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Jun 23, 2013
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Jun 23, 2013
Sounds like traveling to Mexico. FrankPS
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Jun 23, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: At the village in Hunza Valley, Karakoram, Pakista...
This is truly unfortunate, and I can assure you that the majority of Pakistanis in the U.S. and in Pakistan are deeply saddened by this incident. This is the first time something like this has happened in northern Pakistan.

There is a very narrow belt along the Karakoram Highway thats unsafe - specifically the area around Chilas town and Buner Village. Most expeditions headed towards K2, Gasherbrums, Broad Peak or the bigwall destinations avoid this spot by flying directly from Islamabad to Skardu.

On my website I have a blog about security concerns in Pakistan:

unclimbed.com/security-concern...

For those of you heading to Pakistan this summer, please do not cancel your trip!!! Its only through interactions that stereotypes are broken. If you need any details about the incident please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ali Jaffri
From Westminster, CO
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Jun 23, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: At the village in Hunza Valley, Karakoram, Pakista...
Ive got some more information about a possible motivation for the attack. The Ukrainian team that was attacked had hoisted a Nepalese Flag at base-camp and performed a Puja (Hindu worship) ceremony at base-camp prior to the incident.

This is the least liberal part of Pakistan, and the news of a Puja ceremony (which is never done in predominantly Muslim-Pakistan) must have have been a huge deal.

By no means does that 'justify' killing someone, but is explains why this particular group was attacked amongst the 50 foreign climbers there.

Here is a photo of the Puja ceremony:

grynas.delfi.lt/alpinistai/eks...
Ali Jaffri
From Westminster, CO
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