Kate, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Northern Pakistan | Photo: @KensingtonRoyal | Twitter
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Northern Pakistan | Photo: @KensingtonRoyal | Twitter
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a five-day visit to Pakistan. Kate and William are spreading some royal love here. In the words of British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew, “the couple would like to see the breadth and depth of the country”.

This is the first royal visit to Pakistan in 13 years after Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, toured the state in 2006. The most memorable visits have been late Princess Diana’s in 1991, 1996 and 1997. Queen Elizabeth II had visited twice in 1961 and 1997 during the golden jubilee independence day celebrations.

We have been told by the government that the royal visit is a good omen, it shows there is no global isolation, it will help Pakistan project itself as a soft power. The last time we were told all this was when Naya Pakistan was being installed. So, please don’t mind if we look rather unmoved by such declarations.

No one really has a problem with Kate and William’s visit, they are more than welcome to tour Pakistan every year. The real problem is the government’s mismanagement. Tuesday, for instance, traffic in Islamabad was stuck for hours. Thanks to such ‘meticulous’ planning by the authorities, the royal visit turned into a royal siyappa for the common man. 


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Rickshaw rides to mosquitoes

The purpose of royal visits is more or less the same in every country. Spreading love. So, if you are expecting the royal couple to speak up for the blasphemy victimsenforced disappearances or human rights abuse, then your expectations are clearly misplaced. On the issue of colonial past, yeah, scratch that too.

The royal couple has been spotted doing some fun stuff, like riding a fancy auto-rickshaw in Islamabad, where rickshaws are actually banned. Being the generous hosts, we didn’t register any challans for the royal guests. After Brexit, these rickshaw rides might become a reality for the British royals.

Some even made jokes about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan driving the couple in the rickshaw – he is known to be an uber-cool driver to his royal guests from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The security situation for the royals might be up-to-the-mark but the dengue situation in Pakistan has got people worried about the couple’s health. Malka-e-Bartania, for instance, has instructed Prince William to apply anti-mosquito repellent even on his head before sleeping.

The burden of expectations

As usual, many in Pakistan have pinned extraordinary hopes on the royal couple. There are those who think this is a slap on the face of everyone, everywhere. Yes, it doesn’t matter who you are or if you’re even bothered about William and Kate, but you are getting slapped nevertheless.

Then, there are those who think this visit will help Pakistan tide over its woes at the ongoing session of the international terror financing watchdog FATF. They say, it is a “Bad day Modi and Ajit Doval Good Day Pakistan”. Although Pakistan’s grey-listing last year was proposed by the United States, backed by France, Britain and Germany, Pakistanis hoping that William and Kate can bail us out is just endearing.

And, there are those men and women who are orgasming over Kate Middleton’s desi avatar. Wonder if they expect her to make perfect gol rotis next. In her dupatta, her kameez and trouser, they’ve found a reason to call out the “desi liberals” and “feminists”. She respects our culture, they say, and it’s a “big slap” on the face of Pakistani women who don’t wear a dupatta or dress up in western attire.

For these self-appointed moral custodians, Kate or Diana wearing salwar kameez in Pakistan shows they respect ‘our culture’, but actor Mahira Khan wearing a short white dress in New York is tantamount to disrespecting one’s culture. Hypocrisy much?

Since everything is about women’s clothes and earrings, dare we ask if the first lady of Pakistan were to visit Britain tomorrow, would she respect western culture and wear what Kate does?

The handsome PM

While Kate has definitely won herself many admirers in Pakistan, followers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf think the Duchess of Cambridge is crushing on Imran Khan. Just a few months ago, they thought Melania Trump was going weak at the knees.

For a party whose leader wants to transform Pakistan into a Medina-like welfare state, celebrating its PM’s playboy past is a bit contradictory, me thinks.


Also read: William-Kate’s Pakistan visit hardly matters to Modi but India will follow it closely


The author is a freelance journalist from Pakistan. Her Twitter handle is @nailainayat. Views are personal.

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  1. Kate and William are just show-pieces, nothing that they do actually matters.
    Pakistan must have begged very hard to send these two on this superficial tour.
    All the best to Pakistanis on their Azadi march to Islamabad, and get freedom from military rule and its stooge the drug-addict Imran.
    No country has tainted the reputation of Islam as napak Pakistan.

  2. A witty ditty. But in India we are not allowed to make fun of our leaders; else we will be labelled anti-national, ironically Pakistani and booked for sedition.

  3. Naila must be really, really liberal for boldly using the word “orgasming” . Wonder if Shekar Gupta saw that and let it go or the story by-passed him.

    • I had caught my husband ‘admiring’ male genitalia through his impressive DVD collection several times. It was embarrassing to walk into the bedroom of a husband who was pleasuring himself to images of male bodies while his wife was busy cooking in the kitchen. Initially, he would cover it very well by saying that he was seriously thinking of having surgical enhancement as he felt he could do with another two inches. This was a recurring conversation. Apparently, he had also done some research on it. I didn’t quite know how to respond to such a delicate matter in diplomatic fashion. I was genuinely shocked at his obsession, particularly at his age, and dismissed it as silly nonsense. But his insecurities lay deep. I found it sad and depressing. Reham Khan in her book REHAM KHAN

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