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People dance to the beat of the house music at Centrifuge, a Pakistani rave party. REUTERS photo

People dance to the beat of the house music at Centrifuge, a Pakistani rave party. REUTERS photo

Women in short skirts and men with gelled hair bump and grind on a dance floor as a disc jockey pumps up the volume. The air is thick with illicit smoke and shots of hard liquor are being passed around. Couples cuddle and kiss in a lounge.

This is not Saturday night at a club in New York or Paris. It is the secret side of Pakistan, a Muslim nation often described in the West as a land of bearded, Islamic hardmen and repressed, veiled women.

Pakistan was created out of Muslim-majority areas in colonial India 65 years ago, and for decades portrayed itself as a progressive Islamic nation. Starting in the 1980s, however, it has been drifting towards a more conservative interpretation of Islam that has reshaped the political landscape, fuelled militancy.


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umar farooq

8/22/2012 8:57:49 PM

In Pakistan a small minority is fanatic and conservative, a similar number are extremely liberal and the vast majority that lies between the two extremes but they are silent and often unobserved by the media.

mara mcglothin

8/22/2012 4:41:27 PM

From what I have been told by Pakistani refugees in America is that the government is so corrupt and the fanatical society is so deep that the type of people in the picture are few and far between. TEKION You probably aren't wrong.

zee mIR

8/22/2012 12:08:02 PM

Mr.Peter. What have you thought of them Before. you just realised GOD THEYARE HUMAN??? not a very sensible comment though.

Mr Qudsi

8/22/2012 9:42:08 AM

It happen every where, Pakistan is not only place. Pakistan is more Islamic than many other countries.Most of people are peaceful Muslims. But I don't know world's media is against Pakistan and keep portraying Pakistan negatively.

Peter Lambson

8/22/2012 7:48:40 AM

Oh dear God, they're human!

Tekion Particle

8/22/2012 3:47:46 AM

I made a mistake to class all Pakistanis having the same mentality on life, religion, religion and hardline religion. I am pleased to be wrong. Party on dudes, you are only here once......
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