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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moin Khan's "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" screened at the PACC

Considering all the murder and mayhem laced headlines Pakistan grabs in the international media, it is hard to imagine very many international travelers will be interested in exploring traveling opportunities in Pakistan.  But a screening of "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" a documentary made by Moin Khan, a Bay Area bike enthusiast, originally from Lahore, disaffirmed such estimates.  Around 200 queued up at the Pakistani American Culture Center in Milpitas to watch the documentary in two sessions! 
After doing a mostly overland trip from San Francisco to Pakistan on his motorbike in 2011, Moin Khan now works as a tour operator and takes groups of tourists to biking trips in Pakistan.  "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" was filmed on the last trip Moin Khan and his foreign guests did in the northern areas of Pakistan.




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At Sat Jan 24, 07:07:00 PM PST, Blogger Cemendtaur said...

A better report is here:
http://pakistanlink.org/Community/2015/Jan15/23/03.HTM

Moin Khan’s Different Agenda
By A.H. Cemendtaur
Photos by Asghar Aboobaker

Though the ‘T’ word never comes up in Moin Khan’s speech it is obvious that the Taliban and the 30-year old Bay Area motorcycle enthusiast are working on diametric agendas: the Taliban are destroying the tourism industry in Pakistan, Moin Khan wants to revive tourism in his homeland by taking foreigners on trips to the northern areas in Pakistan.

Ever since his adventurous 2011 mostly overland San Francisco to Pakistan trip, Moin Khan, originally from Lahore, has been giving talks about his ‘Different Agenda’. His agenda is to promote Pakistan, to convince the international community that in spite of the gruesome, violent news stories coming out of Pakistan, most of the Pakistanis are as normal as citizens of any other country, and that many parts of Pakistan are very safe to travel in.

Moin Khan’s latest talk and a screening of his documentary film "Rediscovering Pakistan - The Untold Tale" took place at the Pakistani American Culture Center in Milpitas where PACC’s president Rabia Adil welcomed the audience. The event was cosponsored by the Bay Area Riders Forum. Rabia Adil called Moin Khan a great ambassador for Pakistan for showing to people the part of Pakistan normally ignored by the international medi

Talking to the audience Moin Khan described how when he came to the US in 2005 he did not have a passion in his life. Going to the DeAnza College and then to the San Francisco State University he changed his major ten times, finally graduating in marketing.



Khan said when he was in college “bad news out of Pakistan did not stop.” He did not like it, but he wanted someone else to do something positive which he could then read about.

When that did not happen he decided to be the change he wanted to see. In 2011 he rode a motorcycle from San Francisco to Pakistan to let the world meet a common Pakistani. Moin Khan wanted to show the world that the Pakistanis are like everybody else: regular, peace loving people.

Khan said to save up for the trip to Pakistan he worked 70 hours a week for eighteen months before the trip. “I ate a lot of rice and ketchup.” He said he crashed in Romania and broke three ribs, shoulder, wrist, and a finger; later, he also had an accident in Germany. He said the journey through 22 countries before reaching Pakistan took six months during which he traveled 25,000 miles.

Moin Khan said six months after reaching Pakistan he bought a 1962 Vespa scooter and rode it all the way to the Chinese border. Few months later, traveling in Vietnam he suddenly felt that motorcycles were no longer his passion; his passion was the love for his country, Pakistan. He decided to invite his Bay Area biker friends to Pakistan. In 2013 only two bikers came on his invitation. In 2014 he arranged two tours, the first tour had nine people, the second one had three people. Brighto Paints (a Pakistani paint manufacturer) sponsored the documentary film that was shot during the first trip.

Moin Khan’s talk at the PACC was attended by over 150 people.

An audio file of the program is present here:

https://archive.org/details/MoinKhanBikerAtPACC

 
At Sun Jan 25, 02:25:00 PM PST, Anonymous Mukhtar Ali said...

Mr. Cemendtaur,
Have you verified Moin Khan's story? I see a few holes in the story about SF to Lahore overland trip in which he passed thru 22 countries on his motorcycle. I want to know which passport he was traveling on. Obviously not on the Pakistani passport--it will almost be impossible to get the visas on time for so many countries. My guess is that he traveled on the US passport. But then how did he travel through Iran on the US passport? Post any information about this, if you have it.

 
At Tue Jan 27, 09:59:00 AM PST, Blogger Cemendtaur said...

Thanks for writing, Mukhtar Ali.
No, I do not have information about Moin Khan's trip through Iran.
But I have verified his story to some extent.
For example, the accident in Romania was reported in the Romanian press. It is here:
http://www.ziare.com/arad/accident/accident-grav-cu-motocicleta-2551941
And he was in Turkey. A TV report is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Z-zuSMl90
Iran, I don't know. Let's ask Moin Khan.

 
At Tue Jan 27, 03:24:00 PM PST, Blogger Zia Babar said...

Mukhtar,

Moin Khan was regularly posting pictures and updates on the internet while traveling through those 22 countries. These were being followed by many people (myself included). I don't think there is any doubt here regarding his claims.

-Zia

 
At Tue Jan 27, 03:50:00 PM PST, Blogger Cemendtaur said...

Moin Khan's note, being copied from Facebook.

"I'm a dual national. Born n raised in Pakistan so i have a green Passport. Went to school here in California so i have a blue passport too.. I graduated with a International Business degree and not a Marketing Degree.

Thank you for the article, I'm sharing it on my page!"

 
At Tue Jan 27, 05:32:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed Moin all through Europe over the differentagenda web site and fb page. Moin travelled on US passport through out except when in Iran. There he used his Pakistan Pass port. The story of moin is accurate and the truth. Almost every thing on the documentary was posted on FB page one time or another. Moin was invited to talk on TED 2 years back. There are umpteen episodes and references to people and families throughout his trip that can be verified. He was on TV in UK, Germany, Romania, Turkey and also in Iran. Those clips are all on Youtube, search for differentagenda or Moin Khan. Moin is doing the right thing, he is pushing the envelope further where a normal citizen of Pakistan at his age is too lazy to venture into the unknown. This man is genuine and awesome and should be supported not ridiculed.

 
At Tue Jan 27, 08:33:00 PM PST, Anonymous Mukhtar Ali said...

It appears that I am the only ignorant person around here. Can anyone post a link to Moin Khan's travels in Iran? I am especially interested in Moin Khan's Iran to Pakistan border crossing and travel in a very dangerous area (Balochistan) before reaching Sindh/Punjab. I very much appreciate everyone's response.

 
At Wed Jan 28, 03:45:00 PM PST, Anonymous Mukhtar Ali said...

Hello. Anyone there?
A followup question for Moin Khan. On "Went to school here in California so i have a blue passport too"
How does going to school get a foreign student the US citizenship?
I was told the only ways were work, marriage, or investment.

 

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