— SYED MEHDI BUKHARI

From Karachi to Gwadar, I set out to witness Pakistan's magical coastline

With pristine waters and beaches, golden dunes and wildlife, the country's south is uniquely blessed.
Updated Nov 25, 2019 03:19pm

Far from the crowd of Karachi, a lonely February evening sets at Clifton Beach.

The birds come home at last after their daylong labour. Their abodes in trees at the shoreline wait for them. The lonely evening witnesses a few, seemingly tired, people at the beach, but the breeze is ready to take away their weariness. Hawkers and camel jockeys attract customers in their own style.

Last evening, the same moment had gripped me at Hawke's Bay, and this one carried me away altogether. As the crimson of the setting sun changed hues, tossing and turning and reaching for the cover of darkness, my shadow left me, a wave wrapped around my feet and a cool breeze took me away.

Clifton, Karachi.—All photos by author
Clifton, Karachi.—All photos by author

Hawke's Bay.
Hawke's Bay.

Each wall of my room reflects my passion for photography spanning 12 nomadic years. Whenever I stand amid that great imagery, all those long lost moments, hot afternoons, balmy evenings, lonely, nostalgic nights and full moon flights echo. A time-lapse plays out in my mind, set to the background of a child’s laughter.

Four years ago I started presenting my artistic-traveller series on Gilgit-Baltistan on DawnNews. I figured now is the time to peep into the treasures of Sindh and Balochistan.

A view from the Makran Coastal Highway.
A view from the Makran Coastal Highway.

A wandering soul is always set on a road which leads it to nowhere, yet the soul meets its destiny at every turn. There, it steals rare moments and moulds them into timeless memories like an alchemist.

In Naya Pakistan, there are loads of assurances for promotion of tourism. And in this promising ambience, my inner traveller drags me to the dunes of the coastline that extends from Karachi to Gwadar, before it disappears into the rising sea.

Domesticity makes me restless. I find peace in being challenged, and comfort only in long, unknown journeys, sipping tea at dhabas, the twists and turns of dangerous highways, far away from crowds, where I can light a cigarette under the starry skies.

I left Lahore on a rainy night and boarded a train to Karachi after decades. From there, I planned to go to Gwadar via the Makran Coastal Highway.

The rain kept beating, the train kept hurtling and sleepy cities kept passing by. I stood at the threshold of my cabin, looking at the rain. As the howling wind drove the rain-laden clouds stretched across the vast skies, a thunderstorm rattled the carriages.

Makran Coastal Highway.
Makran Coastal Highway.

Other passengers slept, unaware that the dark and dreary night had lifted the veil off the morning, while the silvery dawn had awoken the sleeping birds by the side of the railway track.

As the train left Punjab and entered Sindh, the sights and scenes remained the same, but the soil changed. Columns of palm trees were lined up along the track as if to welcome us. The sun rose, the train whistle slit the quiet of the morning and the golden sun rays bathed the mud walls of huts, turning them copper-gold.

My friends, Adil and Abuzar, warmly received me at Karachi Railway Station. They’re both avid travellers and have been roaming Sindh and Balochistan for the last 10 years. I wouldn't have been on this tour if they hadn’t pushed me. We were to leave Karachi for Gwadar the next morning.

As I refocus, night has fallen at Clifton Beach; the hawkers are gone and only the rant of sea waves prevails in the darkness. Although Karachi never sleeps and neither does the sea, after a long, tiring journey, I can't stay awake.

As dawn breaks, our jeep leaves Karachi and marches on to the highway, crossing Hub Chowki. This checkpoint is at the border between Karachi and Balochistan. Not far, a signboard reads ‘Gadani’ and we turn left for Gadani Beach.

Gadani is a graveyard of ships — what a place to take the last breath.

Gadani Beach.
Gadani Beach.

The rays of the setting sun smear the wide shipyards with crimson red. A group of labourers break in through the wrecked ships. Amidst the massive scrap are the pickers in search of a living, stray dogs and, of course, us. The deafening whimpers of worn-out ships silence the camera shutter.

Before the sun sinks into the horizon, the jeep takes a turn and returns to the highway. The city of Uthal lies ahead.

The wind plays the musical notes of the evening and on those notes, serpents of sandy dust dance in front of the vehicle. We reach Uthal at dusk. Before the city begins, there is a road that turns left to Gwadar off the N-25 National Highway; this is the Makran Coastal Highway, or N-10.

Driving along the Makran Coastal Highway.
Driving along the Makran Coastal Highway.

Night falls as we drive along. Sand plains bracket the road from both sides. The truck hotels are fewer here, as are the petrol stations, where oil smuggled from Iran is sold. Besides oil, other Iranian products such as ghee, biscuits, ice cream, chocolates and cakes are easily found here.

Headlights guide the jeep to take a left off the highway that leads to a vast open land. This plain of porous soil is the terrain of mud volcanoes. Somewhere here lie the sacred Chandragup mud volcanoes, some of the highest in the world with a height of 300-plus feet.

