Pakistan

Is Pakistan a Safe Country?

Tourism in Pakistan is safe, let's know how?

Do you plan to visit the world’s most attractive places? Those of you who are interested in tourism will be interested to learn about a country that has breathtaking sights and moves the heart; that is Pakistan. But, is Pakistan a Safe country, this question may arise instantly in your mind, and your desire to see the most beautiful places in Pakistan leads to incomplete your dreams and leads to heartbreak.

Is Pakistan a Safe Country to Travel?

Of course, yes. If you want to travel to Pakistan, Pakistan is currently safe for travelers of all genders. Blessed with massive mountain ranges, hospitality that you thought only existed in movies, and more historical sites than you can count, Pakistan is an adventure traveler’s wet dream.

There are still security issues in more remote areas of the country, but after years of struggle with violence and terrorism, many places in Pakistan are now safe for locals and foreigners alike. As with any travel, you should do your research before deciding to travel to the country.

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But here is another question arises that:

What are the reasons that Pakistan became a suspicious country in front of foreigners?

Why did Pakistan call a danger to peace in the region?

Pakistan itself is a sign of peace then how did opponents become successful to attach the worse of terrorism to Pakistan?

In this article,

I will explore all the facts with deep studies and research, and then the decisions will be yours.

Also, read the reviews of foreign tourists who visited Pakistan.

What are the Safety Tips for Travel in Pakistan?

The most important thing you can do while traveling in Pakistan is to trust your instincts. If something feels bad or suspicious, back off.

Always have a Local SIM Card and Local Phone Number:

It might People will offer their phone numbers to you for assistance often. They are useful for translating in tough spots, letting people know where you are, and staying in touch with hosts and other helpful folks. Telenor and Zong offer the best mobile coverage in Pakistan.

Reach Out to Locals and Experienced Foreigners for Information:

Facebook groups such as Backpacking Pakistan, See you in Pakistan, and female tourists in Pakistan are treasure troves of information and contacts. Couch surfing is another great resource for connecting with locals.

Watch Yourself in Big Crowds:

From bum grabs to brick throwing to bag snatching, crowds can be tricky business. Watch your things– and your parts–in thick crowds.

Have Faith in People:

Having faith in people you meet is important to enjoy your time in Pakistan. Most Pakistani are very welcoming of foreign guests and will do their best to make sure your visit goes smoothly. Constant suspicion is tiring, trust people who seem good.

Is it Safe to go Trekking in Pakistan?

Yes, it is generally safe to trek in Pakistan! Pakistan is heaven for mountain lovers. Hardcore mountaineers and casual trekkers alike flock to its mountain ranges every year.

It is highly recommended to hire local guides if doing any overnight/ long treks in Pakistan. They know the mountains better than anyone else and will prevent you from getting lost or ending up somewhere dangerous.

Some ideal bases for day treks are Kalam in Swat Valley, Gulmit or Karimabad in Hunza, and Skardu in the East.

Is it Safe to Drink Water in Pakistan?

Tap water is not safe to drink in most parts of Pakistan, especially in the major cities. Most urban drink filtered or bottled water.

In mountains, tap water is sometimes acceptable to drink. Drinking glacier water without filtering has been linked to kidney problems in local populations.

However, some people get or pipe water directly from mountain springs. Springwater is clean, healthy, and safe to drink. 

Is Pakistan Safe for Female Tourists?

On the surface, Pakistan is a man’s world. Male drivers navigate roads, male waiters bring Dal to the dinner table and men run shops, hawk wares, and loiter anywhere and everywhere.

But another world powers the male facade: the world of women. In Pakistan, women-run homes, handle the 4Cs: cooking, cleaning, clothing, and children.

Though guests are warmly welcomed in Pakistani homes, women in the family often stay away from the guest area when men are present.

Female travelers can transcend this cultural barrier. Women are considered safe and welcome to interact with both men and women. The motorcycle girl of Pakistan is a live example of it.

What are the Safest Places to Visit in Pakistan?

No place is 100% safe, of course, but some places are calmer than others in Pakistan.

Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan:

Most people who visit Pakistan, want to travel to Huza at one point or another. Gilgit Baltistan, as a whole, is quiet-peaceful, but if you are looking for a place easy to travel to, welcome people, and has a very safe track record, Hunza is a place to start.

Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan:

Like Hunza, the Ghizer district to the west of Gilgit city (along the road to Shandur Pass) is peaceful. Home to generally well-educated and open-minded Ismaili Muslims, it is a very welcoming place for travelers. Ghizer is the best district in Gilgit Baltistan–Phander Valley is a good place to start.

Lahore:

Lahore is safe for travelers. People are quite used to seeing foreign tourists in Lahore, especially in the historical areas, and the city is quite well managed security-wise. Lahore is welcoming and a good addition to any trip.

Islamabad:

Pakistan’s capital is, hands down, the safest city in Pakistan. Admittedly this leads to a very sterile experience but it’s a safe and very forgiving starting point for any Pakistan trip.

