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How to come to Pakistan
By Plane(By Air)

By Plane(By Air):
Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi are the main gateways to Pakistan by air. However, there are many other airports in Pakistan that have international flights as well to the Gulf and Far East. Two other international airports are in Peshawar and Quetta. Following are the Pakistani airlines:

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

Shaheen Air International(SAI)

Airblue

 

Jinnah International Airport in Karachi is served by many international airlines, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Swiss, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and PIA.
Website: http://www.karachiairport.com.pk/

 

Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore has been completely renovated with a new terminal for international arrivals and departures. Many airlines are currently operating to the airport including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Singapore Airlines, Pakistan International (PIA), Saudi Arabian Airlines, Thai Airways, Kuwait Airways and over four private airlines from Pakistan.
Website: http://www.lahoreairport.com.pk/

 

Benazir Bhutto International Airport is currently in review to be expanded and modernized to meet the needs of the future passenger numbers as demand for air travel has increased dramatically. There are many airlines operating into Islamabad including many of the above with British Airways as well. The only problem is that the airport is also used by Government officials as well as arrivals from foreign diplomats so the airport may shut down as security is increased so flights are delayed.
Website: http://www.islamabadairport.com.pk/

 

Sialkot International Airport: The first green field Airport of the country has been constructed in an Investment friendly atmosphere, incorporating the best Airport facilities meeting international standards. Sufficient space has been allocated and reserved at the Airport for Airline offices, Aircraft Catering Units, Ground Handling Services, Cargo Warehouses, Restaurant & Car parking, Hotel etc. The total cost of the International Airport is Rs. 2.880 billion. The Domestic and International Flights have already been started since November 30, 2007 and there are 9 national and 8 international flights operating on various sectors on weekly basis from the Airport. Two weekly flights for Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah. One weekly flight Abu Dhabi. The Cargo Flights have also been started by Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways and British Airways (DHL) on weekly basis. Bonded trucking facility from Sialkot International Airport to Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar Airport is already operational. The Government of Pakistan has very kindly approved the establishment of ASF, Custom, Immigration, MET and other support services free of cost at this Airport. At the moment, 261 Directors are members of the SIAL Board.

Tel: 0092-52-6633001-4 Fax: 0092-52-6633002-4 Email: info@sial.com.pk
Website: www.sial.com.pk

 

Peshawar International Airport: Strategically situated in the heart of Peshawar. Peshawar International Airport is located approximately 180 km from Islamabad (Capital of Pakistan) and about two hours drive from the capital. During the past decade, the Airport has dramatically improved Airport facilities and infrastructure and increased both passenger and cargo airline services. Peshawar International Airport is now widely considered as one of the Pakistan’s Major Airport and a convenient alternative Airport serving the northern areas. Peshawar International Airport is served by “Pakistan International Airlines, Shaheen Air International, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airline, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Saudi Airline, Air Blue and Air Arabia”. Car rental agencies are located within the Airport premises.
Website: http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/peshawar.aspx

By Train

By Train:
Pakistan has train links with India and Iran.
India has two links: The Samjhauta Express from Lahore to Attari near Amritsar in Punjab. The Thar Express restarted in February 2006 after 40 years out of service. It runs from Munabao in the Indian state of Rajasthan to Khokrapar in Pakistan's Sindh province, but is not open to foreign tourists.
Iran has one link, from Zehadan to Quetta. Neither train is the fastest or most practical way to enter Pakistan. Should speed be a priority it is better to take the bus, or if you are really in a hurry, to fly, however the trains are sights in their own right.

By Bus (By Road)

By Bus (By Road):
From India: While there is international service running from Delhi to Lahore it is just as fast, much more flexible, and much cheaper to take the journey by stringing together local transport and crossing the border on foot.
From China: You can take a bus from Kashi over the Karakoram Highway to Pakistan.
From Iran: One comes to Pakistan from Iran via the Mijva border in Iran which is half an hour’s drive from Mashad. The Pakistani border town is called Taftan and has facilities of immigration, customs, hotels etc.

A large portion of travel between cities in Pakistan is carried out by bus. Travelling between Karachi and any of the country's other major cities by bus may take days, and is usually advised against, because of highway robbery, known locally as 'dacoitry'. With that exception, however, travel by bus is often the cheapest and most convenient alternative.

