Charles Makes Best of Pakistan Tour as Royal Schedule Blown to Pieces

November 6, 2006

Author: Angus Howarth

Source: The Scotsman

The Prince of Wales persevered with his troubled tour of Pakistan yesterday after security concerns blew a hole in the Royal couple's schedule.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had to change their itinerary after they were warned it was too dangerous for them to travel to the North-west Frontier province.

The alterations followed Monday's Pakistani military strike on an Islamic college, allegedly being used as an al-Qaeda terrorist training camp, which killed 80 people.

Royal aides and diplomatic staff frantically sought an alternative programme for the couple, which was finally put in place yesterday morning.

In the city of Peshawar - which Charles and Camilla had been due to visit - fears of unrest were realised. Around 500 members of a hardline Islamic group took to the streets to burn an effigy of US president George Bush and denounce Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf.

In the southern city of Multan, a member of Pakistan's largest Islamic political group claimed the military carried out the bombings to show Charles how tough it could be on terrorism.