We spend the night at the foot of this holy volcano. Far above, the stars play hide and seek with the clouds and there is a chill in the air. The mighty Chandragup stand upright, unmoved.

The Chandragup mud volcanoe.
The Chandragup mud volcanoe.

Chandragup at night.
Chandragup at night.

I decide to make an ascent all the way to the summit. It was a hostile hike, but I wanted to see the stars from higher up. At the top, boiling mud produces strange, bubbling noises that disturb this silent hour.

After a moment of contemplation, I step back and descend to my camp. Counting stars always helps me fall asleep. And needless to say, it works this time too.

The next morning, I wake up at sunrise. At daybreak, Chandragup tower like a monarch’s throne. Every year in April, Hindu worshipers come here from all over the country for a series of rituals as part of a pilgrimage to the Hinglaj Mata Mandir. To reach this spot, they walk 21 kilometres under the blazing sun from the temple, also known as Nani Mandir, in Hingol.

As the evening sets, we are back on the coastal highway. In a blink, we cross Kund Malir, a fishing village that is dormant at this hour, as are its boats at the calm shoreline.

The road takes a turn here to separate from the sea.

Sunrise at Kund Malir.
Sunrise at Kund Malir.

Hingol, one of Pakistan’s biggest national parks, starts here. Stretched over 1,650sq km, this magical world charms visitors with its charismatic landscapes and ever-changing hues. In places, it drops to sea-level, in the plains of Kech, and in others, it reaches for the sky at the peaks of Awaran.

The elements have carved gigantic statues, castles, wadis and chess-like pieces in the mountains; sprinkled with sand dunes, they form the desert landscape.

Hingol National Park.
Hingol National Park.

Ibex in Hingol National Park.
Ibex in Hingol National Park.

We’re on the road again in the morning. Crimson hues begin to sprinkle across the horizon and the road rejoins the sea here. This is Golden Beach.

From behind the sand dunes, the rising sun throws all its colours onto the wild waves of the ocean. Our jeep stops at the shore for a while.

As the sun frees itself from the loose grip of the clouds, we see a group of dolphins emerge onto the surface. The waves soak my feet, the dolphins swim across aimlessly, my camera shutter opens and closes, and suddenly this entire moment dwells in an ocean of time.

With one last glance at the dolphins in my rear-view mirror, I seal the moment in my memory.

Golden Beach.
Golden Beach.

Dolphins swimming near the beach.
Dolphins swimming near the beach.

Coastal Highway, Hingol.
Coastal Highway, Hingol.

Buzi Pass, Hingol.
Buzi Pass, Hingol.

Here, the Makran Coastal Highway moves away from the sea again and into the hills. Buzi Pass welcomes us as we cross the bridge on the Hingol River.

My friends Adil and Abuzar turn left off the highway once again towards the vast plains. This is marshy riverbed offering unseen dangers, and our jeep battles the mud. We intend to spend the night at Sapat Bandar Beach, 12km away on the other side of this marsh.

The waves here are illuminated with blue lights thanks to a natural phenomenon called bioluminescence. Sapat is one of the rare beaches in the world where this is visible on shore due to its remoteness and isolation.

Leaving Buzi Pass.
Leaving Buzi Pass.

Starry night on Sapat Beach.
Starry night on Sapat Beach.

A rock formation on Sapat Beach.
A rock formation on Sapat Beach.

Sunrise on Sapat Beach.
Sunrise on Sapat Beach.

After a murky night, dawn breaks at Sapat Beach at last. The sun paints everything a cadmium yellow and birds fly across the sky. A large turtle digs its way out of the sand and heads towards the waves.

The sun rises with blazing rays as we are all set to leave. But it seems this isolated mud plain wants to enjoy our company for a little longer, so it traps our jeep.

Smeared in mud from head to toe, we continuously push to free our vehicle. After toiling all afternoon, it’s free at last and our first stop is a dhaba, where we change and clean off the mud that had turned to plaster in the heat.

Right before the hills of Buzi Pass, the jeep leaves the road and bounces amid treacherous elevations. After nearly two hours of off-road driving, an awe-inspiring scenery unveils ahead, as if the Coastal Highway has taken us to Mars.

Spiked mountains soar above smoothly curved, dune-like hills. For a moment, I think this place exists in a parallel world. This surreal landscape is Pachri.

It ends as we return to the highway.

Pachri, with undulating hills and spiked mountains.
Pachri, with undulating hills and spiked mountains.

Princess of Hope.
Princess of Hope.

Moving along the Makran Coastal Highway.
Moving along the Makran Coastal Highway.

On our way back, we see a few ibex, my first one-on-one meeting with these wild creatures. Deep inside Hingol, our presence surprises them equally.

The mountains of Buzi Pass start here. Statues and silhouettes line both sides of the road and at every turn, we meet new figures. With adieu to Abulhoul — the sphinx — the Princess of Hope, a masterpiece sculpted by wind, welcomes us. There are tourists to see her highness.

Parting with the Princess of Hope, we move forward slowly along the contours of mountains. Night falls when we reach Ormara. The sea touches the road for a moment and we stop for the night. At dawn, we leave for Gwadar.

