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Trekking in northern Pakistan

Pakistan offers some of the best trekking in the world. The Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindu Kush ranges which dominate northern Pakistan are truly spectacular. They encompass soaring mountains of rock, ice and snow, huge sweeping glaciers, plateaux and high pastures … Continue reading

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Road transport in Pakistan

There is next to no training for would be drivers,… and the test is a farce. Licences are invariably obtained through bribery, and as a result there are real dangers on the roads and streets from poor judgement and suicidal … Continue reading

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In Pakistan, the alcohol trade flourishes despite of the ban

He does his work in the shadows and is always on the lookout for the police, but Abdul is not into the drug trade. He is providing to the tipplers their ration of alcohol. Every afternoon, Abdul hits the road … Continue reading

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Pakistan : Shah Daula, a muslim saint

During the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ( 1627-1658, he is the one who ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal), the town of Sialkot ( Punjab province, Pakistan) became home to the saint Pir Shah Daula, a … Continue reading

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Shamanism in Northern Pakistan

Before Islam replaced buddhism and hinduism in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, complex indigenous religions were practised. Ra or Aftab, the solar deity, was an archetypal figure from whom the rulers of Bolor ( ancient name of the Northern Areas) … Continue reading

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Pakistan : Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China to Pakistan. On its 1.300 kms journey from Islamabad, Pakistan’s modern capital, to Kashgar, a market town in China’s most westerly province, the Karakoram Highway … Continue reading

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Pakistan : the atomic bomb

It started in 1964. On october 16 to be precise, when China completed its firsts nuclear tests, two years after winning a quick war against India. Since its independence in 1947, India was striving to become a nuclear power. But after 1964, the … Continue reading

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Pakistan : at the junction of different worlds

Many people think the Partition of India and Pakistan could have been avoided, they think Pakistan is an artificial construction. In 1947, Pakistan represented 23 % of the surface of British India and 18 % of the population of the Raj. … Continue reading

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Pakistan : the “pir” tradition, an example of how religion and politics can mingle

Sufism is the muslim mystical way. It completes the “sharia”, the islamic law, and it reveals the hidden signification of the Koran. It has been introduced in the indian sub-continent initially by saints, then by congregations from the 13° century. These … Continue reading

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Pakistan : an icy romance in the mountains of Baltistan

The irrigation water which sustains agriculture in Baltistan ( one of the main regions of northern Pakistan with 12 of the 30 highest recorded peaks in the world !) comes almost entirely from the melting of the glaciers. For the … Continue reading

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