While the number of terror-related incidents in Pakistan has decreased in recent years, these incidents can still happen anytime, anywhere. Travelers may also be targeted for kidnapping or inadvertently become caught up in insurgent-related violence.
Always exercise caution while traveling, be aware of your surroundings and keep up-to-date with local news and government travel advisory information.
Despite these challenges, most Pakistani locals are friendly, hospitable and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
Unfortunately, in July, there were numerous terror-related incidents across the country:
July 25 - 22 killed and 28 injured in Quetta, Balochistan
July 13 - more than 150 killed and over 120 injured in Mastung, Balochistan
July 13 - Four killed and 32 injured in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)
July 10 - 14 killed and 65 injured in Yaka
These occurred in regions which have been highlighted by several government travel advisories as "Do Not Travel" due to the high risk of insurgent violence and terror-related incidents.
A police checkpoint on the outskirts of Lahore was targeted in an explosion which resulted in the deaths of seven people and 18 injured. The Pakistani Taliban group (Tehrik-e-Taliban) claimed responsibility for the incident.
Gunmen killed 10 people, including nine foreigners, at a mountain climbing camp in Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan.
After claiming responsibility for the attack, the Pakistani Taliban group (Tehrik-e-Taliban) declared it was in retaliation for the U.S. drone killing of their second-in-command. A spokesperson said the organization would continue to target foreigners.
The victims were in the Gilgit-Baltistan region as part of a trekking group. The Himalaya region of Pakistan is popular with trekkers in June and July. The Pakistan military evacuated another 20 to 25 trekking groups from the area as a precaution.
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