Leaving the mountains behind, the Coastal Highway once again runs through vast sandy plains. Dunes of sand rise upon the horizon as we reach Pasni on the way.

A starry night in Pasni.
A starry night in Pasni.

A view of the Milky Way from Pasni.
A view of the Milky Way from Pasni.

The desert in Pasni.
The desert in Pasni.

We cross the city to reach the Pasni shoreline, and here in the backdrop of the sunbathed mountain, migratory birds from Siberia bask in the warm shallow waters.

Watching cranes has always been my greatest leisure, whether on their visits to the Chenab in my native Sialkot, or as they drift on the lakes of Soon Sakesar.

A flock of them takes flight and vanishes somewhere in the skies. There are a few sand mounds at a distance. There is an isolated hut on the beach nearby and a dog seems to keep watch.

I want to spend the rest of my life here.

Migratory birds.
Migratory birds.

A view of the desert.
A view of the desert.

Another night falls. On the boats at the shoreline, a young man sings Sassi Pannu in the background of clamouring waves. A strange melancholy stretches over the night.

In this fishermen settlement, we are served Iranian snacks and Baloch youth tell us their stories of deprivation. As evening approaches, we decide to ride ahead.

We reach a sleepy Gwadar well into the night. I go directly to the hotel room and fall asleep as soon as I arrive.

A view of the River Dasht on the way to Jiwani.
A view of the River Dasht on the way to Jiwani.

Jiwani Beach.
Jiwani Beach.

Before dawn, I climb Koh-e-Batil in the south to enjoy the moment Gwadar’s beach bathes in early sunrise. This mesmerising view stretches before me while the boats look as if they were still sleeping.

Finally, early rays of sunlight emerge from the eastern corner and spread across skies in an instant. On this bright morning, I can see the economic lifeline ahead. A journey to development is to start from this stepping stone. I fully relish the morning breeze.

This never-ending road trip is about to finally conclude. A travelogue won’t suffice what this wanderer’s heart has experienced and felt during this journey.

With its untouched sights, pristine waters and beaches, golden dunes and wildlife, Pakistan has a stunning coastline.

I hope I’ll keep exploring and writing about it.

An era has passed, and another is to come
اک دور تھا جو بِیت چُکا ، اک دور ہے جو آئے گا
A dream has ended, and another is to come
اک خواب دیکھا جا چُکا، اک خواب دیکھا جائے گا

A view of Gwadar.
A view of Gwadar.


A slightly longer version of this travelogue was originally published on DawnNews and has been translated by Sameeha Khaliq and Mahnoor Bari.

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The writer is an instructor at the Creative Arts Department in the University of Lahore, and a traveler, poet, photographer and writer by passion.

