by Oliver Smith, The Telegraph, April 8, 2019 “If dope is what you want then you are going to the right place – hash and grass can be found just about everywhere.” So said Lonely Planet of Pakistan in its first ever travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, published in 1973. Indeed, the country was once one of the highlights of the classic “hippie trail” or “overland” route from Europe to the Far East, a rite of passage for disillusioned Western youth. Peshawar and Lahore were considered not only safe – but also fine places to kick back for a few days in a budget hostel, drink Murree beer and sample the local pot. The book offered a tip on leaving the latter city: “You can get a magic bus from Lahore direct to Kabul – look for notices in the freak hangouts.” Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel … [Read more...] about Is Pakistan Finally About to Become Tourism’s Next Big Thing?
Pakistan terror attacks
Updated 6:38 am CST, Thursday, February 28, 2019 An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard outside a closed market during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, shops and business remained closed for the second consecutive day in Indian portion of Kashmir following a strike call by separatist leaders to protest Tuesday's raids on key separatist leaders by Indian intelligence officers. less An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard outside a closed market during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, shops and ... more Photo: Dar Yasin, AP Photo: Dar Yasin, AP Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 An … [Read more...] about The Latest: Fresh fighting erupts between India, Pakistan
Roshan Mughal and Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press Updated 11:16 pm PST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Pakistani protesters shout anti-Indian slogans in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Pakistan said India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a "very large number" of militants. less Pakistani protesters shout anti-Indian slogans in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Pakistan said India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India ... more Photo: Pervez Masih, AP Photo: Pervez Masih, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Pakistani protesters shout anti-Indian slogans in … [Read more...] about Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot
Zaheer Babar, Associated Press Updated 8:59 am CST, Friday, February 22, 2019 File - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Hafiz Saeed, chief of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, addresses a rally in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan has re-imposed a ban on two charities run by a U.S.-wanted suspect behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Interior Ministry said on Friday that the country's top security body decided on the ban during a meeting held by Prime Minister Imran Khan. less File - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Hafiz Saeed, chief of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, addresses a rally in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan has re-imposed a ban on two charities run by a U.S.-wanted ... more Photo: K.M. Chaudary, AP Photo: K.M. Chaudary, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Pakistan re-imposes ban on US-wanted suspect’s charities
ANKARA — The main suspect accused of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub in a New Year’s attack in 2017 denied all charges in court on Monday, Turkish state media reported. The accused, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, could face 40 life sentences if convicted, one for each of the victims and the massacre itself. Masharipov told the Istanbul court during a closed hearing on Monday that he did not conduct the attack and he was "not the individual seen with a Kalashnikov in his hands", state news agency Anadolu reported. The alleged gunman had previously refused to testify in court but on Monday said he rejected previous statements to police in which he accepted responsibility for the attack Among those shot to death were 27 foreigners including citizens from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq and Morocco who had gone to the elite Reina nightclub to celebrate the new year. The Islamic State extremist group claimed the shooting at the time after a string … [Read more...] about Istanbul nightclub attack suspect denies charges: state media