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bentonbabee
2/18/2012 12:18 EST

i am going to be moving to pakistan soon,real soon.and i will be marrying a pakistani man.i have a young daughter who is only 6.i was wondering how safe it was to take her with me,also if she would be ok with the culture change.any other advice you can share with me would be greatky appreciated.thanks so much.

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JerryinBA
2/20/2012 09:03 EST

I'm wondering what your plan would be if you were told that that your daughter would not enjoy living in Pakistan? Would you tell her that she would have to live with her grandparents and that you'd see annually? You had better think about you daughter, before you go out to buy a wedding gown !! Pakistan? Are you serious? Are you muslim?

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adamg
2/28/2012 06:50 EST

Hi This is a difficult one to answer .Basically if u are use to living in the west then if you move here then you need to move to one of the big cities like Lahore,Islamabad or Karachi.You will have to live in the best areas like DHA,Model Town ,Gulberg in Lahore.Your daughter will be fine if she goes to the best schools like lahore grammer school,Learning alliance.Only shop at the best stores like metro,al fatah and hyperstar in Lahore.Get A jumbo water filter fitted for your home have it changed every month,make sure you have a generator,you will need it for your daugher so that you can run at least one AC when the power is off.Good doctors are available but only go on recommendations from friends.What else can I say try to move in sept so u can give your daughter time to climatise in the cooler months.Make sure she has all the innoculations before traveling. Basically , you need to live like the very rich in Pakistan to be able to live the same lifestyle as u are used to in the west. I moved here from the UK nearly 18 months ago with my 3 kids age 6,8 and 12 and they are coping ok but do miss the Uk..I hope this helps. and good luck

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Feroza
11/28/2012 03:12 EST

Adamg

I wonder if you would be so kind as to advise me on the following. Im South African by birth, female, muslim but am not very religious. I have been brought up in SA, and live a very western life.
Whilst many think South Africa is not safe, those who live here will tell you differently, like in every country you have to be careful.
My primary concern is safety, lifestyle, and dress code.
Would i have to change my dress code to confrom to there's? What is the standard of living in Lahore, which is where i will be based?
I personally do not want to sacrifice my personal choices; whilst i also respect their values and believes.
If anyone can assist me or give me information i would be most grateful

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adamg
11/28/2012 08:21 EST

Hi,I would say dress code for women can be casual jeans and t shirts fine but short skirts would be out.not that u cant were them but u may feel a little uncomfortable.People tend to stare and it can be quite scary if u are not used to it. There are some very nice areas to live.I would say the lahore cantt and DHA are the best areas which are kept very clean.Going out walking alone is a bit of a no no ,for safety reasons.Security is an issue here and u do have to be carefull where u go and when but hey in south africa I guess it would be similar. Need any other advice just let me know and I will try and help.

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Thegypsy1
11/29/2012 13:55 EST

I have lived there but answering your ? requires more info from u. What takes u to Pak? If it is a man, have u been w/him in your own country? As for a 6yo, your future companion, friend/husband should have provided u w/enuf comfort on this issue. B direct w/me & I will gladly provide more direction 4 u.

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Feroza
11/29/2012 14:43 EST

Am definitely not coming to Pakistan for a man, purely work, have no interest in marrying anyone there, am happily married to a South African.
As stated before my concern is,
Way of life, culture and safety.
As a SA our dress code is very westernized as I'm sure u know, and gender balance is not something we think about as its part of our diversity.
Thanks for your response

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mohsinmaqsood
7/16/2014 06:48 EST

when u r coming here in Pakistan?i want to meet you

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leoleo
11/18/2014 08:56 EST

"DHA,Model Town ,Gulberg in Lahore"

these are pretty old localities. Try Bahria town its much better and much secure gated community specially if you could get into safari villas....:)

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leoleo
11/18/2014 08:58 EST

"I personally do not want to sacrifice my personal choices; whilst i also respect their values and believes."

that's pretty fair approach. I can tell as long as you stay in posh areas...you will be fine. And half sleeves...and some long tights are fine....rest is just be sensible .....and dont over expose yourself....you'll be fine...

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leoleo
11/18/2014 09:00 EST

"lahore cantt and DHA are the best areas "

again they maybe posh areas but too much traffic noise and pollution compared to bahria town. So whichever city you choose (lahore, karachi, islamabad) make sure its baharia town...and you are welcome...lol

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