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Pakistan in Summary – The Beauty and the Beast

Pakistan in Summary – The Beauty and the Beast

Right from the beginning of my adventure Pakistan always loomed as the trickiest country I would have to cross. While I was going to Afghanistan it was only to a small, relatively safe area. In Pakistan I would have to cross the whole country and pass through Baluchistan in particular. Before I left London it seemed like Pakistan was in the news every week for some act of terrorist or form of tribal conflict. As a result the news always...

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The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

Armed with my Iranian visa I set off for the border. Seven smooth days with no problems, then I’d be out of the region’s trouble spots and safely in Iran enjoying the famed hospitality I’d heard so much about. My first stop on the tour of Southern Pakistan was the city of Bahawalpur. Mansoor’s mate Ahmed had offered me a spare bed which I was only to happy to accept. As I got closer to Baluchistan and safety...

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Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

  On my return to Islamabad I had the chance to catch up with a Jon Boone. Jon is working in Islamabad as a journalist for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Jon had been based in Afghanistan for a number of years and was now covering Pakistan. My arrival was just as the Pakistan Taliban announced a new leader, in response to the drone killing of their former leader by the US a few days earlier. It was interesting to see him in action...

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The Karakoram Highway – The 50 Best Scenic Photos

The Karakoram Highway – The 50 Best Scenic Photos

My 10 day trip up the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass (and Chinese border) was punctuated with amazing views every day. Here are the 50 best scenic photos from my journey. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed the drive. It was simply one of the best scenic drives in the world. To read about the journey up the KKH follow this link here I highly recommend you click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through them as...

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The Karakoram Highway – Wow Wow Wow, 3 Cups of Coffee & 60 Minutes on a Leaky Boat

The Karakoram Highway – Wow Wow Wow, 3 Cups of Coffee & 60 Minutes on a Leaky Boat

I left Islamabad at 6am to get an early start. Besham was the target for the day and it was going to be a long drive. I was expecting to see my first Police escorts at some point along the way as well. The morning drive up past Murree was very pretty. It is a popular summer destination up in the hills which had me salivating at the prospect of more great views waited me on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). After Murree I passed through the...

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