The Daewoo company runs a regular bus service between several major cities, with air-conditioned buses and seats booked one day ahead. While rather unexpensive, they are still almost five times as expensive as the cheap and uncomplicated rides offered by minibuses or larger buses between the major bus stations of the cities. Fares are often (though not always) paid directly on the bus, there is no aircondition, and sometimes very little knee space, but you get where you are going all the same, and I have never met with anything but kind interest and friendly conversation on my many rides. Buses leave almost incessantly from the major bus stations for all the major cities, and many smaller locations, so booking ahead is neither possible nor necessary on the simpler buses. When travelling between major cities, smaller buses are to be preferred over the larger ones, as these tend to take up passagers along the way, and therefore travel more slowly.
Website: www.samidaewo.com.pk
The situation is similar for local transport. While the organization of local transport may look a little different between cities, there is usually an active bus service running through the city, with varying levels of government control.

By Car (By Road)

By Car (By Road):
From ancient times people have been travelling through Pakistan using the Grand Trunk Road and the Silk Road that run through Pakistan and into the Asian subcontinent. It's a rewarding but time consuming way to see this part of the world. New highways have been developed and the country is due for an expansion in its highway network. Currently, a world-class motorway connects the cities of Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad, with extension up to Peshawar due to be completed soon.

Pakistan is connected to China through the Karakoram Highway, a modern feat of engineering that traverses a remarkably scenic route through the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains.

There are two routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan:
The Khyber Pass connects Peshawar to Jalalabad and Kabul and requires an armed escort and a permit to travel through the tribal regions between Peshawar and the border. Onward travel from the border to Kabul is of questionable safety, check the current situation locally.

The Bolan Pass connects Quetta to Kandahar and is considered very dangerous. This route is currently only open to locals and aid workers.

By Ship (By Sea)

By Ship (By Sea):
Main port: Karachi (Kemari). It is both Afghanistan’s and Pakistan’s port for goods, together with Port Qasim. No passenger boats or ships for the general public sail to or from Pakistan at present.

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Travel Within Pakistan
By Plane (By Air)

By Plane (By Air):
PIA serves 38 domestic airports with scheduled connections, including multiple daily flights between the major cities of Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Lahore, Faisalbad, Islamabad and Peshawar. Three private airliners, Shaheen Airways, Aero Asia and Air Blue, also serve Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad. PIA has daily flights linking the northern tourist towns of Gilgit, Skardu and Saidu Sharif with Islamabad and Chitral with Peshawar. All flights to the northern region are subject to fair weather.

By Train

By Train:
Pakistan has over 12,700 kilometers of railways, including 8,500 kms inherited from the British. The mainline runs from Karachi to Peshawar, connecting important tourist places like Mohenjodaro, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Taxila and Peshawar. Another mainline links Quetta with the rest of the country. There are several train services running daily on these lines. However, the faster trains like Shalimar Express, Karakoram Express, (Lahore-Karachi), Karachi Express, Buraq Express (Rawalpindi-Karachi) and Railcar (Lahore-Rawalpindi) offer more comfortable air-conditioned compartments to travellers.

Pakistan Railways allows a 25% concession in all classes, to foreign tourists and 50% discount for foreign students (both for groups and individuals). This concession is allowed on production of a recommendation certificate issued by any PTDC Tourist Information Centre and original passport, to the Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railways (at Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Sukkur, Multan, Peshawar and Rawalpindi or Station Masters of other principal stations).

By Road

By Road:
Pakistan has an extensive network of roads and highways, linking every big and small town. There are several highways like the Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) between Karachi and Peshawar (N-5), Super Highway and National Highway linking Karachi with interior Sindh and Punjab, Indus Highway (N-55)linking Peshawar with Southern Punjab, RCD Highway (N-25) linking Karachi and Quetta and on to Taftan (N-40 Pak-Iran border) and the Karakoram Highway (N-35) joining Islamabad with Kashgar (China) through Abbottabad, Gilgit, Hunza and Khunjerab Pass. A landmark has been achieved with the completion of the Islamabad-Peshawar (M-1), Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2), Karachi-Gwader (N-10) and the Faisalabad-Pindi Bhatian Motorway (M3), which have opened some of the remote areas of Pakistan for visitors.

