This is the side of Pakistan that you don’t see on ‘Homeland’

According to the writers on “Homeland,” Pakistan is a country full of terrorists with wild beards, invisible women cloaked in burqas, urban squalor, and people who speak Urdu in a near unrecognizable accent. From the Pakistani perspective, it would be funny if it weren’t perpetuating the same old stereotypes.

I’m a British Pakistani journalist. I have being traveling to my motherland since I was a child. Over the past two years, I’ve mostly been living and working in Pakistan, reporting all over the country. While I write often about issues related to terrorism, violence and displacement, in the last few months I’ve been turning my attention to the other Pakistan, the one that’s rarely shown in Western media.

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“It was handled really beautifully, really intelligently,” she said. “It was always fun; that dynamic is always fun, because he’s so similar to her, and she’s so rarely challenged by another outlier. I thought it was very amusing how affronted she was by that, and threatened by that, and it exposed a vulnerability we don’t normally see in her. And because they’re so similar, they repel one another and attract one another, so that’s always fun to play with.“ - Claire Danes on Carrie & Quinn.


This day in Homeland - April 30, 2014
“Both prone to rash decisions made with unshakable fervor, these two characters get each other in a way perhaps only dysfunctional twin siblings might. It’s how Carrie knew Quinn wouldn’t hurt her if she stepped into his eventual blast zone. For all Saul and Lockhart’s talk this season of how individual CIA lives are expendable when weighed against the greater good, that’s now how Quinn operates, and Carrie knows it.” –Price Peterson

What Is Homeland?

“The map is not the answer . And the birth certificate is no longer the same. No one has had to face this question as you have, from this moment till you die or repent, or become a traitor. To be content is not enough because contentment does not bring or change or blow anything up, and the waste land is immense. The desert is not always bigger than a prison cell. So what is a home land? It is not a question you can answer and then go on your way. Your cause and your life are one and before all this- and beyond it – it is your identity. It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I was born. But when you returned, you found nothing. What does that mean? It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I will die. But you can die anywhere, or on the border between two places. What does that mean? After a while the question will become harder…”

Journal of an Ordinary Grief

I have never seen a better intelligence officer. Killing Brody would kill her. So the only reason to kill Brody now is for you. To cover your ass. And the collateral damage would be to wreck a woman you’ve already wrecked once before. And I ain’t doing that.
                                                        “Anything for you, Carrie.”