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Indian
May 07, 2019 04:05pm
Amazing surreal pictures. Wish we could see them too!
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Amir Shah
May 07, 2019 04:07pm
Excellent insight to some of the most beautiful parts of our beloved Pakistan, I wish I could also get an opportunity to visit these lovely parts of Pakistan.
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faisal
May 07, 2019 04:08pm
Credit goes to Nawaz Sharif the former premier for building the infrastructure.
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Umair Altaf
May 07, 2019 04:13pm
stunning landscapes, saved in camera, great work
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Adeel
May 07, 2019 04:19pm
Nice work. I like reading your articles. One request, please publish photos without special effects.
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Ahmed
May 07, 2019 04:22pm
These are the most breathtaking photos I have seen in a while. Great work
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Patriot
May 07, 2019 04:24pm
No words can capture the beauty of these photographs - magical!
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Syed Mehdi Bukhari
May 07, 2019 04:44pm
@Adeel , there is no special effects. The images were shoot in RAW format which are dull and colorless due to RAW. RAW is like a film negative of old days photography. It needs to develop. I just enhance the colors and contrast which is normal in digital photography. Nothing else. Thanks
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Tahir
May 07, 2019 04:53pm
AMAZING PIX....... Keep up the great work!
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shahbaz
May 07, 2019 04:56pm
photography is best and also views amazing
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anil kumar
May 07, 2019 04:57pm
Makran Coastal Highway looks like the grand canyon of USA. Very picturesque landscape.
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Hari
May 07, 2019 05:01pm
Mouth watering, hopefully god willing will be able to visit these places one day. Will pray to god for the same.
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Hari
May 07, 2019 05:06pm
Just asking you friends, how is food in Pakistan? Honestly telling you guys if you are not eating from a good hotel in India, your stomach is gone. In India you Have to be very careful about where and what you eat from outside hotels. Is it same in Pakistan too?
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Ali
May 07, 2019 05:11pm
Wow!
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Magister
May 07, 2019 06:02pm
Unnecessary glamorization of natural beauty.
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Mukesh
May 07, 2019 06:04pm
The photos are heavily photoshopped ...awayvfrom reality
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Navalcolonyusa
May 07, 2019 06:12pm
Excellent work! I wonder if it is safe to visit.
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Abdullah
May 07, 2019 06:23pm
Always enjoyed the pictures
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Malik
May 07, 2019 06:23pm
Atrociously beautiful poetic language, with equally beautiful marvelous photography. Zindabad my motherland Pakistan, now let peace prevail and hate go away and Pakistan become a wonderland.
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Khan
May 07, 2019 06:42pm
Beautiful country
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M Sadiq
May 07, 2019 06:49pm
Mesmerising, beautiful and breathtaking pics. Thx for sharing.
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Ehsan
May 07, 2019 06:49pm
Master piece but no word on lodging facilities.
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Shahzad
May 07, 2019 06:51pm
Amazing & totally different than the northern areas. Love to visit. But after security arrangements.
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Shehryar
May 07, 2019 07:05pm
Is it safe? Do you recommend an ordinary pakistani or a foreigner to travel on this route with out military or FC protection? What other activities were there besides the beautiful view? What kind of accomodation is there for an ordinary tourist. In short all these areas are virtually inaccessible.
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Insane
May 07, 2019 07:09pm
Amazing, please promote tourism.
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Sha b
May 07, 2019 07:24pm
Very beautiful.
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ZAFAR KHAN
May 07, 2019 07:38pm
Thanks for your awe inspiring photography and composition, as well as accompanying writing. I traveled on this highway in October last year and saw some of the same landmarks. I am not sure why some people are saying images are photo shopped. For the person who asked about accommodations; there aren't any. I stayed in a dirty hotel at Kund Malir certainly not worth mentioning. Kund Malir is a beautiful beach which was littered with trash. Same for most other beaches where human beings have left their mark. Nevertheless Hingol National Park is a true treasure, so is the coastline.
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Gordon D Walker
May 07, 2019 07:59pm
Lovely Gordon D Walker Canada
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ahmed
May 07, 2019 08:00pm
Great account of a memorable journey to Gwadar. Excellent pictures of the unfolding landscape. Would love to know how you fed yourselves and where. Yes PK is yt to be discovered. And tell us about Gwadar, I may have connection! Thank you and keep travelling in PK to tell us more.
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ali
May 07, 2019 08:01pm
Brilliant work. Very daring!
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fahimuel
May 07, 2019 08:05pm
Hope Pakistan develop sewage treatment system for the city of Gawadar so that the sewage does not end up in the Arabian sea. Also it is high time that we ban all kinds of Plastic in Pakistan and have a national plan of recycling and reuse to protect our environment.
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LL
May 07, 2019 08:43pm
Simply awesome. Great work!
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N_Saq
May 07, 2019 09:15pm
This is beautiful. IK is right there is a lot of potential for tourism in Pak but all this needs to be properly developed. If Pak can provide adequate accommodation and security along the way then no doubt Pak will be flocked with tourists. For accommodation Pak should allocate project for developments to private developers on merit basis and for security Pak should use technology to its advantage i.e. set up check posts, camera, drones etc. along the way. If people and leadership is sincere then it is all doable but everyone citizen of the country has to do its share/part and people should not just sit and do nothing but blame the govt. As they saying goes "if there is a will there is a way".
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Waqas Gondal
May 07, 2019 09:15pm
Words are insufficient to appreciate your work. Good work :)
