The country is known globally for all the wrong reasons. From terrorism, religious extremism to political instability, Pakistan has been called the most dangerous country in the world. In this supposedly most dangerous country exist people who have aspirations and hopes that are not that dissimilar to the rest of the world. More importantly most of us do not conflate our identity with being anti-Indian. India is Pakistan’s near abroad and the home of Bollywood which most Pakistanis are hooked on to.
The author of this book is a Pakistani born during the Zia's years and came of age in the dysfunctional democracy in the 1990s. Having gone to college in the US, Yasser returned to Pakistan in 2002 to find a country ruled by the military and in the crossfire of the deadly war on terror. The articles in this book were written in an attempt to make sense of the identity quagmire that Pakistan is, as a nation and as a people.