Pakistan – 138th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Pakistan is my 138th country.
Pakistan burst into existence in 1947, when the Brits left the subcontinent, allowing for the formation of the independent nations of India and Pakistan. It was a traumatic birth with thousands of deaths and one of the largest migrations in humankind. For centuries before, the region was at the crossroads of many empires from Alexander the Great to the Mughal Empire. Since independence Pakistan has had a recent challenging history. Multiple wars with its big neighbor India over the disputed Kashmir region. Multiple assassinations of their leaders and exiles of others. At the forefront of the war in neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan has been subject to much violence and terrorism over the last couple of decades. Thankfully, stability and security have been improving in the last couple of years. In addition, Pakistan has made a major improvement by transitioning to an evisa system.
I spent a smidge over two weeks in Pakistan. I crossed via land from India at the Wagah border crossing. My introduction to Pakistan was the cultural capital of Lahore with excessive September heat and much to discover. I briefly explored the capital of Islamabad. Then I headed to north to visit the Karakorum Highway, considered the highest international road in the world that connects to China. This area is home to stunning mountains and beautiful nature. I ended my trip exploring the ancient city of Peshawar.
Pakistan is my 138th country.