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Syed Moinuddin, Canada
May 07, 2019 09:16pm
Amazing photography and excellent article.
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brr
May 07, 2019 09:27pm
Good photos.
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St. Mercury
May 07, 2019 09:32pm
Spectacular photography. The landscape reminds me of Escalate national monument in the state of Utah, USA. I drove through it last year. It is spread over 700,000 acres. Of course, there is no sea in Utah.
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Asad
May 07, 2019 09:43pm
@faisal, Please brush up your facts, Musharraf built the coastal highway. Nawaz did not do anything here.
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Irwin Dsouza
May 07, 2019 09:54pm
I enjoyed reading your article and found it very interesting. I was living in Karachi before coming to Canada.. Congratulations to you and Keep up the good work.
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Zyovka
May 07, 2019 09:59pm
It is a great review: absolutely majestic and breathtaking. Photographs captured all the enchanting energy of the countryside. I work with a few people from Pakistan and what always amazed me was the intense, almost nostalgic sincerity of this feeling of attachment to their birth country. Indeed i hope that Pakistan will get the attention as a premium turist destination as it deserves.
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yaqoot
May 07, 2019 10:14pm
Fantastic! what an area, if only the security situation was to improve, us Pakistanis could vacation there, the time will come soon inshallah.
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Asad
May 07, 2019 10:21pm
Beautiful images! Ready to take this trip soon!
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N.Sid
May 07, 2019 10:35pm
Looks like Moonscape and not Landscape...quite a few of them, stunningly surreal and never seen before. More pictures of coastline with sandy beaches will be great in the next pictorial...as Balochistan is vast province and the best beaches in Pakistan.
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Narayan
May 07, 2019 10:48pm
Truly mersmerising and magical. Pakistan should have converted the entire place into a grand tourist attraction. Unbelievable potential!
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Surinder Gill
May 07, 2019 10:51pm
A beautiful narrative and pictures. I was feeling as I am travelling with them. Thank you very much.
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Abid
May 07, 2019 11:28pm
It is so beautifully narrated that one feels part of this adventurous journey.
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HashBrown®
May 07, 2019 11:32pm
These photos are utterly breathtaking. I've had the good fortune to see some of this world, and there are very few places that contain this kind of natural beauty. Equally amusing to see some "friends" from across the border referring to these images as photoshopped - it's actually very satisfying to see them crave the kind of scenery we take for granted in Pakistan.
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Dawood
May 08, 2019 12:44am
Simply Amazing! Thanks alot.
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Farhan
May 08, 2019 01:05am
Both beautiful places and pictures.
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Desi
May 08, 2019 01:09am
Very good photu sir ji. I like vEry much. Thanks for sharing i want to see someday desi
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RIZ
May 08, 2019 01:15am
PM Khan has not only talked about promoting tourism but his govt. has already taking steps towards promoting it. These pics surely will help. Not a bad idea if some tourism details can be added to the articles like this.
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Haji Vali
May 08, 2019 01:51am
Loved your pictures. Pakistan is a beautiful country.
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chacha
May 08, 2019 02:21am
If only one can guarantee safety of the people traveling on these highways, there would be tons of people to explore these sights. Unfortunately, you read all the time gangs either kidnapped or just plain killed people traveling to Gawadar.
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chacha
May 08, 2019 02:22am
@faisal, Credit would only be due if he would also make the country safe, not just Lahore
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Anonymouseeeee
May 08, 2019 02:59am
These pictures have left me absolutely speechless. I could never have imagined Pakistan to be so beautiful.
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Hammad Mian
May 08, 2019 03:13am
Although my country is so beautiful with natural pristine landscape but these photos are too much Photoshoped.
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Sumara
May 08, 2019 03:55am
Your work always make me speechless with beauty. And the write up get me another world. This time same. Great work. Beautiful Pakistan
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Waheed Khan
May 08, 2019 04:10am
@faisal, credit to Musharraf
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Mirza Beg
May 08, 2019 04:18am
@faisal, from commencement to completion N10 was done during Musharraf’s time. Makran Coastal highway was built by FWO between 2002 and 2004.
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Rehan Zia
May 08, 2019 04:22am
Great shots! I have been meaning to go there for some years now but haven't had the courage given the security situation.
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Naureen Zaidi
May 08, 2019 04:24am
Absolutely breathtaking pictures!
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Mirza
May 08, 2019 05:15am
Awesome pictures of my beloved country! Thanks for capturing the awe-inspiring sights !!
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Nick NY
May 08, 2019 05:21am
Splendid!
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ARSHAD JAMIL
May 08, 2019 06:01am
This is the first time, that I came across an article by Mr. Bukhari, and an article! I was floored after reading it. Very riveting, very fascinating, and superbly written. My hats off to him.
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ns
May 08, 2019 08:02am
Thank you with all my heart for the beautiful photos and the writing.
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Farouq Omaro
May 08, 2019 08:24am
Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.
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Super Zak
May 08, 2019 08:25am
Great camera work.
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american guy
May 08, 2019 09:00am
amazing pictures............
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Sa
May 08, 2019 09:12am
Wow! Stunning views captured so artistically and the words were just enchanting. Not many writers can do justice to their pictures but this one absolutely did.
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KM Ali
May 08, 2019 09:24am
Exceptional pictures and write up. Kudos to Bukhari
