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Himalaya

Day 23: Islamabad

Pakistan 
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Solving the world’s problems with Imran Khan. His dog’s heard it all before.
Michael Palin - HimalayaAfter a half-hour or so, Imran, unheralded by minders, secretaries or advisers, slips quietly onto the verandah, wearing a light blue shalwar-kameez. His complexion is clear and unlined and his long face has a few interesting angles, which makes him more than conventionally handsome. When we ask him if he minds us filming the house he waves his arm agreeably. He'll only be here another three months, and his wife Jemima is back in their house in London.

Tea and soft drinks are brought out. When I tell him of our visit to Skardu, his face lights up.

'The most beautiful country,' he says with feeling. 'The Baltis are friendly and decent folk.'

Imran scratches the luxuriating Labrador with his foot. He talks carefully, as economical with words as he was with runs, seldom raising his voice, but relying more on expressively graceful hands to emphasize or illustrate a point. His soft-voiced, unemotional delivery masks bracing views.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 23: Islamabad
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Islamabad
  • Book page no: 48

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