This might just be my browser being a bit stoopid, but theres a huge blank white patch between the intro paragraph and the contents box. I've tried playing around with moving the map to see if that was making this big space appear, but it doesnt seem to work! Ive noticed alot of the other pages don't have this, and was wondering if anyone could tell me how to get rid of it, if it is at all possible to... Thanks! Tim 20:11 6/3/06
I'm not seeing this in Firefox. Jonboy 15:17, 6 March 2006 (EST)
The following is old news... and was even wrong news.
The road is open again and tourists were never ever in danger !!
There are constant tensions between the Pamiri and the Tajik governement, which resulted in a one day shoot out. Aga Khan instructed not to use violence and everything stopped. Tourists were not let in the pamir region anymore, maybe to avoid the truth to get out (it was said the shooting was from the Afghan side which is simply a lie) and maybe to hurt the economy of Badachshan even more (tourism is increasingly important in the region).
WARNING: In July 2012, violence erupted in the autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan region. The violence erupted when the Tajik government sent troops into the region in search of a local opposition strongman and former warlord, Tolib Ayombekov, who is accused of murdering a top security official near Khorugh on July 23. He also runs a major drug smuggling operation. Official reports indicated 42 dead (there are unofficial reports of 200 or more dead) during gun battles near the city of Khorugh. This is the worst outbreak of violence the region has seen since the end of a civil war which kept it within Tajikistan. The Tajik government has shut down mobile phone, internet, & TV service to the region & has closed the roads leading out of Khorugh as well as the Khorugh airport. The border with Afghanistan is also closed to prevent supporters of Ayombekov from crossing the border. Travelers planning to visit the region in the coming months (after July 2012) should follow news of the security situation in the region closely and seek the advice of your embassy. BBC articleMore (Updated July 2012)
Move Pamir out of the OD section and into the regions section where it belongs. It should correspond to this.
Create a Ferghana Valley (Tajikistan) region (with the boundaries of wikipedia:Sughd). Yes, the whole region is called Sughd, while the Ferghana Valley is only a part, but the latter name is far more famous, and it takes up most of the Sughd region anyway.
I was a little pessimistic about the odds of someone else joining this discussion, so I've plunged forward, and it is done. --PeterTalk 19:13, 14 January 2010 (EST)
Sorry for jumping into the discussion a little late, but I propose just one simple change: the name of the "Pamir" region. In just about everything I've read, the region is referred to as the GBAO. The problem is that Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province is a bit long for a region name, but I'm not sure an acronym is appropriate either(perhaps use the full name for the region and acronym on the map and in the article). My thought along this line is that not only are tourists more likely to encounter GBAO in reference to the region (especially for GBAO travel permits), it also emphasises that this is an autonomous region...it is difficult to access, this is where the civil war was in full swing, its history is a bit different than the rest of the country (Badakhshan also signifies its relationship with the neighboring areas of Afghanistan), and—while still Tajiks—its people seem more closely related to the Afghans than the peoples of Dushanbe & the Ferghana Valley. Perhaps I'm over-thinking this a bit, but there should be some emphasis that this is a very different region than the rest of the country. What do you think? At the very least the name should be Pamirs...the mountains are the Pamirs and I think without the "s" it just looks bizarre. AHeneen 06:29, 22 June 2010 (EDT)
Putting emphasis on the sharp division between east and west in Tajikistan is a good bit for the region descriptions or intro, I'd say, but I'm fine with changing the name to Pamirs, and will dohave done so. ---PeterTalk 22:07, 22 June 2010 (EDT)