Want to stay safe? Areas to avoid in Pakistan

Many parts of Pakistan are affected by unrest, violence & terrorism activity.

Pakistan is currently in a general state of unrest, and you care advised not to travel to Pakistan at all, as the risk of violent outbreaks should be considered as "occurring" rather than potential. Generally speaking, you are advised not to travel to Pakistan unless you absolutely have to, and certain areas you are advised not to travel to under any circumstances at all.

Travel the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghanistan border as well as the Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa areas is advised against for any reason. These areas are in a state of unrest, have seen a sharp increase in violence and the Pakistani military is currently conducting operations against militants in the area and large or small scale outbreaks of violence can and do occur on a serious level.

Travelling anywhere in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa area is to be avoided and this includes the areas of Swat, Buner, Lower Dir and travel on the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass.

Major conflicts have occurred in these regions with the Pakistani military regularly conducting large-scale military offensives, particularly in the Swat, Tank and Northern and Southern Waziristan areas. Currently, there are still large amounts of militant activity in these areas.

The areas of Peshawar, Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki and Dera Ismail Khan should all be avoided for similar reasons. On the 13th of May 2011, an explosion killed 80 people in Charsadda, and similar events have occurred and do occur in all areas mentioned.

In case it isn't clear thus far, travel to the entirety of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region should be avoided. The Kalesh Valley, Bamoboret Valley and the Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region have also seen a massive upsurge in militant activity. In these regions, there has been a specific increase in abductions (whether for ransom or propaganda reasons), armed robbery with violence, and outright murder.

Travel to Northern and Western Balochistan is also advised against for any reason. That does mean "any reason" with no exceptions. Travel to Quetta, and Interior Sindh areas in the North of Nawabsha should also be avoided unless there is a truly pressing reason, and even then think very carefully about how pressing that reason is. If it's not worth risking your life for, don't go.

In all of these areas, targets may be anyone of virtually any nationality, race, or religion for just about any reason. Whether it is sectarian, ethnic, or simply profit driven, violence is very high in these regions and may strike at any moment for any reason.

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  • kamran Malik said

    After the operation Zarb e Azb, Pakistan is save now. A friend of mine from Holland(not pakistani) visited me last year and he stayed for 9 months. He visited most of Pakistan including, Lahore, Karachi, Kashmir, Sargodha, Gilgit, Skardu. So, it's all safe.

  • Anonymous Muslim said

    if you care about your life, kindly avoid all areas in pakistan. Perhaps a visit to the airport on a trasit flight is the most you should do. Call your family members to the airport and pay for their entry so they can meet with you.

    Most parts of pakistan are involved in terror attacks. Officials are often bribed by terrorists to carry out a terror attack that could kill hundreds.

    My experience of pakistan was awful, I was kidnapped and asked to deliver arms
    I am a muslim from australia and pakistan is the last country I would ever go again.

  • Georges said

    5 deaths per 100,000 people per year in 2015

    Casualties of terrorism in Pakistan in 2017 : 1253 (military and terrorist included). Population of Pakistan in 2017 roughly 210 Millions
    So ... 0.6 deaths per 100,000 people for terrorism in Pakistan in 2017.

    Trust numbers, not horror stories :)

  • Khan said

    Before you put negative narrations about pakistan first get your facts in order.Everywhere in the world its dangerous if you not alert. Im sure you of all people would live in pakistan for all the reasons in the world.Pakistan Zinda baad.Allah protect the land Ameen

  • Bob said

    If you are going to provide, or provide this platform for people to provide important information on safety related to travel to a location you provide insurance to/for then I suggest you ensure the information is up to date. The main article is 4 years old. The last comment is almost 1 1/2 years old.

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