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Tourist / Traveller's Check List
TOURIST / TRAVELLER'S CHECK LIST

CLOTHING AND GENERAL PACKING CHECK LIST
The check list given below is designed for casual visitors going on a trip of 4 to 5 days duration. For a specialized check list for campers and trekkers go to Trekking in Kaghan Section:-

CLOTHING:
Some necessary and recommended clothing are:-

  • 01. Shirt Cotton Long Sleeves 4
  • 02. T. Shirt Cotton 2
  • 03. Underwear 4
  • 04. Sweater + Warm Jacket 1
  • 05. P-Cap / Soft Hat / Cap with brim 1
  • 06. Socks Mix 2 Pair
  • 07. Sleeping Suit 1
  • 08. Handkerchief 2
  • 09. Boots with good rubber sole 1 Pair
  • 10. Slippers/Beach Sandals 1 Pair
  • 11. Wind breaker and Raincoat 1
  • 12. Woolen Cap 1
TOILET KIT (In small bag):
Some necessary and recommended Toilet Kits are:-
  • 01. Small Bar of Soap
  • 02. Toothpaste and Brush
  • 03. Hair Comb or Brush
  • 04. Towel (Medium size)
  • 05. Toiletries, Shaving Gels, Creams, Sprays
  • 06. Sun Block Cream
  • 07. Chap Stick
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:
Some necessary and recommended Miscellaneous Items are:-
  • 01. Sun Glasses To Protect Your Eyes From Sun
  • 02. Small Pocket Knife
  • 03. Small First Aid Kit
  • 04. Wrist Watch
  • 05. Mobile Phone
  • 06. Water Bottle
  • 07. Water Purification Tablets
  • 08. Flashlight Pocket size
  • 09. Note Book and Pencil
  • 10. Insect Repellent Oil
  • 11. Medical Kit/Box. (First Aid With Basic Medicines)
HOBBY GEAR (Optional):
Some necessary and recommended Miscellaneous Items are:-
  • 01. Camera with charger/ With Extra Long Life Batteries / Memory Cards
  • 02. Binoculars or Spotting Scope
  • 03. Fishing equipment
  • 04. Mp3/Mp4 Playes
ADVENTURE / EXPEDITION GEAR (Optional):
Some necessary and recommended Adventure Tours - Expedidtions Items are:-
  • 01. Camp & Camping Equipment
  • 02. Mattresses
  • 03. Luggage/Bags
  • 04. Sleeping Bags
  • 05. Umbrella
  • 06. Food Stuff
  • 07. Plastic Water Can. (Mineral Water Bottles)
  • 08. Cooking Utensils/Equipment. (As Per Size of Group)
  • 09. Small Stove With Fuel & Match Box
  • 10. Pocket Knife
  • 11. Ropes
  • 12. Route Maps & Compass / GPS

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Travel Tips
Do's and Don'ts

Do's and Don'ts:

The Pakistani people are well known for their tolerance, hospitality and cheerfulness. Tourists visiting Pakistan are encouraged to observe some common customs and practices. Some common customs are as follows:
When the national anthem is played, at any social gathering and at public events or in cinemas, for example, you are expected to stand. The best guide is to check what other people are doing and follow suit.
Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and shrines. Its is advisable for ladies to wear long skirts and sleeves when entering sacred places.
Drinking in public or toasting is not a common practice in Pakistan. The country's large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
Keep a fair amount of local currency with you. Having plenty of 100s, 500s and 1000s Rupee bills is the perfect way to pay for goods and services in Pakistan.
The common method of greeting in Pakistanis shaking hands and saying "Aslam o Alakium".
Last but not least have fun in Pakistan and smile a lot.

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Health Information

Health Information:
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from endemic zone. Vaccination against Cholera, hepatitis, typhoid and polio is recommended. Malaria risk exists in Pakistan throughout the year in areas below 2000 m. Chloroquine resistant P.falciparum is also reported. All foreigners coming to stay in Pakistan for over one year, require AIDs-free certificate.

Immunizations:
No vaccinations are required for entry. Immunizations for tetanus, polio, rabies, typhoid, tuberculosis, and hepatitis are advisable (but not essential) before travel to Pakistan.
Water:
In Pakistan drinking water straight from the tap is unadvisable. Use only a reliable brand of bottled water or boiled water from the tap.
Sunburn and Sunstroke:
You can get sunburned very easily in the tropics, even when it’s cloudy. Use a sunscreen, hat Sunstroke and heat exhaustion may also creep up on the unwary traveler. Dizziness, fatigue and cramps are common symptoms of heat exhaustion. Make sure you drink plenty of water and salts, and stay out of the sun during very hot spells.
Hepatitis:
There are two major groups of viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), which differ in the way they are transmitted.
Hepatitis A and E, spread by contaminated food and water. Vaccination against the disease is available.
HIV/AIDS:
In Pakistan, only 2% known cases. All foreigners coming to stay in Pakistan for over one year require AIDS - free certificate
Health Precautions:
Visitors must drink and wash edibles by bottled water and always avoid tap water during their visit and stay.

