Royal couple views the Kalash spectacle during trip to scenic north

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan, October 16, 2019. (Reuters)
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Britain's Prince William, center, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge, chat with members of the Kalash tribe during their visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan northern Chitral District on Oct. 16, 2019. (AFP)
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Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Chiatibo glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on Oct. 16, 2019. (Pool via REUTERS)
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British Royal couple, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Chitral on October 16, 2019. (Photo Courtesy: Social Media)
Updated 17 October 2019

Royal couple views the Kalash spectacle during trip to scenic north

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken by a helicopter to a glacier in Broghil Valley National Park to see the effects of climate change
  • The visiting royals were gifted Chitral’s iconic Pakol cap and a book commemorating Princess Diana’s 1991 visit to the country upon arrival

ISLAMABAD: Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are on an official five-day visit of Pakistan, flew to the country’s scenic north Wednesday morning.
The royal couple was escorted by a helicopter to a glacier in Broghil Valley National Park to see the effects of climate change that has hit the country’s snow-caped parts. The visiting royals also met with environmental experts to discuss the melting.




Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed as they arrive by helicopter in Chitral, Pakistan on October 16, 2019. (EPA)

They spent the afternoon with the Kalash – Pakistan’s most ancient and culturally iconic tribe — to experience the rich cultural diversity. A special cultural show presenting the life in the northern areas, will also be held for the royal couple. 
On arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were gifted Chitral’s iconic Pakol cap and a book commemorating Princess Diana’s 1991 visit to the country.




British Royal couple, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Chitral on October 16, 2019. (Photo Courtesy: Foreign Office of Pakistan)

According to Britain’s Press Association, Prince William made a speech at a cultural event in the capital of Islamabad the previous day, saying he will visit Chitral to see some of the impacts of climate change — including a melting glacier — as well as meet with local communities faced with the impact of a damaged environment.
Pakistan’s northern areas have witnessed flash floods in recent years, causing damages and casualties.
The royal couple arrived in Pakistan on Monday and their visit ends on Friday.


Pakistan tests ballistic missile amid tensions with India

Updated 18 November 2019

Pakistan tests ballistic missile amid tensions with India

  • Shaheen-I is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads
  • Troops commended for handling the potent weapon system and ensuring “minimum deterrence“

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conducted a “successful” training launch of the Shaheen-I, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers, a statement released by the army’s media wing, the ISPR said.

“The launch was conducted as part of a training exercise which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-I missile is capable of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers,” it added.

Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, and other senior officials, including scientists and engineers, oversaw the launch on Monday wherein troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in “handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence.”

It comes amid heightened tensions between Pakistan and India after New Delhi’s decision to revoke the special autonomous status of the disputed territory of Kashmir on August 5. 

Both India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Kashmir region since 1947 when the two got independence from British rule.