In March 2005 I visited Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: ??????? Pakistan pronunciation), is located to the North West of India and is part of South Asia. With a 1,000 kilometre coastline, flat land and mountains it has mix of climate and terrain.
The region forming modern Pakistan was home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and then, successively, recipient of ancient Vedic, Persian, Turco-Mongol, Indo-Greek and Islamic cultures. The area has witnessed invasions and/or settlement by the Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Afghans, Mongols and the British. It was a part of India as a large mass and even during the British Raj from 1858 to 1947 up until the independence movement which resulted in the formation of India and Pakistan free from the British rule. The state of Pakistan, comprised the provinces of Sindh, North-West Frontier Province, West Punjab, Balochistan and East Bengal. Culturally, language-wise, physically and the appearance of the people are very much the same on either side of the Indo-Pak border. In fact, its hard to tell the difference. Politically there is a huge gulf in between.