Dr Javid Butt
In this week's programme Bob Kelly travels to Pakistan to meet the family of Dr Javid Butt, a physcian and surgeon in St James Hospital. Bob first meets Javid in Dublin and then hooks up with him again in Galway. Javid spent a number of years working in the City of the Tribes and has a real affinity with the West of Ireland.
Bob then travels back to Islamabad in Pakistan where he is greeted warmly by the local people. Finally, Bob travels up to Muzzaferabad a city beginning to recover from the devastation of the recent earthquake. Bob meets families who literally lost everything, because of this disaster. Javid's own family were impacted by the earthquake and Javid himself has been very involved in alleviating some of the hardships of his own family and his own people.
Factfile on Pakistan
803,940 sq km
Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtun, Urdu, Balochi, English and many other local languages
Pakistan is about three-and-a-half times the size of the UK. It shares borders with four countries: India to the east, China to the north east, Iran to the south west and Afghanistan along the western and northern boundaries.
Islam (97%), Hinduism, Christianity and others (3%)
Islamabad Population - 955,629
Pakistan's climate is mostly hot, dry desert; temperate in the northwest and arctic in the north.
Pakistan is a rapidly developing country which has faced a number of challenges on both political and economic fronts. Despite being a very poor country in 1947, Pakistan's economic growth rate was better than the global average during the subsequent four decades, but imprudent policies led to a slowdown in the late 1990s.
Facts on Pakistan
Did you know that the name Pakistan was first devised by Indian Students studying at Cambridge in 1932? P stood for Punjab, A for the Afghan areas of the NorthWest Frontier, K for Kashmir and S for Sind. It was also convenient that PAK is a religious term with the meaning of "Pure."
Imran Khan; Cricketer and politician and ex husband of Jemima Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; musician