed at you but I would gladly apologize if it has caused you trouble.Recommend

    Aug 18, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Please people if you don’t know anything about Brandon do not say anything at all. He came he saw he conquered. He did Maureen few days then you Pakistanis good in years so please don’t say anything to him. He’s my hero.Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2015 - 11:15PM

    @Fatima Athar:
    Wow you are sol lucky Fatima.Recommend

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