Lakes of Band-e Ami
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Afghanistan’s first national park aims to attract tourists

24 October 2012 Last updated at 02:14 BST

Afghanistan has opened its first ever national park and is preparing for the day when tourists might visit to marvel at its spectacular scenery, archaeological treasures and wildlife.

The high mountain lakes of Band-e Amir draw thousands of local visitors every year but there's been a sharp fall in numbers this year, as the threat along the road towards Bamiyan has risen.

Andrew North reports.