Pakistan’s media houses have plenty of problems. The government is planning new laws that will restrict reporting of terror attacks and limit criticism of government. Reporters face risks every day as they go about their work. So far, six have been killed this year making the country the third most dangerous in the world for journalists. But you’d never know about those problems from reading the papers. Boisterous, bubbly and bursting with criticism of the government, their vast circulations would be the envy of Western papers. And they are not the sort of publications you’d expect in a failed state.
Postcards from Hell is my little list of things that are cool about Pakistan, my new home, and which contradict the notion that the country is some sort of failed state