"It's really creating a mess for most of the people over here," says Wagma Sirshar, Ali's classmate.She says friendship texts are more than just an annoyance. For Sirshar, the texts might lead families to take their daughters out of school.We get in Pakistan too, and just because there is officially “no dating” doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around that.Go to any Pakistani university and you’ll find a dating culture to rival anything in the West. When I’d tell people I had actually flown to the UK, their next question was what it must have felt like for me to fly for the first time — at which point I’d gently break it to them that I’ve been flying since I was little. It’s because Pakistan is quite a big country and flying, especially these days, is quite affordable and often the most trouble-free option for travel. That’s like meeting someone from the UK and saying “I love jellied eels!Sirshar says it's so conservative that a few unwanted texts could cause parents to take away their daughters' phones and keep them locked up at home. But Sirshar admits a few key phrases can strike the right notes with some women. It includes the lyrics: "Pick up the phone to take a picture of what life looks like through your eyes When he's stalking and harassing you with mobile phones and computers by his side." Dad tells women to fight back.These pick up lines propose commitment, even marriage right from the get go. She does this herself by blocking the strangers' numbers that send her harassing texts. A guy sent a romantic poem to my phone the other day.This is the most common comment anyone from Pakistan will hear the first time they have a conversation with a foreigner.
Pakistani cuisine is hugely diverse, because the country is so diverse.
She followed his advice, but the texting didn't stop.
It's an experience common to many women in Pakistan.
I left my smartphone behind, thinking there was no point in taking it.
Cue all of my cousins constantly uploading selfies on Facebook and updating their Twitter accounts like there’s no tomorrow.
Some are lighthearted about the matter, but these text messages can pose serious consequences. It was the constant ding-ding-ding of text messages coming from strange numbers. "I talked to my father and he suggested that I change my number." Ali says the text messages said mostly the same things: "I want to be your friend." "Ur beautiful." "?