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Customs Formalities

Customs Formalities and Allowances:
Tourists are allowed to bring in following items without duty;
Personal clothing, hand bags travel goods and toiletries;
medals trophies or prizes;
jewelry not exceeding Rs.1000/-;
01 watch and 01 travelling clock;
spectacles and physical aid;
01 cigarette lighter and 02 fountain pens;
01 pen-knife and similar items of personal use;
01 electric iron and 01 electric shaver for men or 01 hair dryer for female tourist;
01 still camera and 10 rolls of film;
01 sub-standard cinematography camera with projector and two rolls of films;
01 pair of binoculars;
01 portable musical instrument;
01 portable sound recording apparatus;
01 portable typewriter;
01 invalid chair in use;
toys and prams for accompanying child;
games or sporting requisites including sporting fire-arms and cartridges in reasonable quantity on production of an arms license issued by Pakistani authorities;
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 01 pound of manufactures tobacco or assortment of both not exceeding 01 pound in weight;
foodstuff including confectionery and non-alcoholic beverage not over Rs.100;
gifts and souvenirs costing not over Rs.1000/-;
01 video camera fitted with VCR or a video camera and VCR with an endorsement by Pakistan customs on the passport.

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Import of Liquor

Import/Availability of Liquor:
Import of liquor is not allowed, however, if somebody brings in some quantity by mistake, he/she should declare it to the Customs Officer who shall detain the liquor against a receipt and return to the tourist on his/her departure from Pakistan. Non-Muslim foreign tourists can purchase liquor from an authorized vendor in Pakistan (usually a 5 or 4 star hotel) against a permit. This permit can be obtained from the Excise and Taxation Officer of the respective area. Hotels having a liquor vending license can also sell liquor to non-Muslim foreign tourists staying in the hotel. Please note that drinking at public places is prohibited.

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Import of Tourist Vehicles

Import of Tourist Vehicles:
A tourist may import a motor vehicle without duty under a Carnet-de-passage for period of 3 months against an undertaking before the Customs Officer at entry point that he/she will not transfer the ownership of the vehicle during his/her stay in Pakistan.

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Currency Regulations

Currency Regulations:
There are no restrictions on import of any foreign currency in any quantity. Un-spent balance of Pakistani rupees can be re-converted at the time of departure from the banks at exit points or from any authorized money changers at any city. The import and export of local currency is limited to Rs.100.

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What To Do?
What to See?

What to See?:
Pakistan offers a unique mix. Its attractions include adventure tourism in the Northern Areas; cultural and archaeological tourism as found in Taxila, Mohenjodaro, Harappa and Swat; and early Muslim and Mughal heritage of Multan, Lahore, Thatta and Peshawar. From the mighty Karakorams in the North to the vast alluvial delta of the Indus River in the South, Pakistan remains a land of culture and high adventure. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, Camel and Yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching, are a few activities that entice adventure and nature lovers to Pakistan – apart from an all embracing hospitality, found everywhere you go..

Where to Stay?

Where to Stay? (Hotels):
Pakistan offers a wide range of accommodation. Modern, well equipped hotel chains like Sheraton and Avari (at Karachi & Lahore), Pearl Continental Hotels (at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Bhurban, Muzaffarabad and Abbottabad), Marriott (Karachi & Islamabad), Holiday Inn (Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Islamabad), Serena Hotels (Islamabad, Faisalabad, Quetta, Gilgit, Hunza and Saidu Sharif), Pine Park Hotels (Naran, Khannian & Shogran), Green Hotels (Nathiagali, Abbottabad, Peshawar), Shangrila Resorts & Hotels (Naran, Chilas, Skardu) offer good services and facilities. A government tax/duty up to 17.5% is added to the rent at most places. There are official Dak Bungalows and Rest Houses at most of the stations and valleys, as well. These are usually maintained by the Provincial Forest Department, Public Works Department (PWD) or by the local administration. Advance booking is definitely recommended.

