What Do I See When I Look At Pakistan?

What Do I See When I Look At Pakistan?
We all find it interesting to know what outsiders think of us. Sometimes we are delighted with their opinions, other times we loath the person for how they feel about us. Find out what I think below!

What do I see when I look at Pakistan?

First let’s answer, who am I and why does it matter what I see?

Well, first of all, I have directly represented Pakistanis to Americans for over ten years. It’s no secret that I started an offshore company with Pakistani software developers and teams ten years ago, and as such, I have had to defend hiring Pakistani software developers to American prospects at least a thousand times. Why do I continue to make counter-points to Americans that are uneducated on the subject of Pakistan? It’s because I believe in Pakistan, and the reason I believe is because I’ve rarely been let down by Pakistanis.

I have directly been representing Pakistan to Americans for over ten years.

I see a nation of highly energetic and highly passionate people. Passionate is an understatement. Whether it’s cricket fever, politics, love of country or unfortunately despise of a particular neighbor (name not mentioned), Pakistanis go all in with their feelings and emotions, and it’s unmatched from my experiences.


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I also see a nation on the rise. I have had many opportunities to speak to the young, budding entrepreneurs of Pakistan and their desire to learn and advance their careers is quite impressive. The questions they ask me are advanced, they are well thought out and they are forward thinking. So I feel Pakistan’s future is bright if we continue to educate the youth on professionalism.

With all this hope and promise, we need Pakistan’s business leaders focusing on how to keep their organizations operating professionally and producing high-quality outputs. Nothing hurts the reputation of a region or country faster than the perception of its population being uneducated about these vital details.

Here in the U.S.A., it’s commonplace to say that most of the toys and gadgets we buy for our children are not well-built and are low-cost pieces of shit from China. The perception here is that if it is made in China, then it is of low quality and less desirable. However, most of everything I see around me says, “Made In China.” The difference between Pakistan and China, in this case, is that China has dominated the manufacturing industry so much over the decades, that it is nearly impossible to have other choices. So American’s are forced to accept the lower quality. Pakistan doesn’t have this market dominance so it is easy for international markets to make different choices if Pakistani quality or professionalism is weak.

How does Pakistan make a name for itself going forward?

Pakistanis have to try extra hard to gain market share in the goods and services industries. Pakistan is competing with China on manufacturing and competing with India in the services sectors. Pakistanis need to highly concern themselves with professionalism in everything they do. When people scroll through websites like Upwork, Fiverr, or Alibaba, they see company profiles from all over Asia that have broken English, terrible images, and poorly thought out content. What if every single Pakistani company profile on these websites looked as if an Oxford English grammar professor wrote them herself? Don’t you think Pakistan would stand out from the rest? Don’t you also think people would start to take notice of Pakistan as being a place where professionals live, and therefore the quality must be high? Absolutely they would. This is just one small example of how it can be done.

However, not just slick marketing material will do the trick. The work or product still has to be produced. Pakistanis have to take professionalism and attention to detail to a whole new level. The service or product has to match the perfect marketing material that lured the customer to you in the first place. The responsibility falls on the leadership of Pakistan’s companies to have corporate cultures that are conducive to providing high quality. These leaders must align the middle managers with their company vision, mission and standards, so everyone in the company is living up to expectations.

I do hear about companies that allow “leg-pulling” or “politics” to occur inside their walls. If this is present, then these companies have poor leadership. Poor leadership hurts not just the company, but it hurts Pakistan’s image to the world. If you find yourself in such a company, you need to leave and join one where these things don’t happen and let’s all hope those companies fade away, so they don’t cause harm to Pakistan’s image.

Here’s the bottom line, Pakistan.

I see great potential in Pakistan. Pakistan has the talent, it has the dedicated people that want to succeed, but there needs to be a higher focus on better leadership at all levels of business and government. I won’t get too far into politics or governmental issues within Pakistan because the U.S.A. has our fair share of issues these days, but it does start at the top. Everything trickles down from the top, and a vast majority of people live their lives according to how strong or weak the top leadership is. So if people view their country’s leadership as corrupt, inept and unhelpful, then the people will feel hopeless and not try as hard to lift themselves into better living situations. When people don’t try, then the country remains in a state of despair.

I want the best for Pakistan, I have thousands of awesome friends that live there, and I want their lives and other’s lives to be hopeful and fruitful. Keep following GoPakistan.com as I try my best to help shape the future leaders of Pakistan. Leaders that will run their organizations in a professional and high-quality way so that we can continue the progression forward for Pakistan. Thank you!

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About me

authorGoPakistan is the brainchild of American Randall Agee. Randall Agee has worked side by side with Pakistanis for ten years and has had many successful experiences. His goal is to share those experiences with other Pakistanis so we can build a strong Pakistan.

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11 Comments
    • Tehseen
    • On: May 1, 2018

    Mr. Randall,
    Thanks for writing such an amazing artical and making us Pakistanis feel proud.
    So good to see where most of The Pakistanis prefer to move abroad for better opportunities, there’s an Amerian settled in Pakistan since l9ng and working in shaping it’s future. Hats off to you!
    Since you belong to software industry, I would like to suggest that there should an online portal or social media app for Pakistanis professionals to connect and discuss and share opportunities and challenges in Pakistan.

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      • Randall Agee
      • On: May 1, 2018

      Hi Tehseen! Thank you for your comment and it’s an honor to tell the world what I see when I work with Pakistani’s. I actually live in the USA and have all my life.

      As far as your idea goes I think it’s a great idea and maybe GoPakistan can eventually turn into that. I look forward to your future comments and questions! Thank you again!

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    • Sajid Ali
    • On: May 2, 2018

    It’s a great article and thanks for writing an amazing article and make us to feel proud.

    Yes, Pakistan have great talent. The young generation have the ability and potential to get revelation. Major problem is poor leadership, so that’s why we couldn’t have international recognition. But peoples like you can help us for achieving the goal of international recognition.

    Thank you so much and keep supporting us.

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      • Randall Agee
      • On: May 2, 2018

      You are very welcome Sajid and thank you for your kind words! I really appreciate your valuable encouragement and please come back often!

      Reply
    • Muhammad Afzal
    • On: May 3, 2018

    Hi Randall,

    That’s amazing to see someone trying to help us highlight good things in Pakistan and Thanks for backing us Pakistanis and making us feel proud.

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      • Randall Agee
      • On: May 3, 2018

      You are very welcome! Pakistanis have my heart, I have met so many great people! This is the least I can do!

      Reply
  1. This article is well-written. – such an amazing read! Thanks for highlighting the key things; I agree that we have a lot of (raw) talent here, and with the touch of professionalism we can capture majority of the services market.

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      • Randall Agee
      • On: May 5, 2018

      Thank you for your compliment brother! We can polish up the raw talent, it will take time and it will take everyone being interested and sharing GoPakistan articles to get the word out! Thanks again sir!

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      • You are very welcome sir. Thanks to you for spreading positive vibes. I will definitely share the article within my circle.

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    • Nadeem Zuberi
    • On: May 5, 2018

    Thank you so much for writing such a great article. You actually touch our (Pakistanis) heart. We have lot of talents – just need support and recognition from people like you.
    We really want a true leader who can show our real image to world.

    Please let me know how I can support you in your goal. You are source of inspiration for us.

    Thanks again

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      • Randall Agee
      • On: May 5, 2018

      Encourage more and more Pakistanis to share GoPakistan’s articles. We need to touch as many lives as we can and get them to realize the importance of education.

      Reply
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