Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting. (Photo courtesy: @thefoodranger/Instagram)
Updated 21 March 2019
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Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

  • Popularly called “The Food Ranger,” James is in Pakistan with his wife Ting
  • Says their time in the country “one of the best trips we’ve ever been on”

ISLAMABAD: Famous video blogger Trevor James, whose “The Food Ranger” YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers, arrived in Pakistan last week and said he was already in love with the country. 

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting.

“Already in love with Pakistan!,” James posted on Instagram while dining at Islamabad’s Monal restaurant in the Margalla Hills overlooking the capital. “We’re gonna be exploring a ton and diving in deep for Foodrangin’ and show you how amazing and friendly it is here!!!”

In February, after a meeting with Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, where James is curretly based in China, he said: “Pakistan is a beautiful country and I am excited to visit the country and explore the sights and sounds of its vibrant and resilient cities.”

Originally from Canada, James became curious about food and travel after attending university and encountering people from all over the world. HIs travels took him to China where he met his wife Ting Ting. In 2015, they started traveling together making videos about street eats. After recent trips to India and Bangladesh, the couple have now landed in Pakistan. 

In one Instagram post this week, James and Ting said they were in the eastern city of Lahore eating the “best” nihari they have ever tasted. 

“This ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavour you must try in your lifetime! Wow!” James posted

In another photo of Ting with food vendors hard at work in Lahore’s Walled City, James said: “Pakistan is an amazing country and beautiful destination for travel and food lovers!”

The couple’s most recent post shows Ting photographed with cooks in a Pakistani street restaurant kitchen: 

“We are overwhelmed with the amazing hospitality here. Everywhere we go, people are smiling at us and welcoming us to Pakistan. I can feel the locals friendliness toward me and Trev everywhere we go. Traveling through this country has opened my eyes to how friendly and welcoming Pakistan truly is. Trev says he wants to keep coming back and has already fallen in love with Pakistan and I completely agree, we are going to have to keep exploring more of this beautiful country!,’ she wrote. ‘This is one of the best trips we’ve ever been on!”


Pakistan urges Taliban, US to refrain from ‘active hostility’ amid peace talks

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Pakistan urges Taliban, US to refrain from ‘active hostility’ amid peace talks

  • Foreign office says intra-Afghan dialogue holds key to Afghan peace process
  • Clarifies Pakistan did not participate in recent rounds of talks in Abu Dhabi and Doha

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said Pakistan has been playing the role of a facilitator in peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and US officials and urged them both to refrain from hostile engagements.

On Friday, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, expressed disappointment after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed the deep divisions blocking efforts to end the 17-year-long war.

The Doha meeting was intended to prepare the ground for possible future talks by building familiarity among Taliban officials and representatives of the Afghan state created after the U.S.-led campaign that toppled the Taliban government in 2001. A similar encounter was held in Moscow in February.

Up until now the Taliban have refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government which it considers to be a foreign-appointed puppet regime.

“Pakistan is doing everything in its capacity to facilitate the peace process, and would keep urging both sides to restrain from active hostility,” foreign office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

In response to a question by Arab News about the latest round of talks, referred to as the Doha Process, Faisal said: “Let me clarify that there is no such thing as the Doha Process. The last two rounds of talks between the US and Taliban were held in Doha but the earlier round was held in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan has not attended talks in Doha.”

“We facilitated the talks between the US and Taliban in Abu Dhabi and Doha,” Faisal added. “Pakistan will continue to play its role in this regard as a shared responsibility.”

A 250-strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet Taliban officials in Doha on the weekend. But the event was abruptly canceled amid arguments over the size and status of the group, which included some government officials attending in a personal capacity.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has blamed Qatari authorities for the cancellation of the talks, saying they had authorized a list of participants that differed from the one proposed by Kabul, “which meant disrespect for the national will of the Afghans”.

The Taliban derided the agreed list of 250 participants as a “wedding party”. Some senior opposition figures who had been included refused to attend. The Taliban also objected to Ghani’s comments to a meeting of delegates that they would be representing the Afghan nation and the Afghan government, a statement that went against the insurgents’ refusal to deal with the Kabul administration.

The Taliban said holding a dialogue with the “powerless and crumbling Kabul administration is a waste of time” as their aim was to focus on the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.