Postcard: Pakistan

It's a wonderful destination, if you don't mind the rioting, looting and general mayhem. Our correspondent gives his tips to the ever hopeful Ministry of Tourism

Ed Kashi / Corbis

Diners enjoy a meal with Lahore's famed Badshahi Mosque in the background

The young man at the airport approached me with a nervous smile and a hint of hesitation. He was from the Ministry of Tourism, he explained. Would I be so kind as to fill out a survey on my stay in Pakistan? The previous week had been eventful, to say the least. I landed in Lahore on Thursday, Dec. 27. As I left the airport for my hotel, my cell phone pinged with an SMS from my wife: "Bhutto dead in Rawalpindi blast." The following few days were a bit of a blur, and then on New Year's Eve I fell...

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