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Himalaya

Day 3: South to Darra Adam Khel

Peshawar, Pakistan 
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Front Office, truck decoratorís, Peshawar.
Michael Palin - HimalayaIslam has been dominant in this part of the world since 711 AD, when Muhammad Bin Qasim of Damascus conquered the Indus valley, which had been Buddhist for hundreds of years. Islam was once at the forefront of cultural and political progress but now, it seems, up here on the North-West Frontier, it's being taken in the opposite direction.

Certainly the belligerence of the Iraq war and the incompetence of the peace has given the Islamists great new material as they pursue their goal of oppressive obedience.

The world is, fortunately, never clear and simple, and as we ride south to Darra Adam Khel, a town devoted almost entirely to the production of guns, I find myself confused by Zahoor's defence of such a place. Weapons, he says, have always been important to the proud, unconquered people who live on the North-West Frontier.

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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 3: South to Darra Adam Khel
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Peshawar
  • Book page no: 17

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