Terror threat that makes Kate and Will’s Pakistan tour ‘most complicated ever’

Prince William and Kate Middleton's trip to Pakistan this coming week will present one of the Royal Family's biggest security challenges yet.

Kensington Palace must grapple with a climate of terror and security threats as the royal couple visit the troubled region.

Kate and Wills fly out on Monday for a trip taking them across Islamabad, the northern countryside, and Lahore- which was hit by a suicide blast only months ago- as they get set to cover 1000km of Pakistan territory.

In a statement released ahead of the trip, the Palace described it as one of the most difficult royal tours undertaken by the Cambridges.

The couple will be the first members of the Royal Family to visit Pakistan since Prince Charles and Camilla travelled there in 2006. Princess Diana had also travelled to Pakistan in 1996.

The couple are scheduled to make a official visit to Pakistan between October 14-18 at the request of the Foreign Office.

The Palace has had to grapple with planning for a trip amid intensifying unrest in Pakistan, where simmering insurgency opposition to Indian rule in Kashimr is heating up.

Travel advice for Pakistan warns of the risk of ransom kidnapping and militants targeting the West – warning of the possibility of 'indiscriminate' terror attacks from ISIS and local Taleban factions active in the state.

Tensions in Pakistan have heightened in recent months after India revoked the sensitive special status of Kashmir- a hotly-contested territory both sides had in the past laid claim to.

India's governing part Bharatiya Janata Party revoked an article guaranteeing the disputed region's special status, effectively bringing to an end 70 years of autonomy and throwing the region into turmoil.

The Palace's statement said of the challenge of planning the trip: "This is the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations.

"Pakistan hosts one of Britain’s largest overseas networks, with the British High Commission in Islamabad being one of the UK’s largest diplomatic missions in the world."

Kate and William will meet young Pakistanis and also learn how communities in the country are responding and adapting to the effects of climate change.

Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, said earlier this month the trip would “strengthen” historical links between England and Pakistan.

He welcomed the couple's visit, saying the trip was a “reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan.

“The two countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.”

The UK's foreign travel advice for Pakistan warns of the risk of "indiscriminate" terror threats targeting Westerners from Tehrik-e Taleba Pakistan, and Daesh (ISIS, also known as Islamic State).

Multiple attacks this year have targeted police and Government personnel in Pakistan.

Hizbul Ahrar – a splinter group of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan- claimed responsibility for this May's deadly suicide bombing targeting a security vehicle at a large Sufi shrine in Lahore, which killed 13 and injured dozens more.

Its advice warns the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq have heightened the risk of attacks targeting Brits abroad.

The Foreign Office warns previous 'complex and deadly' attacks by militants have included bombings, suicide attacks, grenades, and shootings that have targeted 'un-Islamic' sites like DVD stores and barber shops.


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