Video: What it’s like to be an American reporter in Pakistan

March 29, 2013

Richard Leiby, the Post's always-excellent (yes, I'm biased) correspondent in Pakistan, discusses the experience of reporting from Pakistan in this video. He says he was surprised to find the depth of "genuine piety" among people there, beyond just the extremists. "It's really humbling to me," he says, "because we have so many misconceptions about Islam." He also talks about seeing the van in which Malala Yousafzai, the young girls-rights activist, had been shot by the Taliban.

You can see all of Leiby's articles here. Some favorites include:

A profile of two Pakistani brothers, both clerics, one who rants against the evils of America and of Jews, the other who lived in America and worked with a rabbi to promote religious tolerance. Leiby wrote that the bothers' "conspicuously different paths illustrate the often contradictory nature of Pakistan itself, a country that behaves like both friend and foe to its chief patron, the United States — frequently at the same time."

On the atmosphere of courage and fear at Malala's school in the Swat valley

A colorful profile of the very colorful Mansoor Ijaz, who kicked up the "weird diplomatic intrigue" of "memogate," a fascinating and revealing moment in Pakistan-U.S. relations, such as they are.

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