PTDC Hotels & Motels::
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) operates 02 hotels and 29 motels located throughout Pakistan. For bookings in PTDC Motels, please contact PTDC Motels Booking Office, F-6, Super Market, Islamabad (Tel: +92-51-9203223, 9208949), or
E.mail: at : info@tourism.gov.pk

Youth Hostels:
Pakistan Youth Hostels Association (PYHA) founded in 1951, also runs a chain of 6 Youth Hostels all over Pakistan. Accommodation in these Youth Hostels is available to members. For more details and reservation, please contact PYHA Head Office located at Garden Road, G-6/4, near Aabpara, Islamabad. Tel/Fax: +92-51-2826899.

What to Eat?

What to Eat?
Having inherited the culinary traditions of the Moghuls, the Turks, the Central Asians and the Iranians, eating out in Pakistan is a rich experience. Most local restaurants serve authentic Pakistani dishes straight from the oven, with the sights and sounds of a bazaar in the background. Meat, fish and vegetable dishes are seasoned with spices. Particularly palatable are the grills and barbecues; Seekh-Kabab (minced meat grilled on a skewer), Shami-Kabab (minced meat), Tikka (barbecued mutton, beef or chicken) and Saji (barbecued leg of lamb). Pakistani mutton and chicken curries and the oriental rice dish called, Pullao, are also popular with natives and foreigners alike.
Dining & Lunch
Pakistani food mainly consists of various kinds of kabobs eaten with either flatbread or rice. Food tends to be either mild or very spicy depending on where you are. So state your preference before beginning to eat. In general, most of the same food you can find in the highest quality restaurants/hotels there is available commonly in the markets (but European-style food is generally reserved for the former).
The types of flatbread (collectively referred to as Nan are:

Nan - A soft and thick bread that often requires special clay ovens and cannot be properly made on home stoves.

Roti/Chapatti - A homemade bread that doesn't have as much flavor as naan. It is a cheap alternative that is ready in minutes.

Paratha - An extremely oily version of the roti. Usually excellent if you're going out to eat, but beware of health concerns; often it is literally dripping with oil because it is meant to be part of a rich meal. Pratha is more delicious if you cook it in pure oil like "desi ghee".

Sheer Mal - This is a slightly sweetened, lightly oiled bread that has waffle-like squares punched in it. It is often considered the most desirable bread and is a delicacy to most people. Often paired with nihari.
Taftan - Much like the sheer mal but with a puffed-up ring around it. This is generally just as good as the sheer mal but easier to eat liquidy shorba with.

As you might have noticed, Nan is usually used to pick up liquid and soft foods like shorba and beans. Utensils are not commonly used during meals in Pakistan except to serve dishes (unless someone is eating rice and would like to be polite or is unpracticed eating it by hand). Attempting to cut a naan with a knife and drink shorba with a spoon may elicit some amusement around you. Watching others may help.

What to Wear?

What to Wear?
Lightweight, cotton clothes suffice all over Pakistan, except in the north during the winter months. Men wear western suits in urban areas at official occasions or at social events. Otherwise casual shalwar kamiz is commonly worn by one and all. It is recommended that women visitors should dress modestly.

What to Buy?

What to Buy?
Pakistan is a treasure house of exquisite handicrafts. The artisans here pass down the expertise from one generation to another. Weaving, pottery, tile-work, inlays in metal, wood and stone, are all found here. Pottery here is a living art, with its origins dating back to 3,000 B.C. Today, each region of Pakistan claims its own specialty in jars and jugs, from sturdy terracotta to paper-thin ceramics, in vivid colors of mustard yellow, deep green, brick red and sky blue. For those who are keen shoppers, the prices are quite reasonable. You will find yourself returning home with hand-woven carpets, marble pieces, copper and brass items, woodwork, embroidered “Kurtas” and “Khussas” and countless objects d’art.

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Exports

Exports:
Foreign tourists can export precious stones or jewelry (except gold jewelry) up to a value of Rs.2000 without any permission or duty (for Afghans, Bangladeshi and Iranians; up to Rs.1000). Export of antiques (such as Gandhara statues etc) and drugs is prohibited.

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Communication
 

Communication Systems:
Communication systems in Pakistan have improved at a rapid pace in the last decade. The internet and satellite systems have rapidly changed the landscape from which Pakistan communicates. Moving from a government run system to independent carriers, communicators have options and a range of products to choose from. Cell phones/mobile phones are everywhere and there are various independent companies that compete with each other. The internet of course, late in coming to Pakistan, is just as important there as it is in the rest of the world. Again, as with other communication devices, there are independent companies and providers that offer ranges in products and services. Under communications are also radio and television and which have also undergone major transformation with the privatization of businesses. They are briefly mentioned here and for more information, please see the links above.

