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l trip to Pakistan 'most complex tour ever due to security issues'Kate and Williams trip to Pakistan later this month will be their most complex tour ever due to logistical and security considerations, according to Kensin

gton Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will fly out to the Middle East country on Monday October 14 before returning that Friday. The trip will include a visit to Islamabad, Lahore and the

countryside in the north with more than 1000km of travelling. In a statement released this afternoon Kensington Palace said: This is the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, giv

en the logistical and security considerations. The couple will visit Lahore and Islamabad (Image: Nils Jorgensen/REX) Kate receiving flowers on a visit to the Aga Khan Centre (Image: WireImage) Read MoreRelated ArticlesKate Middleton shares behind-the-scenes photo of her hard at work ahead of exciting trip Pakistan hosts one of Britain’s largest overseas networks, with

the British High Commission in Islamabad being one of the UK’s largest diplomatic missions in the world. Kate and William will meet young Pakistanis and also le

arn how communities in the country are rapidly responding and adapting to the effects of climate change. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, High C

ommissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, said the trip would “strengthen” historical links between England and Pakistan. In a statement, he said: “The Government

and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the R

oyal Visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year.” The couples trip will be their most complex ever (Image: AFP/Getty

Images) The Duke and Duchess fly out to Pakistan later this month (Image: UK Press via Getty Images) Read MoreRelated ArticlesKate Middleton shows rare public display of affection for William on royal visit He added the trip was “reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. “The two coun

tries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.” William and Kate’s visit comes at a time of heightened tensions in Pakistan, as India recently revoked the special status of Kashmir, a territory at the centre of ownership debates between the two countries. India’s governing party Bharatiya Janata

Party (BJP) revoked Article 370 - which had guaranteed Kashmir’s

autonomy for more than 70 years - throwing the hotly contested territory into turmoil. It will be a five-day tour for the

couple (Image: Getty Images) Read MoreTop news stories from Mirror OnlineSnow causes treacherous conditionsBritain to rescue trapped UK citizensMiracle tot saved despite heart stoppingKobe helicopter given special clearance Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Express said the FCO would closely monitor the situation. He said: “Clearly the situation arising from India’s recent revoking of the special status of the disputed region of Kashmir, which is administered by India, will be monitored closely by the Foreign and Commonw

ealth Office and its evaluation of how events proceed will obviously determine whether the visit goes ahead.”