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Rajesh
May 08, 2019 09:54am
Amazing frames - with depth. How do you figure out the vintage points when traveling & taking shots?
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Haris
May 08, 2019 10:09am
Mesmerizing photos
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raheela
May 08, 2019 10:16am
hearth throbbing images. classy description.
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Baburao Tapkir
May 08, 2019 10:34am
Beautiful landscape, and even more beautiful pictures. Hope we have peace amongst our countries, and we are able to travel this route sometime!
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rajiv pachat
May 08, 2019 11:19am
The article is well written and so are the photographs - wish peace prevails somewhere in time where citizens of both countries who care less about politics have a chance to visit these wonderful natural creations...with love from India
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Imran
May 08, 2019 11:26am
An outstanding informative article
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Mahmood
May 08, 2019 11:37am
What an amazing journey this must have been. Scenic, beautiful, tranquil, amazing and awe-inspiring landscape! Compared to chaotic Karachi, the space leading up to Gawadar seems so peaceful and unspoiled by man!
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Owais Khan
May 08, 2019 11:48am
Amazing work ,I never imagined in my dreams that hawksbay is so beautiful and the beaches really good work must visit for all karachites
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Muhammad Arshad
May 08, 2019 11:57am
Nice Pictures, Amazing
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Bilal Haque
May 08, 2019 12:00pm
congrats on some excellent photography!
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pakistani1414918
May 08, 2019 12:03pm
It's not going to look like that in the future if we keep up this industrial growth. We need to work on reducing our population and focus on preserving our environment. The Baloch coast is amongst the last undisturbed places of Pakistan. Why ruin it with more industrialization and overpopulation? Why are people so in love with Gwadar and the Baloch coast? Maybe because they have such few people and more natural beauty. Think before it's too late.
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Saadat Ali
May 08, 2019 12:05pm
To be honest, Costal Highway asa be nai hai.
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Gordan F. Walker, Norway
May 08, 2019 12:33pm
Absolutely unacceptable use of color filters, color enhancement and contrast and delayed exposure in the photos. Would have appreciated natural photos. nice work but please take the suggestion in the right spirit.
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Chingez Khan
May 08, 2019 12:53pm
Amazing Karachi and Baluchistan. Thanks
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Ahmed Abdullah
May 08, 2019 01:03pm
Brilliantttt!!!
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Umair Ahmed
May 08, 2019 01:06pm
Great.... :)
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Dr Mohsin Kazmi
May 08, 2019 01:39pm
Salute to Dawn & Bukhari
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Haider
May 08, 2019 02:09pm
What a beauty. Pakistan is blessed with all kind of weathers and topography. A country that should be on the tourism map long ago but lack of policies and vision did not make this area develop that much.
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Jawaid Islam
May 08, 2019 02:40pm
Endearing, the writing and mesmerizing all the photographs, Excellent Mehdi.
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Khurram
May 08, 2019 02:57pm
@Navalcolonyusa, try visiting
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Danish Sami
May 08, 2019 02:58pm
stunning landscapes, saved in camera, great work
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dilip agrawal
May 08, 2019 04:16pm
I love the land.of pakistan.it my ancestors land.here vedas are come on ground.
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deendayallulla
May 08, 2019 04:41pm
Amazing pictures. Truly magical coastline.
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AM
May 08, 2019 06:08pm
Open the gates for India. Let us get a chance to witness those beauties.
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Saleem Asar
May 08, 2019 06:40pm
@Shehryar, excellent, I appreciate your asking such realistic questions. I second you.
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Babur
May 08, 2019 06:42pm
Mashallah!
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Saleem Asar
May 08, 2019 06:42pm
I appreciate your asking such realistic questions and I second them, the Author and the companions need to reply and satisfy a regular, normal tourist.
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ahmed@ahmed.com
May 08, 2019 06:43pm
@Syed Mehdi Bukhari , That's what Adeel is trying to imply here. Can you upload pictures (maybe on your FB page) without the exaggerated colors / contrasts?
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ahmed@ahmed.com
May 08, 2019 06:46pm
@faisal, What infrastructure are you referring to? The mountains, sky or the beach? Because I don't see anything else!
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A
May 08, 2019 06:53pm
Dawn is best is photo journalism. Why no pics of ships at cpec s Gwadar?
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Indian Patriot
May 08, 2019 08:14pm
The writer photographer is an expert. Pictures are vivid, color is amazing terrain is beautiful.
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Naeem Ur Rehman
May 08, 2019 08:41pm
Very strong captures and excellent writeup.
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santanu
May 08, 2019 09:22pm
Amazingly beautiful!!!!
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Arif
May 08, 2019 09:49pm
Nice pictures. Wish to go someday.
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riaz alvi
May 08, 2019 10:40pm
every thing is beutiful in pakistan we lack planning .
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Meraj
May 08, 2019 11:41pm
Speechless, Inshallah I will visit my beloved country soon. May Allah protect my Beautiful country.
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Imran
May 08, 2019 11:57pm
Mesmerising I have been to these places, extremely safe. Dont bother with news papers and channels. People are very friendly and places are heaven on earth. Dont miss this life chance to absorb the beauty
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Saira Farooq
May 09, 2019 12:10am
Please make these photos into book- These are so beautiful ....I hope someone in the future gives me SARKARI tour of these places...like my father would have done if alive. I have never been to that part of Pakistan- I never knew it existed. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
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Naim
May 09, 2019 12:23am
