There is a huge gap between the Pakistan of the 24-hour bad news cycle and the real Pakistan, founded on Islamic values of charity, hospitality and mutual support, writes Julian Saunders.
I arrive in Karachi during Pakistan's 70th Anniversary celebrations and head down to the offices of Dawn Media Group, founded by Mohammad Ali Jinnah (the first leader of Pakistan) in 1947. My car is first checked underneath for bombs and then I go through two phases of airport-style scanning before I get to the entrance. This security is typical of all the big hotels, and is unchanged since my first visit eight years ago. I no longer notice it.
Dawn is producing a series of supplements about the history of Pakistan. On the cover, Jinnah looks every inch the sophisticated London-trained lawyer. A feature on the founding fathers starts with a quote from Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..."