This is the most common comment anyone from Pakistan will hear the first time they have a conversation with a foreigner.People are astonished that anyone from Pakistan, let alone a woman, can speak, read, and write in fluent English.

Meanwhile, I felt like a total idiot with my old cell phone that didn’t even have a camera.

This isn’t exclusive to the big cities either — this happened in the dusty village where I grew up.

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.

A Pakistani friend who studied in America shared this one with me.

When did become Pakistan’s official culinary mascot?That’s like meeting someone from the UK and saying “I love jellied eels!My first language is English, but I have Pakistani friends whose English is so well spoken that they make my musings sound like the workings of an epileptic monkey at a typewriter.Even I ended up guilty of this one when I went to Pakistan on a trip last year, after a six-year gap.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.