What is the Safest City in Pakistan?

Islamabad is easily the safest city in Pakistan and somewhere I believe virtually anyone could travel to.

Honestly, Islamabad is even safer than cities like Miami.

What do the Foreigner Visitors say About Pakistan?

Pakistan is a place that captures international attention. Hundreds of foreign tourists visit Pakistan every year. The tourism industry in Pakistan is increasing day by day. Here is the list of some foreign travelers who visited Pakistan. Come and Let’s hear what they have to say about Pakistan:

  • Alex and Sebastiaan
  • Sophee Southall
  • Eva Zu Beck
  • Cynthia Ritchie

Alex and Sebastiaan said:

“Forget your fears – go visit Pakistan. It’s far from the easiest country to travel in, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more hospitable country of people. Add to that rich cultural history and diversity, stunning nature, and you have a perfect destination for adventurous spirits. Just do it. You won’t regret it.”

 

Sophee Southall is an Australian tourist and blogger. She said:

“Upon arriving in Pakistan, I was quite nervous. Will I accidentally offend the locals? As a woman, should I keep my mouth shut at all times? Will Pakistanis act aggressively towards us because we’re Westerners? Are we driving straight towards danger? These were some of the thoughts running through my head at the time.”

She further said:

“A journey to Pakistan isn’t a holiday; it’s a life-changing adventure, an education and an off-the-beaten-track experience you’ll never forget. Expect to be surprised, moved, inspired, challenged and supported. Enhance your journey by traveling with an open mind, a beaming smile and a warm heart. Pakistanis will return your optimism and kindness a thousand times over.”

 

Geographically Pakistan is located in a place on the earth that is endowed with the beauty of its high mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking waterfalls scenes, and other natural attractions. So if you are doubtful by thinking is Pakistan a safe country or not, then it is nothing other than bull shit. read the Eva Zu Beck comments she said about Pakistan in the link.

Cynthia Ritchie belongs to the US. She said:

“Pakistan is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. From the convergence of the world’s three largest mountain ranges: The Himalayas, Hindukush, and Karakorum; to charming European-type villages; expansive forests; to salt mines, desert planes below sea level. The various cultures and sub-cultures are endless. It’s also an archeologist’s heaven! I fulfilled a lifelong dream of being an archaeologist on an active dig site uncovering an ancient Buddhist monastery.”

 

These comments and love of foreigners remove all doubts about the question is Pakistan a Safe Country? The people of Pakistan are welcoming and very hospitable. They love equality and The people of Pakistan, rich or poor, try to be as hospitable as possible according to their status.

What did Queen Elizabeth’s Family say about Pakistan?

The British Royal family has visited Pakistan many times. Queen Elizabeth II along with her husband, arrived in Pakistan in 1961 for the first time. In October 1997 she came to Pakistan again and said Pakistan seemed like her own home.

Princess Diana is the world’s most beautiful lady who conquered the heart of countless people with her kind nature. She got fame around the world. Overall Princess Diana visited Pakistan three times. First in 1991, then in February 1996 and last time in May 1997.

Finally, in October 2019, Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Pakistan. Prince William is the Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. The royal couple met with the prime minister and spent a memorable time. Their visit promotes the safety impact of Pakistan in front of the world.

American Lady Sang the Urdu Poem of Allama Iqbal:

An American woman visited Pakistan. she enjoyed the hospitality and confessed that she is feeling ashamed of the doubts that she thought about Pakistan before arrival. After returning back to her homeland, she expressed her feeling in front of the audience and sang some lines from a poem that was written by Allama Mohammed Iqbal.

Allama Mohammed Iqbal is the national poet of Pakistan. His poems have been sung by children on different occasions especially when the nation celebrates Iqbal day. He is one of the real heroes of Pakistan.

What are the Actual Dangers of Traveling in Pakistan?

Here’s what I think travelers should be careful of while in Pakistan:

Road Accidents:

Pakistani drivers are cray. Roads in cities are busy. Many trucks and bus drivers give no fucks and consume large amounts of hashish while driving their routes.

Food Poisoning:

Hygiene standards in Pakistan are poor. Combined with the excessive use of oils and spices in the food, it’s common for visitors to have abdominal issues.

Altitude:

Many villages in northern Pakistan are at high enough altitudes to cause altitude sickness, and many common passes (Babusar pass, Khunjerab pass) are 4000m+.

What Actually is Going on with Pakistan’s Security Situation?

The country stabilized immensely since the peak Taliban activity around 2009-2012. Pakistan’s military has a tight hold on the country to maintain peace. ISI, the country’s intelligence agency, is highly active behind the scenes ensuring potential threats are dealt with before harm comes to anyone. Streets might seem militant because of all the checkpoints and army personnel, but they are far safer than they were before.

Places that casual tourists are likely to visit are peaceful these days. There’s little need to fear acts of terrorism.

