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Exclamation Pakistan today..........

.......has emergency rule, as declared by the President.

Details are in the international version of the BBC webpages (and no doubt elsewhere).

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Musharraf defends emergency rule
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Aiming to head that way in a few weeks, watching the situation with some grave concerns!
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Pakistan on Tuesday

hi guys
I'm in Amistar India on the border with Pakistan at the moment and i am planing going through to Iran starting on tue or wed,
Am i crazy or will it be Ok,
any advice is apricated
I dont really have an alternitive route
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Pakistan now

Hi

We're in Gilgit at the moment and are haeding down to Islamabad in a few days, where some of our stuff is stored.
Things can change suddenly, I guess, but the situation seems quit stable at the moment and the Pakistanis are pretty relaxed. As I see it there's only more police and military in the street and as a foreigner you're not at greater risk as one week ago. Just stay away from large demostrations etc.
I have to say though, that things in the north can be a lot more quiet than the south, so maybe people down there will tell you something different. But since this is a local battle, I really don't think you need to worry too much as a tourist...
In short: you'll be ok. There's loads of travellers in Pakistan at the moment and I haven't heard of any trouble.

Safe travels... Simon
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Thanks Simon

thanks bud,
You've put my mind at ease, heading though from India to Iran Tomorrow, just to be on the safe side i"ll do the trip in 4-5 days.
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Good Luck!

yeah man..
I think you should be okay,

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thanks bud,
You've put my mind at ease, heading though from India to Iran Tomorrow, just to be on the safe side i"ll do the trip in 4-5 days.
Thanks again
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We arrived in Islamabad today and things seem pretty quiet. Bhutto calls to big demonstrations in Rawalpindi Friday, so maybe one should stay away from there though. Hope you have a safe trip through and you only headache will be the policeescorts. And enjoy Iran - its the best!

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Hi Simon how are you both?

We finaly leave Quetta after 3 weeks tomorow (Friday) as the feds ar starting to ask questions why a forigner wants to stay so long in Quetta so are heading to Sukker then Multan and hope to be at the tourist camp Islamabad on Sunday.

Where are you both staying?

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Hi all
I went through Pakistan last week with No problem except for having to stay on the main road and a few army escorts, Great place great people, you can read my blog for more info

Http://halfwayround.googlepages.com

the Police are only there to help and make sure your safe, they took 3 attempts to stop us at one stage as we kept waving back and driving on, it turned out we were going right into a tribal area where there was fighting going on.
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Hi Simon how are you both?

We finaly leave Quetta after 3 weeks tomorow (Friday) as the feds ar starting to ask questions why a forigner wants to stay so long in Quetta so are heading to Sukker then Multan and hope to be at the tourist camp Islamabad on Sunday.

Where are you both staying?

Glad Gilit went well.
Hi Andy/Karen.

Guess we're a bit ahead of you still. Sitting in Agra at the moment and will head south when Stephans stomach is being more nice to him...
What is Islamabad and North Pakistan like at the moment? The media has of course lost interest long ago, so we haven't heard anything since we crossed the border.

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Hi Guys sorry to here about the stomach.

We left after about a wel of partys and bondfires in the tourist camp and have been 1 week in Mrs Bhandars guest house, trying to avoid an anoying German!!!!!!

The situation is no change in Islamabad but south all you get is escorts not the female type unfortunatly.

We are here for a few more days as Karen has a stinking cold then off to Bikner visit friends in Puskar then Agra finaly ending up at Agonda beach if its still there for christmas.

Are you off to Goa if so let us know and you can hire my laptop again FIXED PRICE LOL.

Take care both of you PS hows the bike farings held up?
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Does anyone have anymore up to date info as I am now in Iran heading steadily towards the Pakistan border and I am hearing reports of travellers (in a car) being shot at and held hostage only 7 weeks ago.

Anyone know if I can fly from Tebriz to India somehow?
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We also kept hearing many bad stories about Pakistan. Usually from people who'd been reading the news I guess! Luckily we met some bikers just coming from there, and their info was altogether much more positive.

Sure, there are some areas where you'd better not go, but the friendly police will take care that you wont. We had very few escorts anywhere in Pakistan, and even the ones we had, seemed to work pretty smooth, so no big delays because of them. Cannot say the same about southeast Iran, where it started to take hours and days to get anywhere (after Bam). That area, it seems, is a whole lot more dangerous than the main routes in Pakistan, because of drug trafficking.

But being safe also depends on your own actions, like being alert when riding, dont ride in the dark, take care of your valuables and dont show them too much, arrange a good place to keep your bike, dont walk alone after dark, etc. If doing so, then going thru Pakistan, following the main routes, should be fine. At least for us, the only real problem was a bad stomach upset.
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Does anyone have anymore up to date info as I am now in Iran heading steadily towards the Pakistan border and I am hearing reports of travellers (in a car) being shot at and held hostage only 7 weeks ago.

Anyone know if I can fly from Tebriz to India somehow?


Greetings from Quetta arrived yesterday...
From Kerman, Iran police escort to outside town then no escort till
just outside Zahedan then just into town, but both a pain in the arse
both took well over a hour, left Zahedan next morning before escort
arrived. Then to border and into Taftan Pakistan no escort the whole way to Quetta.

Road from Taftan to Quetta, do it in two days I stayed in Dalbandin the
night, hotel on right go into town. From Taftan to Dalbandin
good road but from Dalbandin to Quetta crap. I did it in the middle of
a sandstorm, believe me a some stages I would have loved a police
escort very lonely road.

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Reassuring news..

Joe -

read your message with quite a bit of stifled joy. My wife and are are heading through enroute from India to PK and Iran starting in Feb. All the news I read from you guys on the ground now it pointing to one final decision: go for it.

Stay safe and we will keep checking in.

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