‘Pakistanis happier, hospitable and social’

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ISLAMABAD: In Pakistan the special persons get special care as compared to the other developed countries of the world. The cause of special treatment or happiness is closely linked to the religious and cultural values.This was stated by the Saitama University Professor Katsuhide Kawamoto during his visit to Paper Miracles along with a group of students who are aspiring to be teachers for primary schools and special education for the disabled.He said that the main objective of the visit was to learn about the true image of Pakistan. During an interaction session, he said that the typical image of Pakistan portrayed at the international level is of a religious extremist country, a perception shared by many of his students as well. But after visiting Pakistan, they found that Pakistanis are very hospitable, social and are considerably happier as compared to people of other developing countries.He also shared that as a test case, they conducted a research on a religious organisation which was negatively portrayed at the international level. However, after research they came to know that the organisation’s social services are matchless and making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable. Kawamoto said that the social services being rendered in the developed countries are often done for personal gain or interest, while in Pakistan, many social services are rendered without any interest.He was of the view that many people in the developed countries have lost their value due to their desire for materialistic gain. He added that Japan, though categorised as a developed country, faces many challenges and cited an example of unprecedented increase in suicide cases in the recent years due to societal pressures. The students while sharing their views said  that the economic development alone does not symbolise ‘real’ development and emphasised the importance of values and true happiness that they witnessed during their stay in Pakistan.

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