International Media: A Big Source to Spread Misconceptions

Pakistan is a country that always stands with Oppressed people. On several occasions, Pakistan has raised its voice for the rights of Kashmiris, Palestine, and the people of Sham. The sympathy of Pakistan for these Muslim countries is unbearable for the non-Muslims living in the neighborhood of Pakistan.

Imran Khan’s speech at United Nations 2019 covered a big-time while speaking on the Cruelty happening to the Kashmiris by India. This speech depicts the sorrow and injustice that the Kashmir population is facing.

Moreover, the whole world is familiar with the situation facing our Palestinian brothers. The atrocities against the Palestinians in Israel have no limit. Pakistan always condemns the cruelty and on 21 May 2021, Palestine solidarity day was observed in Pakistan.

It is the responsibility of the media to bring the true news of the atrocities against Muslims in Kashmir and Palestine to the people and expose the oppressors. Pakistan has always raised its voice against oppression and Pakistan’s efforts to give rights to the oppressed are appreciated. The media must convey the role of Pakistan to the world in the appropriate way.

Social Media Platforms

Every country has its internal domestic issues. There happened clashes between the government and the public and the public opposed the decision of the government. But if such happens in Pakistan, India makes a fuss and starts to spread misconceptions about Pakistan.

Recently, In October 2020, Indian media started to share a disinformation Campaign on Twitter that there is a civil war held in Pakistan. This was false news having no truth, just was a Conspiracy to build a wrong image in front of the world.

Have a look at this screenshot:

False news

The president of Pakistan, Arif Alvi demands serious discourse on this false news.

Fake news

Digital Rights Foundation precisely wrote about the dissemination of disinformation ahead of Pakistan by Pro-India accounts. You can read the details in the following PDF link.

Disinformation Campaign on Twitter.

States that Share Boundaries with Pakistan

Let’s talk a little about history!

As all of us know Indians and Pakistanis were living together in the subcontinent. They were called one nation. But when Muslims realized the injustice behavior of Hindus, they rose the slogan of being a different nation and demanded a separate state where they could live on their own. In August 1947, the partition was done and Pakistan came on the map of the world.

In fact, the international border of Pakistan and India has a length of 3,323 kilometers. Now Four states of India share their boundaries with Pakistan.

  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Rajasthan
  • Gujarat and
  •  Punjab.

Pakistan is the world’s 5th largest population country. Hindus make up the fourth-largest minority in Pakistan after India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Other than these minorities, there are also several hidden Hindus living in Pakistan that spread violence. They enter Pakistan in disguise from different borders and some of them have been arrested among them, Kulbhushan Jadhav is the most dangerous one.

Is Pakistan Safer than India?

In general, Pakistan is as safe as any other country in the region however, security concerns are there in some areas which you should stay away from e.g. most areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, etc. As a general rule, if you use common sense and precaution you’re likely not to face issues during your stay.

Which Areas are “Unsafe” for Travel in Pakistan?

There are several regions in Pakistan that, though not entirely dangerous or filled with evil folk, are risker than others.

Balochistan Province:

Balochistan is risky for a variety of reasons. bandits prey upon people in the center of the province. The road for the economic corridor China is building through the country (CPEC) is sensitive to those who don’t want it to be constricted.

Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA):

Some of the “agencies” along Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan still see violence and harbor terrorist groups, along with other people doing unscrupulous things along the border.

Lines of Control in Kashmir (LOC):

The border in Azad Kashmir between Pakistan and India has been disputed for years, and still sees occasional crossfire. It’s extra off-limits now given rising tensions between Pakistan and India.

Kohistan and Diamer (Dasu to Chilas):

In the area of the Karakoram Highway between Dasu and Chilas, there is serious poverty and a lack of education, and gender inequality, even by Pakistan standards. There were many attacks in this region in the past, and though the area is now relatively safe and Karakoram Highway is now frequented by tourists.

Is it Safe to Visit Peshawer?

Close to Afghanistan’s border with a reputation for being a terroristic Wild West where guns and hashish are sold openly and women flutter through the streets in burqas, it’s understandable why people are apprehensive about visiting Peshawar. Foreigner tourists used to receive security escorts when visiting Peshawar.

But these days it’s safe to visit Peshawer. The City of Flowers is working hard to rebuild and attract tourists after being ravaged by violence in recent decades.

Bottom Line

Pakistan is a safe country to visit. although there are several hidden Kulbhushan Jadhav working in it to spread terrorism in Pakistan and to destroy the image of this beautiful country. The intelligence agency and military of Pakistan work hard to control suspicious activities and apply strict vigilance to the sensitive areas.

Pakistan is a Muslim country that is achieved in the name of Islam. Islam itself means peace. Despite countless Indian abuse, Pakistan still promotes peace and reconciliation with India. The inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor by Imran khan proves a soft spot for the Sikh community living in India. Hopefully, the relationship between India and Pakistan will go better in the future.

Anesa Yasmeen

Aneesa Yasmeen; a Senior analyst on Current affairs who always focuses on exploring better-researched outcomes by deep analyst strategies. She is a passionate author and enjoys writing about the latest events happening in Pakistan.

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