@faisal, Thanks to the great tenure of General Musharraf the Coastal Highway was built,as some people are unaware of his achievements,past governments as well as the present PTI dont mention that progress period.
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Jatt...
May 09, 2019 12:58am
@Syed Mehdi Bukhari , your pics are long exposure ones.. please take some in bright day light with an instantaneous capture, capturing the moment instead of these long exposure ones.. I really do love your photos and have been following you for many years, but these long exposure pics of water dont look so good..
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Shahid
May 09, 2019 01:27am
As I saw the pictures, wished along that the article never finishes and there are many many more pictures to come. Tanks
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S
May 09, 2019 02:00am
Stunning, absolutely amazing
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Faiza
May 09, 2019 02:13am
Breath taking photographs! Thank you for this picturesque travelogue!
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Saira
May 09, 2019 04:02am
This is beauty above words! Mashahllah.
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Faz
May 09, 2019 05:12am
Wow! The pictures were amazing! Paired with how amazing this piece has been written made me feel like I was almost there!
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Sarfaraz
May 09, 2019 05:52am
Beauty of coastal areas of Sindh & Balochistan.
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Fastrack
May 09, 2019 05:55am
Oh my great Lord. Seems I haven't seen half of the unparalleled beauty of my motherland.
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Fastrack
May 09, 2019 05:56am
What a gem. What a beautiful gem indeed. Dawn at its bestest!
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Prakash
May 09, 2019 06:41am
Wow. Breathtaking views and pictures.
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Aarzu
May 09, 2019 09:30am
I love every single, one, photographer truly gifted and lucky to have seen so much. Thank you
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Imrish
May 09, 2019 01:10pm
Amazing pics!!!
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pAUL
May 09, 2019 01:15pm
Being an Indian I will never ever be able to see these and visit these places in real ! not in my lifetime I suppose..sadly so..though I have been to Pakistan twice previously !!
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Jeetesh Dash
May 09, 2019 01:26pm
Pakistan is B E A U T I F U L . Hope it rises to glory fast without having to depend on FOREIGNERS !
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tauqir
May 09, 2019 02:23pm
The beauty of Pakistan cannot b expressed in words, our country is vvv beautiful n we r blessed to hv it ;its beauty cannot b described in words, we run short of words to describe it fully.
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tauqir
May 09, 2019 02:24pm
The beauty of pakistan cannot b described in words; we are blessed to hv a country like this.
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majid
May 09, 2019 02:33pm
Reading and seeing those amazing pictures, it was like the readers were on a journey too. Pakistan is truly a heaven on earth. Thanks for the article.
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Salman
May 09, 2019 03:18pm
stunning and surreal pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us
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Saad
May 09, 2019 04:37pm
Stunning beauty of nature, couldn't believe it. Rushing to plan a trip.
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Sarai Alamgir
May 09, 2019 04:37pm
Superb pictures
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Shah
May 09, 2019 06:29pm
why are most beach pictures taken at sunset /
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Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali
May 09, 2019 06:58pm
Can someone start a guided tour of these place with a safe overnight stay.
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Suhel Choudhury
May 09, 2019 07:07pm
A very fascinating story indeed. A lot of travelers would be interested to take this trip I suppose.
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mf karim
May 09, 2019 07:08pm
Beautiful scenery!
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Sami
May 09, 2019 07:18pm
Mehdi l, yaar, I am so jealous of your photography skills!
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Simon
May 09, 2019 07:20pm
We never knew even the coastal areas of Pakistan are that beautiful and comfy. We always knew Pakistan has potential.
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Arshad
May 09, 2019 08:06pm
Greatt..mashallah. Great work and MAKRAN COASTAL HIGHWAY a the best way to trave...our govt need to improve the tourism .
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shirish kokatay
May 09, 2019 09:24pm
Great pictures - stunning and rugged beauty captured deftly.....good job....
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Mujahid Khan
May 09, 2019 09:52pm
I don't comment here very often but let me say this, "You've captured marvelously the beauty of Pakistan's coastline. Kudos". The pictures speak for themselves. Makes me want to go over there and witness this amazing landscape.
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SEEMA YAZDANI
May 09, 2019 09:57pm
Thank you for providing such a beautiful pictures of beautiful places in Pakistan.
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Amjad Parvez Qureshi
May 09, 2019 10:28pm
Beautifully written and described as i myself was on the trip with the writer.
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Mani
May 10, 2019 02:23am
Too much text. Only interested in pictures. A line or two discoursing the pic is more than enough.
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Syed Fazl Rab
May 10, 2019 03:03am
Gwadar was not a part of Pakistan in 1947. Some far sighted politicians of those days made it so when PNS BABUR under command of, now forgotten, Late Commodore Mohammad Asif Alvi of Pakistan Navy planted the flag of Pakistan over there. Long live the Pakistan Navy and all those who sailed the seas of Pakistan. Even the author, Mr Bukhari overlooked this part of the story.
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Syed Fazl Rab
May 10, 2019 04:22am
@faisal, Nawaz Sharif never did a thing in that part of the country. There was no kickback
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Farooq Faisal
May 10, 2019 07:35am
@Magister, Say again.
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Farooq Faisal
May 10, 2019 07:40am
@N_Saq, There never was, never will, be a potential for tourism in Pakistan. What you have is an picture which always look better than reality. Besides, except for an odd adventurist tourist from the west, no one ever wants to visit Pakistan. Except it...and move on. I know you didn't want to hear this...but, again, truth always is tough to swallow.
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Jawad Haider
May 10, 2019 08:12am
