AC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 331 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 798 times:
I am looking for some advice. I am a Canadian and have a good Canadian friend who is currently living in Lahore, Pakistan. I must say, I would probably never plan a trip to Pakistan, however my friend keeps telling me to come visit her and I would really like to take this opportunity to go some place I would never otherwise plan to go. She travels back and forth between Pakistan and Canada quite frequently and has no problems. I have so far been a bit leary of going as on the Consular Affairs website (information for Canadians travelling abroad, www.voyage.gc.ca) basically states that Canadians should not visit Pakistan because it is unsafe. On the other hand, from doing some searching and reading around online, I notice a lot of people say that Pakistan is not at all what you expect it to be and that despite warnings not to go, most travellers experience few problems. So basically what I am wondering is this. Do I go and visit my friend, assuming things will be fine and I will experience no problems as she claims I won't, or do I take the safe route and not go at all as it is supposedly deemed unsafe. I am hoping some airliners.net members from Pakistan might be able to shed some light on this for me!! Thanks so much!!
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 768 times:
I am from Lahore but have been in the US for the past 3 years. Speaking from the times when I was there, whatever was being said about foreigners being unsafe in Pakistan never applied to Lahore (I can remember a number of people from China, US and some other countires living in my immediate neighbourhood, never had a problem). That includes the time when the military was fully deployed (Lahore is on the border) and stakes were really high though I didn't see anything change.
My brother is still in Lahore and since I talk to him often I will ask him about this, let me know if there is anything or any info I can provide you with. If you don't mind me asking, do you know where exactly will you be headed?
There are no particular areas I can tell you of as being 'dangerous', the inner city tends to be more cramped and any problems that have ever occured happen in some of those areas.
I can tell you, to my horror there was one weekend (a day or 2) when things got out of hand in Lahore during the protests against the cartoons when a strike was called and some stupid bas***ds went on a smashing spree burning cars and stuff. The extend of that was that my brother who was in the inner city, as many call, it chose to spend the night there instead of being on the road. As far as I rememeber I didn't hear much else from him.
I am not trying to say that you must go or the other way round. You should feel sufficiently confident for you to make the decision, I would be glad to help with anything I can. Being familiar with Lahore I feel if you do decide to go, you will be pleasantly surprised. Keep us posted and Good luck.
PIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 739 times:
I think all travel bans are BS. I have been to Karachi during the worst of times
and never felt scared. Just throw on a shalwar and Kameez and you will
blend in with the natives. When in Rome do as the Romans do.