Telephones: main lines in use: 4,502,200 (2004)

Telephones: mobile cellular: 5,022,900 (2004)

The domestic telephone system is mediocre but improving; service is adequate for government and business use, in part because major businesses have established their own private systems. Since 1988, the government has promoted investment in the national telecommunications system on a priority basis, significantly increasing network capacity. Despite major improvements in trunk and urban systems, telecommunication services are still not readily available to the majority of the rural population.

Domestic: Microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, fiber-optic cable, cellular, and satellite networks

International Country Code: 92

Satellite Earth Stations: 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean)

Operational International Gateway Exchanges: 3 (1 at Karachi and 2 at Islamabad); microwave radio relay to neighboring countries (1999)

Radio Broadcast Stations: AM 27, FM 1, shortwave 21 (1998)

Radios: 13.5 million (1997)

Television Broadcast Stations: 22 (plus seven low-power repeaters) (1997)

Televisions: 3.1 million (1997)

Internet Country Code: .pk

Internet Service Providers (ISP's): 38,309 (2005)

Internet Users: 7.5 million (2005)

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Print Media

Print Media - Newspapers in Pakistan

Jang Group of Newspapers

The largest English and Urdu newspaper publication network of Pakistan.
www.jang-group.com

Frontier Post:

English daily from NWFP Peshawar Pakistan.
http://frontierpost.com.pk

The Dawn: - Karachi-based, English-language

www.dawn.com

Nation: Lahore Pakistan

Pakistan's first interactive newspaper which updates round the clock.
www.nation.com.pk

Business Recorder:

Pakistan's national financial daily published from Karachi and Lahore.
www.brecorder.com

Friday Times:

Political weekly that includes news and editorials.
www.thefridaytimes.com

Nawa-e-Waqt:

Pages in Urdu. www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/

The Nation:

www.nation.com.pk/

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Electronic Media

Electronic Media in Pakistan

TV Channels of Pakistan

• Pakistan Television Corporation Ltd - state TV, operates PTV 1, PTV National, PTV Bolan, PTV World

• ATV - semi-private, terrestrial

• Geo TV - via satellite

• Indus TV - via satellite, runs Indus Vision, Indus Plus, Indus News, Indus Music

• ARY Digital - via satellite • Hum TV - via satellite

• TV One- via satellite

• Filmazia (Pakistani Films Channel) - via satellite

• QTV (Religious) - via satellite

Radio Channels of Pakistan

Radio Pakistan is state-run and operates more than 20 stations nationwide, an external service and the FM 101 network, aimed at younger listeners. Azad Kashmir Radio is also state-run, whilst FM 100 is a commercial, music-based FM network. with Several Channels including SW, MW & FM Bands)

• FM 89.00 (Entertainment)

• FM 91.00 (Entertainment)

• FM 98.00 (News & Entertainment)

• FM 99.00 (Entertainment)

• FM 100.00 (Entertainment)

• FM 101.00 (Entertainment)

• FM 103.00 (Entertainment & Sports)

• FM 106.20 (Entertainment)

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Telecommunication Network

Telephone IDD is available. Country code: 92.
Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Ltd. (PTCL), National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) and Special Communication Organization (SCO) are major Government owned telecommunication networks, providing land phone and CDMA services in different regions of Pakistan. In addition to that there are six major providers of mobile phone service in Pakistan with one Satellite Phone Operator:

Internet:

Internet is available in urban areas where Internet cafes can be found.

Post:

Airmail takes four to five days to reach Western Europe. General post offices in major cities offer 24-hour services.

Post Office Hours:
General post offices in major cities offer 24-hour services.
Letter mail by Post ensures affordable, reliable and fast service.
Pakistan Post   http://www.pakpost.gov.pk/

 

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Transportation

Transportation in Pakistan:

Pakistan Tours Limited (PTL)

PTL, a subsidiary of PTDC is working as a pioneer tour operating agency and is responsible for organizing tours/arrangements of transport and accommodation for foreign and domestic tourists in Pakistan. Its Head Office is located in Flashman’s Hotel, Room No.16 & 17, The Mall, Rawalpindi. Tel: +92-51-9272017-8 Fax: +92-51-9272020 E-mail: ptl@isb.comsats.net.pk. PTL is operating transport service between Pak-China border on Karakoram Highway (KKH) from Sost (Pakistan) to Taxkurgan (China) between Lahore and Delhi,(India) Lahore and Amritsar (India), Nankana Sahib (Pakistan) and Amritsar (India) and from Rawalpindi to Naran for the convenience of local and foreign visitors. PTL transport is also hired out to foreign and domestic individual and group tourists. Daily air-conditioned tourist coach service operates during summer season (June-August) from Rawalpindi to Naran, Saidu Sharif and Kalam.

