9 kinds of Pakistanis we come across everyday

Published: October 12, 2015
We are undoubtedly one of the most diverse and entertaining populations in the world, aren't we?

We are undoubtedly one of the most diverse and entertaining populations in the world, aren't we?

KARACHI: What makes Pakistan special? We have beautiful beaches and spectacular mountains; we have fruit orchards and mineral reserves; but what makes Pakistan stand out is not all that, it’s the people. Pakistanis are undoubtedly one of the most diverse and entertaining populations in the world.


From villagers to modern burger” elites, from patriotic cricket-lovers to confused desis, from veteran war heroes to “Pindi boys”, we have them all and we love them all. Here are 9 kinds of Pakistanis we come across every day:

1. Rishta aunties


It seems like rishta aunties run the society in Pakistan. No matter where you go, they are bound to be lurking around ‘hunting’ for potential rishtas. They have no interest in anything but matchmaking — of their children, grandchildren, or any unmarried person they see.

They can often be heard saying, “Oh your daughter graduated, but isn’t married yet? I’ll find a good guy for her!”


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2. Perpetual complainers

“Why is the weather here so bad all the time?”, “Uff, so much traffic. When will this road get fixed?”, “Look at the kachra on the road. Eww!” are some of the small rants you will hear from such people. They complain about literally everything – one year abroad and think they are officially goras forced to live here.


Their patriotism can only be seen when Pakistan is playing a cricket match against India.


3. Vehshi Boyz

They are not just restricted to Pindi, you will find these boys in every city in Pakistan. They take everything to the next level – be it spiky hair or ripped jeans.


Famous for riding their bikes like they are in a remake of Dhoom, these guys are more filmy than Indian heroes and strive to get their heroines.


4. The burgers


Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Charles and Keith – they have every brand in their wardrobes, but you’ll still find them bargaining at Zainab market since Sunday bazaar is no more.


Fully dressed with matching accessories even for 8 am classes at university, they always own the latest in fashion, cars and gadgets. Their ‘parties’ mimic nightclubs in foreign countries since the poor souls don’t have any clubs here and have to recreate the experience on their own.


5. Pakistan ki jaans 

Pakistan ki shaan, Pakistan ki jaan – those who are making the country proud every day. This includes famous celebrities, the cricket team, the soldiers, the laureates, the mazdoors – all those people who genuinely care for the country.



Thank you for your services, we love you.


6. Waderay ka beta

Photo: Screengrab from Ali Gul Pir’s video

Big cars, bigger cars following, a couple of police mobiles and guards – these are the flashy people of Pakistan whose parents are influential government officers. The laws don’t apply to them and they consider themselves to be above everyone else.


7. Drama queens


Taking selfies every other minute and throwing tantrums over the tiniest of things, the drama queens take everything too seriously.


They will try everything just to fit in with their friends – from beauty products to ensembles. They love dancing, especially at mehndi functions, and provide entertainment to everyone watching.


8. Grandparents


The dada/dadis and nana/nanis are the cutest. They make sure never to let you go hungry or broke. For every daawat, they have interesting stories from the times when they were young and they never get tired of telling them. Some pamper their grandchildren more than parents, and some are stricter than parents, but are equally cherished by all.


9. Mummy-daddy kids

A big chunk of our generation consists of mummy-daddy kids, a typical Pakistani term for innocent kids who take their parents’ permission for everything they do.


One missed call from their mother sends shivers down their spine, no matter how old they are. Late-night hang outs and sleepovers are strictly forbidden and any disobedience leads to them being deprived of even the little privileges they were allowed before, along with chittars of course.


Read: What would these Pakistani stars be doing if they weren’t famous?

Well, the best thing about Pakistanis is that they can have a good time no matter what the circumstances are.


We are the most loving, caring, and welcoming people (good-looking and talented too) and despite these over-arching categories, each one of us is unique.


I’m proud to be a Pakistani, are you?


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Reader Comments (9)

  • Tribune
    Oct 12, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Well.. Pakistan is diverse.. True…

    But how can u prove that using Indian / other foreign images. Reader can hardly get what u r trying to convey..Recommend

  • Vinod chauhan
    Oct 12, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Very modest as well.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Oct 12, 2015 - 4:39PM

    We used to be good looking.

    But I am concerned the generations of inbreeding / cousin marriages are making us look freaky :)Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 12, 2015 - 9:11PM

    These are all sort of positiv-ish, these people are usually nice to talk with, quite pleasant, and although they may have some issues or personality disorders, they are generally very friendly and want to talk with you. But their are also very negative characters in our society, unfortunately, and there are actually a lot of them, and you notice them everywhere, they aren’t funny, they are just sad, bitter people who have nothing better in life than just ruin someone else’s life, this includes, but not limited to: fundamentalists, extreme nationalists, uneducated people overly opinionated people, those that will mentally harm you, and those that will physically harm you. Stay away from these people, or if you know or live with someone like this there is not much you can do, just try to live with it and don’t question their assumed authority, you’ll be better suited at the end of it, just try to make the world a better place and NEVER stoop to their level.

    Very nice write-up, just thought I’d pitch in with my 2 rupees.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Oct 12, 2015 - 9:11PM

    The bespectacled woman with a teeka looks like an indianRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 13, 2015 - 12:53AM

    The Mummy-Daddy definition isn’t correct. Mummy-Daddy are Burger bachas. They are the same. That is what I knowRecommend

  • Yasir
    Oct 13, 2015 - 10:26AM

    Mummy daddy do not belong to any class.
    By the way, Labor class endorsement and contibution to society is the best thing about this article. You should have also consider, hardworking, office going middle class. Recommend

  • QamarW
    Nov 3, 2015 - 10:47PM

    “From villagers to modern “burger“ elites, from patriotic cricket-lovers to confused desis, from veteran war heroes to “Pindi boys”, we have them all and we love them all.”

    Correction: We DON’T love the “Waderay ka beta” types. Forgot Shahrukh Jatoi, Mustafa Kanju ….???Recommend

  • Menon
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:04PM

    These are true of all large cities in South Asia.Recommend

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