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Pakistan: warning of possible attacks by Taliban on tourists in mountain climbing area

omantribune.com reported that thousands of tourists visit Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral each year, many drawn by the area’s impressive mountains and glaciers, including the world’s second highest peak K2. Pakistan has seen a surge in attacks in recent weeks and officials are warning these may spread to the north as the spring tourist season gets under way. “The interior ministry has officially informed Gilgit-Baltistan that the Pakistani Taliban can strike the region,” a senior official of the Gilgit-Baltistan administration said on condition of anonymity. Read Article

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Czech tourists on video alive after being abducted in Pakistan

As reported by Canada.com, a video of two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen as they were travelling on a bus through southwest Pakistan shows them both speaking and alive. The two women were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province, when they were seized in March. [...]

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Jeep drives into ravine in Pakistan, killing two foreigners and injuring four more

Pakistantoday reports that at least two foreigners were killed while four injured when a jeep plunged into a deep ravine on Karakoram Highway near Gulmit on Monday. According to police sources, a Gilgit-bound jeep carrying tourists fell into a deep ravine after the driver lost control owing to a burst tyre. As a result, two [...]

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At least 18 government employees killed in Pakistan bus bomb attack

As reported by Thehindu.com, an explosion in a bus carrying employees of the state secretariat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government on Friday afternoon killed at least 19 of them and injured 45, according to Shiraz Paracha, spokesperson for the KPK Chief Minister. Read article

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Pakistan: South African businessman kidnapped in Lahore before boarding plane home

According to sowetanlive.co.za, a Vaal businessman and ANC Meyerton chairman Arshard Ali has been kidnapped in Pakistan, Eyewitness News reported. Ali was reportedly on his way to board a plane back to South Africa at the Lahore Airport on Tuesday when he was approached by four men who forced him into a white, double-cab bakkie. [...]

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Travel Alert: Polio outbreak in Pakistan threatens to spread

As reported by Oregonlive.com, Syed Wali desperately wants to immunize his three young children against polio but fears the Islamic militants who banned the vaccine from this remote area in northwest Pakistan will catch him if he tries to smuggle it in. “I can afford to bring the vaccine for my children, but what answer [...]

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Gunmen rob tourist camping near a lake in northern Pakistan

According to thenews.com.pk, a group of armed men deprived three tourists of cash at the Saiful Maluk lake Saturday night. Mohammad Arshad, Asif Iqbal and Mohammad Farooq of Lahore told police that they were asleep in tents on the banks of the lake when four armed men reached there and robbed them at gunpoint. Meanwhile, [...]

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Islamabad airport on high alert amid terror threat

As reported by Tribune.com, the wake of terror threats, aviation authorities have called in the army for maintaining round-the-clock security at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA). Meanwhile, a hoax bomb threat for a Quetta-bound flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-323 caused emergency at the capital’s airport. “It was a hoax call, but security [...]

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United States issues travel warning for Pakistan, removes staff from consolate in Lahore

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated April 9, 2013, to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan. On August 8, 2013, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate [...]

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Pakistani nationals arrested over fake British passports in Malawi

Nyasatimes.com reported that, police in Lilongwe on Sunday arrested five Pakistan nationals for being found in possession of British passport which they are suspected to be possessed illegally. Read article

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