The news coming out of Pakistan these days is pretty bleak; our last three articles on the country, for example, involved links between Osama bin Laden and Pakistani intelligence, Pakistan intelligence arresting C.I.A. informants, and the chilling footage of an extrajudicial killing. But, under the radar, several Pakistanis are trying to surface the good news amidst all the talk of Islamic militants and power struggles and ungovernable tribal regions.
In The Wall Street Journal today, Tom Wright highlights the website The Good News, which was founded by two brothers, Majid and Mahmood Mirza, to highlight the fact that "God has blessed Pakistan with a diversity of food, fresh water, profoundly inspirational people, beautiful mountains, [and] beaches." The site's most recent articles discuss Pakistani scientists mapping a genome and the U.N. praising Pakistani peacekeepers in Liberia.
Also today, The New York Times highlights the work of the AP's chief photographer in Pakistan, Muhammed Muheisen. The Times explains that Muheisen "is the first to acknowledge that the 'bloody image' often predominates in coverage of Pakistan" and that his mission to capture scenes of daily life "provoked skepticism among other photographers at first. Even he was unsure. But then the offbeat images began making it into print. The arc of the story changed." In the picture above, a Pakistani boy leaps into the water in Lahore. In the pictures below, Pakistani children try to move a cart in an Islamabad slum and watch a monkey stand on a goat in Lahore: