sounds like stories, I have personally had AHL, IMC get me 100% correct parts and full repair procedures, Either your freind is a burger type who goes with starry eyes that he is visiting a "showroom" or he does not know how to communicate.
I have even got PS to take a cultus back.
the point being discussed here is "availability" - not money - e.g. I can go to a bank, get a Rs 1000/- stack and throw it to the car and it wont be repaired. Such cars are good only if the owner is a full workshop himself or has access to reliable sources for this repair, just like when you buy a "gray import" laptop. The so called warranty you get is laughable.
I have my own experience to share, I also have "special moron" freinds - one of them went out and bought a fancy laptop from the large market in Karachi, its screen malfunctioned in 4 months - and the shop keeper gave a warranty as (sarr full grantee hai - jenyan itumm hai - aank band karke lijiye)
fast forward - he takes it in and it was mentioned that they need to send it to Dubai for warranty, and asked for shipment fee, lol. When asked for address in dubai as he could send it for free there as company cargo, their reply was its top secret. - the laptop was then used with HDMI cable on a small TV, pretty useless for a laptop if you cannot move it with you.
the point is that - unless you have proven resources, dont beat about the bush with starry eyed claims that JDMs are super awesome.
speaking of recalls in this thread - the recalls dont apply to Pakistan, the car needs to go back to where it came from. I have experienced this on mazda RX8s - there were updates to the ECU for tropical areas and fuel type being used - when contacted, the car needed to be at point of market or have been sold through a "mazda dealer where its registered" - Even buying their parts were a pain as you need to have the export documents first.