@faisal, to put the facts straight, Coastal Highway was built by Musharraf , Gwadar Port was built by Musharraf and most of the infrastructure was built during his tenure.
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Imtiaz Ali Khan
May 10, 2019 08:16am
Long live Pakistan!!! We will go to all lengths to protect land of the pure from all enemies both inside or outside. IndoPak Blood Brothers 4 Life! Pakistan Zindabad!
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Muhammad Mohsin Javaid
May 10, 2019 09:05am
From a traveller to traveller, this blog has taken my wander thirst to a whole new dimension. Looking forward to more from your pen & camera.
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Deepak
May 10, 2019 09:22am
Nice Adobe lightroom effects.
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Sajjad
May 10, 2019 09:59am
Simply superb ...
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Third Party
May 10, 2019 11:02am
Absolutely beautiful. Stunning photographs. It has been my own dream to travel the coastal highway from Karachi to Gwadar. Many people have raised the issue here that the photos are either very edited or photoshopped. I think people should look beyond this. Bad photos, no matter how much you edit them, give you only bad results.
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Ayesha
May 10, 2019 11:02am
An amazing, poetic yet mesmerising justice to the original article.. Simply Magical!
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arshad javed sandal
May 10, 2019 11:40am
Congratulations for introducing Coastal Highway and Sea Beach from Karachi to Gwadar. It seemed like one is travelling along with writer and enjoying the entire scenes and whole scenario. Travelling from Thailand - Malaysia and Singapore By Road and By Train is marvelous. In Spain from Valencia to Barcelona By Train. Munich to Hamburg in Germany By Train, All are remarkable.
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Kris
May 10, 2019 11:45am
Those are some stunning pictures. Put up some hotels and bars on that route, organize some tourist buses, create some tourist vista points, and charge them $1000 per person. While you are at it, spruce up the Pakistan Tourism website too, it looks ugly right now. How difficult can it be?
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Bilal Baig
May 10, 2019 02:12pm
It really is mesmerizing... I love my Pakistan.
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Dilshad Hasan Qazi
May 10, 2019 03:23pm
stunning and majestic photography even no words to praise this beautiful artistic clicks. really awesome work. though I have also traveled from Karachi to Gwadar to explore the beauty of beaches and the coastal highway, but this capture is a last level.
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ALI TUNIO
May 10, 2019 07:23pm
Waoo
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sabahnoor0021
May 10, 2019 07:57pm
Amazing pic
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STFUZak
May 10, 2019 08:13pm
@Indian, India has much longer coastline. Please see that first and venture out later!
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Jeet
May 10, 2019 10:37pm
Mind blowning, a true labour of love, brings out the beauty in this region of Pakistan.
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Isra
May 11, 2019 12:25am
Good read and the stunning pictures. World class tourist resorts are necessary to cash the potential for an international or even domestic tourism.
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Ankit, Bangalore
May 11, 2019 12:35am
Wow.. truly spectacular! One day when things normalize, I hope to see the sights for real.
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zafar
May 11, 2019 01:16am
Excellent article and beautiful pictures!!
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Suhail
May 11, 2019 02:20am
Beautiful photography and a superb travel report! Please write more pieces like this one.
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Truth Believer
May 11, 2019 05:38am
Simply wow and breath taking! pics are stunning that we can keep as screen savers. Like just I visited Pakistan coast line myself.
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Adesh Patil
May 11, 2019 08:16am
Awesome !!!! I'm from mumbai ,my father travel Gwader to Karachi by road in 1991 .he always told us about him journey.
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Musti Sheikh
May 11, 2019 08:26am
Thanks for your excellent photography. Please keep up the good work.
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Dabeer Ali
May 11, 2019 10:56am
such a beautiful places, I am also lover of exploring new areas, I have traveled across the Pakistan except Blochistan, In'sha'Allah will be there soon. By the way you wrote remarkable article. well done and keep it up
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anand
May 11, 2019 10:58am
Mind blowing !!!
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Khawar
May 11, 2019 11:15am
out standing !!!
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MN
May 11, 2019 12:26pm
Beautiful and soulful. Wish we would get a chance to visit these places in this lifetime.
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Hamza Iqbal
May 11, 2019 01:03pm
This is a bit unreal...
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kamran
May 11, 2019 01:04pm
wow amazing
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Khan
May 11, 2019 01:24pm
Serene landscapes! mesmerised by the beauty of our coastline.Pictures looks like from a fairy tale. Hats off to the translator who did a commendable job in translating it from sheer Urdu to English, choosing the correct words and phrases to match with the author's perspective is the trickiest part, but Sameeha and Mahnoor overcame that part smoothly.
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Raza Khan
May 11, 2019 04:09pm
@faisal, You can't justify here giving credit to Nawaz Sharif. They completely ignored Karachi and Sind and just focus on Lahore. Karachi's already solid infrastructure was developed mostly in 60s under President Ayub's era. To the writer, Amazing peace of work and stunning pictures. Thanks Dawn for bringing to us beautiful images of Pakistan
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Salman
May 11, 2019 04:43pm
@Mukesh, Sir I have been to Makran coastal highway road-trip and its surreal beauty will mesmerize you.
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Pratyush Parmar
May 11, 2019 05:28pm
So soothing. Barren yet beautiful.
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Rahul
May 11, 2019 06:32pm
Beautiful pictures. Hope I can visit some day!!
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Kamil M. Sanaulla
May 11, 2019 08:47pm
Stunningly beautiful. Scenes like these should attract tons of tourist from around the world. Pakistan should promote tourism, can be a source of good income for the country tourism.
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Mashuq hussain
Nov 25, 2019 03:58pm
mesmerizing, superb
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