Travel with in Pakistan:

Road: Pakistan has an extensive network of roads and highways, linking cities and towns with each other, like the Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) with Lahore and Peshawar and the Super Highway the National Highway links Karachi with the interior of Sindh and Punjab while the Indus Highway links Peshawar with the Southern Punjab and the RCD Highway links Karachi with Quetta and Taftan (Pak-Iran border). Karakoram Highway the 8th wonder of the world, connects Pakistan with China (Kashgar) through Islamabad, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Besham, Chilas, Gilgit, Hunza, Sost and Khunjerab Pass (4,733 m above sea level). A landmark has been achieved with the completion of Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2), Faisalabad-Pindi Bhatian Motorway (M3), Islamabad-Peshawar (M1)Motorway and Karachi Gwadar Costal Highway, which have opened some of the remote areas of Pakistan for visitors.

Public Transport:

Taxis, 3-wheeler auto-rickshaws, vans, buses, mini buses and tongas (horse driven carriage) are used to travel within the city/town/village limits whereas inter city air-conditioned, non air-conditioned buses, vans and coaches are available from the main city bus terminals. Taxi cost approximately US$ 0.20 per kilometer. Extra 10% for late hours. The cheapest bus/van ticket (one-way) in a city (between two stops) is approximately US$ 0.05.
(Daewoo Bus Website): www.sammi.com

Trains:
Pakistan has over 12,700 kilometers of railway network. The main lines run from Karachi to Peshawar connecting important cities of Hyderabad, Rohri, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Taxila and Peshawar. Another main line links Quetta with the rest of the country. A number of trains run between Quetta and Karachi via Sukkur. Although there are several daily trains, the faster trains among them like Shalimar Express, Karakoram Express (Lahore-Karachi) and Rail Car (Lahore-Rawalpindi) have more comfortable air-conditioned compartments for travellers. Advance booking is required from the Railway Reservation offices throughout Pakistan. Pakistan Railways allow a 25% concession on all classes to foreign tourists (both for groups and individuals). This concession is allowed on production of a recommendation certificate issued by any PTDC Tourist Information Centre and original passport, to the Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railways (at Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Sukkur, Multan, Peshawar and Rawalpindi or Station Masters of other principal stations). Foreign students are allowed 50% concession on production of PTDC certificate, International Student Card and their passport.
(Pakistan Railway Website): www.pakrail.com

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Airlines
Airlines & Heli Service

Pakistan International Airlines,
PIA Headquarters, KARACHI

Room No.A-114, 1st Floor, PIA H.O. Building,
Karachi Airport, Karachi
Tel: (021) 9044575, 9044846 Fax: 9044186
Website: http://www.piac.com.pk
Email: khishpk@piac.aero

Shaheen Air International
KARACHI

157-B Clifton Road, Clifton, Karachi.
TEL : 5872191-4
UAN:111707070, 111808080
Website:
http://www.shaheenair.com/sai1/home.php
e-mail: sair@sai.col.com.pk

LAHORE
Ali Complex 23 Empress Road, Lahore.
TEL : 042-6316855-59.
UAN : 111808080

ISLAMABAD
33 Buland Markaz Blue Area Islamabad.
Road,
TEL: 051-2271201-2873935-813916-7.
UAN : 111808080.
111808080

PESHAWAR
Cantonment Plaza, Fakhr-e-Alam Road
Peshawar Cantt.
TEL : 091-278409 - 278412
UAN:

Askari Aviation (Pvt.) Limited
(Heli Safaris)
Brig. Bashir Baz, Chief Executive,
H. 59, Lane II, Chaklala Scheme-I, Rawalpindi.
Tel: 051-5505760-2, Fax: 0092-51-5590414, Mobile: 0300-8502701
E-mail: askaria@isb.paknet.com.pk
Website: www.askariaviation.com

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