Islamabad Pakistan Events
Imran Khan inaugurated the world's first indigenous ventilator ever made in Pakistan at the National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). On 11 July, Pakistani-born scientist Asifa Akhtar became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her contributions to medicine.
The scientist has been instrumental in improving the prediction of extreme weather events in South Asia and in research efforts to help the country adapt to extreme climatic conditions and weather events such as floods and droughts.
But the winds driving Pakistan's annual monsoon, which originates in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, appear to be changing as climate change could drive more rainfall toward Karachi, he said. On a recent trip to Pakistan, to the mountainous north of the country, she said, she saw evidence that the Asian monsoon's shift south had accelerated glacier melt, with the coast of Karachi and Sindh province experiencing heavy rainfall that once fell to the sea. Monsoon winds are said to have been extremely erratic in the summer of 2012, when hot temperatures in the Arabian Sea led to a "monsoon depression" that dumped unexpectedly heavy rains on an unprepared Karachi - Pakistan's financial center. Karachi has not had rain in more than a century, "she said in an interview with The New York Times last year during a visit to the country's capital.
Mirza said Pakistan had decided to restrict all incoming and outbound international flights and said that airport security measures would be stepped up immediately.
If you plan to visit Baluchistan, please make sure you have a valid passport with your name, date of birth, address and telephone number. Foreigners are not allowed to travel within 10 miles of the checkpoint at all official border crossings. All foreign nationals travelling within the 10-mile line of control or entering Pakistan - which is administered from Muzaffarabad - will need a "certificate of non-objection." You are advised that a certificate of appeal issued by the Pakistan Ministry of the Interior is required. Police protection can be arranged for you and your family members if required.
When travelling to Pakistan, tour operators should contact local authorities at the destination to check the security situation on the ground. Pakistani authorities are currently advising foreigners, including diplomats, to leave their home country and return home.
For safety reasons, you should avoid public transport, including the subway bus that runs between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Taxi services are available, but there is limited public transport between Islamabad and Lahore and between Karachi and Peshawar.
British government officials in Pakistan are asked to use airlines that are not approved by the EASA - unless it is operationally necessary. Security has been tightened following a series of attacks on train stations in Punjab, Baluchistan and Sindh in recent weeks. Militants have planted bombs on the railway network in Baluchistan, Sinjar, and there have been bombings at a train station in Lahore and an attack on a bus stop in Karachi.
Northern Pakistan is mountainous, and it has some of the highest peaks in the world. The Gilgit-Baltistan area is also mountainous and remote and difficult to monitor. Some areas, including the formerly federally administered tribal areas (agencies), have a high degree of lawlessness. Pakistan border and no authorized points of entry from outside, such as the border with Afghanistan.
Officials have confirmed that COVID-19 has killed more than 500 people and infected well over 10,000 others, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The WHO mission in Pakistan, where the outbreak of the coronavirus originated, remains suspended throughout the country following the outbreak.
The only overland border crossing with China will also remain closed to traffic for two weeks, Mirza said. Border crossings with Afghanistan, Pakistan's second-largest trading partner and the country's largest economy, would remain closed for three weeks.
The traditional exhibition of calligraphy is another festival closely linked to the country's cultural heritage. Polo teams from Gilgit - Baltistan compete against each other and thousands of tourists enjoy the traditional festival. During the week - long evening activities - there are tents tied to colourful folk dances from all regions of Pakistan. There are also visiting events, such as the Gilgir and Baltistani polo teams, which have been playing for years, as well as a number of other events.
Most importantly, the provinces of Pakistan - Azad Jammu and Kashmir set up beautifully decorated pavilions and visitors have the opportunity to see a selection of their traditionally rich culture. Islamabad and the surrounding regions have many interesting places that definitely deserve a visit, but most of all, they are all friendly to tourists, as family and friends are the main treasure of the locals. Pakistan's capital is home to people of different nationalities, and some of them are more common than others. While the local families are united, the family members are not always close, but in Islamabad everyone is friendly to tourists.