Day 17: The Shandur Pass
He thinks the only possible advantage for Chitral is that they have Afghan horses, tough and strong after apprenticeships carrying men and goods over the high border passes.
I ask what it will be like if they should lose tomorrow.
He laughs, a little desperately.
'We try to go back in the dark. We pack up, get ready and leave at night.'
'Do they forgive quickly in Chitral?'
Sikander Ul-Mulk pauses, then shakes his head philosophically.
'It takes about a month or two.'
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