For a geoscientist Pakistan is a wonderful country. With an active subduction zone on its southern margin along the Makran coast, Palaeocene ophiolites preserved along its western border, on-going continental collision between India and Asia in the northern part of the collision, with a fossil island arc sandwiched between the two continents, and the fastest uplifting piece of continental crust on Earth within the Nanga Parbat syntaxis, the country is an open air laboratory for testing plate tectonic theory. Surprisingly, remarkably little was known about the geology of Pakistan 30 years ago. Prior to partition of India, the geology of...

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