It is often said that Pakistan’s perception overseas is worse than the reality on the ground. What is the reason for that, and how can this imbalance be rectified?
People in the tissue of their everyday lives find coping mechanisms. So things are never as bad as they are reported. Moreover, most of the examples of excellence, good citizenship, daily heroism, enterprise and more are not newsworthy...as news is in search of the sensational. This isn't peculiar to Pakistan. It is exceptions that get reported. Hong Kong has a thriving economy, but it doesn't make the news each day. Pakistanis have to stop complaining about unfair coverage and extol genuine role models. There are plenty of them -- but we have to project them rather than waiting for our virtues to be "discovered".