I returned from Lahore, Pakistan recently, where I delivered a keynote speech at the Softech event, and a 2 hour technical talk. I was taken out several times to view the sites, for which many thanks to the organisers and students.

We had some worries when the Chief Justice brought his protest against President Musharraf to Lahore. I had to move from my hotel near the city centre, so that I could be sure I would be able to move freely between the hotel and the university. And for a while we drove around with an armed personal bodyguard in tow. Luckily, there was none of the violence that took place in Karachi just afterwards. Otherwise, I found it a fascinating, if rather polluted, place.

There are 5 new sets of photos:

  • Lahore streets Photos of people about their business in the city.
  • Wazir Khan Mosque A beautiful, colourful mosque, made even more so by the warm late afternoon sun.
  • Lahore Fort Known locally referred to as Shahi Qila, there are indications that there has been a building here for at least a thousand years. The current construction is several hundred years old.
  • Badshahi Mosque Opposite the fort and built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, this is one of the city’s best known landmarks, and a major tourist attraction. It’s easy to see why. I really liked it.
  • Wagha Border Ceremony At Wagha we saw an extraordinary spectacle. Every morning and night there is a ceremony when the border between India and Pakistan is opened and closed. The soldiers make choreographed, aggressive movements and the crowds that gather to watch shout patriotic slogans towards the Indian side. It’s an extraordinary sight, but frankly rather unsettling. Even though most of the people present seemed to enjoy themselves, it can’t be a good way to improve international tolerance and cooperation. The photos tell the story.