William and Kate to visit Pakistan

By AAP Newswire

Prince William and his wife Kate will begin a royal tour of Pakistan this week amid political tensions and security concerns in the troubled region.

It will be the royal couple's first official visit to Pakistan and their "most complex" tour to date, according to Kensington Palace.

Their trip comes during heightened tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Authorities in Delhi and Islamabad both claim the Himalayan region in full, but each controls a section of the territory - recognised internationally as "Indian-administered Kashmir" and "Pakistan-administered Kashmir".

Skirmishes between the two sides at the de-facto border have increased this year, causing troop and civilian casualties.

The couple will arrive on Monday and stay until Friday but details of their engagements won't be released until the last moment due to "security considerations", their communications secretary said.

Their visit will span more than 1,000km - including the capital Islamabad, the city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the north and border regions to the west.