Currently a war zone
Sandwiched between India, China, Afghanistan and Iran, and on the shore of the Indian Ocean, Pakistan is a modern nuclear country, but it also has its troubles including bomb attacks by religious extremists. Before travelling you should check with your embassy about off-limits areas, the latest political & military developments and keep an close eye on current issues with independent news sources.
Pakistan's North-West Frontier is remote, inaccessible and home to a revitalised and increasingly brutal Taliban. The nearby city of Peshawar is under constant terrorist attack. If the government had changed their policy we would not have attacked Peshawar says Hakimullah Mehsud, the new face of the Taliban. He is clear that Pakistan will pay a heavy price for siding with the United States. There is a high threat from terrorism and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan. Attacks could be indiscriminate including at places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
The troubles in 2010
On 1 September 2010 attacks on a Shia procession in Lahore killed at least 27 people and injured over 200.
In July and August 2010, major flooding killed thousands of people and seriously damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
On 1 July 2010 3 blasts took place in the vicinity of the Data Darbar Shrine in the Old Town area of Lahore, killing at least 41 people and injuring 175.
On 31 May 2010 militants attacked a hospital in Model Town, Lahore. The attack killed 8 people and injured 12.
On 28 May 2010 militants attacked Ahmadi mosques in the Garhi Shahu and Model Town areas of Lahore. It is estimated that 93 people were killed in the two attacks, and over 100 injured.
On 12 March 2010 47 people were killed and 136 injured in two explosions in RA Bazaar Cantonment area of Lahore.
On 8 March 2010 13 people were killed and over 60 injured in a bomb attack in the Model Town area of Lahore.
On 22 February 2010 an explosion in Mingora, Swat killed six, including a British national; fifteen people were injured.
On Friday 5 February 2010, a bomb exploded on one of the main thoroughfares in Karachi – Shahrah e-Faisal – reportedly killing twelve people and injuring at least 50. Shortly afterwards a bomb exploded at Jinnah Hospital. It is reported that at least five people were killed in this attack.
On 3 February 2010 a bomb attack in Lower Dir, K-P killed at least 10 people and injured over 70. The dead included foreign nationals.
On 1 January 2010 an attack at a volleyball match in Lakki Marwat, K-P killed at least 93 people.
Since then, there has been a lot of unrest and new feature of the terror wars are the US drone assassinations. Anyone in Pakistan is at risk of being executed by the USA, whos aircraft patrol Pakistan's skies.
The Pakistan we would like to see and this side of Pakistan does exist.
Pakistan has a rich history and geographic diversity. In the videos below you can see the highlights of the country. Finding this reality may not be so easy as the country is coming to terms with the flood of August 2010 which killed many thousands of people and has left muck of the countries infrastructure in tatters.