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Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

‘Homeland’ season 4: Pakistan upset that country is like ‘grimy hellhole’ on show

Pakistan officials have criticised producers of Showtime’s popular  drama Homeland for portraying their country’s captial as a “grimy hellhole”.

The show’s fourth season, which ended on Sunday night, saw Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison stop a terror plot while working at the US embassy in Islamabad. Members of the Pakistani government and its intelligence agency were revealed to be involved in the conspiracy.

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland -Season 4

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland -Season 4

“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US […] is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US but also to the people of the US,” Nadeem Hotiana, Pakistan Embassy spokesman, told the New York Post.

“A little research would have gone a long way.”

“In Homeland, [Islamabad] is portrayed as a grimy hellhole and war zone where shootouts and bombs go off with dead bodies scattered around. Nothing is further from the truth,” Hotiana added.

“When the characters in the show speak Urdu, the accent is far from the local accent and the connotations of some of the Urdu words that are used are out of place.”

The scenes in question were actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Homeland has already been renewed for a fifth season.

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  1. Yoda says:

    Oh land of the pure, thou dost protest too much…

    You had Osama living freely near a military base .
    You choose not to investigate and prosecute effectively the 26/11 terror attacks, a conspiracy that was hatched in your country, with cooperation from your military and intelligence.
    You let terrorists like Hafiz Saeed roam around freely.
    You provide weapons to the Taliban and terrorist groups that infiltrate India.
    Your military provides covering fire for terrorists to infiltrate India.
    You teach your children to hate Jews and Hindus.

    You deserve far more than being depicted in poor light in homeland.
    You deserve to be broken up into multiple chunks that live in perpetual warfare. Thats the only way for the world can be rid of the metastatic tumor called Pakistan..

  2. C3PO says:

    Q 1. Which country was the first and one of only three countries (with UAE, Saudi A.) to ever recognize the Taliban ‘government’ in Afghanistan in 1999?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 2. In which country was reporter Daniel Pearl beheaded?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 3. Which country gave nuclear weapons designs to North Korea, Iran, and Libya?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 4. Which country’s secret service (ISI) wired money to Muhammad Atta & the 9/11 terrorists?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 5. In which country was Osama bin Laden found hiding safely for years?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 6. In which country is criticizing the prophet Mohammed punishable by DEATH?
    Ans: PAKISTAN.

  3. C3PO says:

    Q 1. Which country was the first and one of only three countries (with UAE & Saudi A.) to ever recognize the Taliban ‘government’ in Afghanistan in 1999?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 2. In which country was reporter Daniel Pearl beheaded?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 3. Which country gave nuclear weapons designs to North Korea, Iran, and Libya?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 4. Which country’s secret service (ISI) wired money to Muhammad Atta & the 9/11 terrorists?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 5. In which country was Osama bin Laden found hiding safely for years?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

    Q 6. In which country is criticizing the prophet Mohammed punishable by DEATH?

    Ans: PAKISTAN.

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