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Wil­liam and Kate to visit Pak­istan on Brexit drive

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY PA­TRICK HILL

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TOUR THE Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge will make an of­fi­cial visit to Pak­istan.

Wil­liam and Kate will have high se­cu­rity for the week­long visit in the au­tumn and are not tak­ing their chil­dren.

The tour, be­ing made at the re­quest of the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice, is in­tended to boost links as we seek post-Brexit trade deals.

A source said: “The se­cu­rity will be ro­bust and Wil­liam and Kate’s teams will be tak­ing no chances.

“It will be a chal­lenge en­sur­ing they are safe, which would be more com­pli­cated by Ge­orge, Char­lotte and Louis be­ing there as well.”

Se­cu­rity forces in Pak­istan are on high alert fol­low­ing a string of ter­ror at­tacks.

THREAT

In May, mil­i­tants at­tacked the Pearl Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Gwadar – three days af­ter a bomb ex­ploded out­side the Data Dar­bar shrine in La­hore.

The For­eign Of­fice web­site tells tourists: “There’s a high threat of ter­ror­ism, kid­nap and sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence.”

The last royal visit to Pak­istan was car­ried out by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall in 2006.

Kens­ing­ton Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge will visit Pak­istan at the re­quest of the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice.”

The High Com­mis­sioner for Pak­istan, Mo­ham­mad Nafees Zakaria, said: “The Gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Pak­istan warmly wel­come the royal visit.”

It will also be a poignant trip for Wil­liam as he will meet PM Im­ran Khan – who acted as a go-be­tween for mum Princess Diana and her lover, Dr Has­nat Khan.

Wil­liam and Kate’s de­ci­sion not to take their kids comes af­ter the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex re­vealed baby Archie will go with them to South Africa this au­tumn.

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