Prince William and Kate Middleton will be visiting Pakistan between October 14 to October 18. This is the third Royal to Pakistan by the members of the Royal Family. There is a special connection that is shared by Pakistan and Britain and it dates back to the time of Independence. Pakistan was founded in 1947 as a result of the independence of India from the British Rule. Although Pakistan appeared as an independent Islamic Republic of Pakistan but the British had left a very dominant mark on the language, culture and various other aspects of the society. And that mark is still evident in the Pakistani society, and most of the time it is referred to as “Colonial Mindset.” Even though Pakistan was never Britain’s colony.
If we look around the after effects of the british rule have considerably changed our life. Starting off from the language. Although English is not the native language of Pakistanis but its use is very common in Pakistan. From School to Colleges and Offices even official documents are written and presented in English. The State machinery operates in English. Be it the official state orders or simple intra-department instructions the communication is carried out in English.
Moving on to the architecture, most of the buildings in Pakistan especially in the cities of Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar are inspired by British Architecture and to date, new buildings are somewhat based on British architectural design. Prominent examples are Government College Lahore, Lahore Railway Station, Islamia College Peshawar, Mereweather tower in Karachi. Talking about the communication system, the railway lines, and telephone lines were all introduced under the British Raj all over the Sub-Continent and they are still in use. It is another topic that these systems have completely degenerated in Pakistan and are not up to the mark now.
When it comes to Sports in Pakistan. This sector is also fairly dominated by British influence. Most watched sport in Pakistan is cricket and this game was introduced in the subcontinent under the British Rule. Even though, the national game of Pakistan is Hockey but the love for Cricket has surpassed hockey and every other sport played in Pakistan.
Therefore, it can be rightly concluded that Pakistan and Britain somehow have a lot of things in common. And it might be one of the many reasons why Pakistan and Britain enjoy a fairly healthy relationship.