Prince William and Kate to visit Pakistan in autumn

Prince William and Kate Middleton

It will be the most logistically hard tour the Duchess has undertaken during her time in the Royal family and follows the Duke's diplomatically sensitive trip to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories previous year, the report added.

While there has been no confirmation from the Kensington Palace except about the Pakistan visit, the Palace may announce details of the trip in the coming weeks.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office".

Last night its high commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, hailed the news as "a reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan".

"Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted", it notes, adding how the country is in a "major quake zone", and that the monsoon season runs from June to early October.

This will mark the couple's first visit to Pakistan, however, their royal family members have been to the South Asian country before, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and his wife.

It must be noted that under the Naya Pakistan Housing Program, 135,000 housing units will be constructed across Pakistan in the first phase. "Both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen them further".

Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday said women were a vital component of the society and their empowerment was the foremost priority of the government.

Pakistan shares borders with Iran, Afghanistan, India and China - two of the world's nuclear powers.

British Airways also landed back in Pakistan early this month, in a major vote of confidence from a Western airline, after suspending operations due to security fears over a decade ago.



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