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Himalaya

Day 23: Islamabad

Michael Palin - HimalayaHe says he made the transition from cricket to politics because he felt that, with the way things were going, his country faced a bleak future. The population growth was the highest in the world, people weren't being educated and governments were corrupt and unconcerned with investment in human beings.

'It was pretty tough because I had to stand up to the status quo, which is very strong in this country.'

He doesn't mince words. 'Money in Pakistan is in the hands of crooks. The majority of people who go into politics make money through illegal means.'

Our government minder is listening in to all this and I fear the worst, but at the end of the interview all he asks of us is that we take a photograph of him with his hero.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 23: Islamabad
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Islamabad
  • Book page no: 49

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