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 whether they are male or female. Now, there are no anti-social activities and no risks of kidnapping, terrorist attacks, or any violence.

One can move anywhere freely and could enjoy the breath-taking and eye-catching beauty of Pakistan to delight yourself without any fear and threat.

Rather, Pakistan warmly welcomes foreign tourists to come and relish themselves and appreciate its praiseworthy and tranquilizing natural beauty.

The government guarantees security to the foreign tourists and the locals. It is not only the government but also the kind and humble inhabitants that are very hospital and feel proud in hosting the guests that come to pacify themselves by the adoring beauty of their regions.

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.

Negativity Spread-out against Pakistan

Some of the foreigners still say that Pakistan is unsafe for traveling due to instability and sectarian violence, but it’s not true. It was in the past that Pakistan was unsafe due to a lot of insecurities, but now in 2022, after years of struggle, terrorism and insecurity in Pakistan are under control.

Pakistan is a very safe country to travel now. Instead of a volatile security situation, there is a peaceful environment now.

Many foreign websites (smartravellers, GOV.UK) are raising false reviews about Pakistan security claiming that there is a high risk and threat of kidnapping and that Pakistan is a danger zone to opt for traveling. They blame that terrorist attacks continue happening in Pakistan and that there is a risk of civil aviation operating in Pakistan. But it’s not true. They are just misadvising and deluding the youth. The truth is that there are security issues in some remote areas of Pakistan, but overall Pakistan is secure to travel to.

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?

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
  • Sophie 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.

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 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 safe and peaceful country and it always tries to create a peaceful environment in every region and country and 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.

Therefore, non-Muslims and the foreign media spreads a lot of misconceptions that Pakistan is not secure and that there are violent attacks every now and then. They are just misleading the young generation and other nations with their fake and unjustified opinions as the websites of U.S. Govt. (Travel.State.Gov), Canadian website (Tavel.gc.ca), and UK websites (GOV.UK), give false travel advice to the tourists. The truth is that in past there were security issues in Pakistan but now at this time in 2022, Pakistan except some remote areas is very safe and its people also are the safeguard of the health and dignity of the tourists.

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. The Telenor and The 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. 

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, welcomes people, and have 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.

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

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+.

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..

Wrap up

Overall, Pakistan is a safe country to visit. There are some remote areas that are sensitive to travel, but if you take precautionary measures, you are quite safe. The intelligence agency and military of Pakistan work hard to control suspicious activities and apply strict vigilance to the sensitive areas.

People just feel hesitant to take a visit to Pakistan as the media has mislead people and destroyed the image of this beautiful country. It is a sincere suggestion for you to not follow politics and enjoy the hospitality of this great nation. News will never so just to this awesome and lovely country.

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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