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The city of Peshawar was coined the Paris of the Pathans back in the thirties by journalist Lowell Thomas. It derives it's name from a Sanskrit word Pushpapura, meaning city of flowers. The Moghul Emperor, Babar, even mentioned the flowers of Peshawar in his memoirs. Alexander's legions and the southern wing of his great army marched through in 327 B.C., and held up for forty days at a fort at Pushkalavati (lotus city) seventeen miles northeast of Peshawar, near present day Charsadda. The great Babar marched through the historic Khyber Pass to conquer the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent in 1526, starting the Moghul Empire. The pass and valley have resounded to the sounds of marching feet as successive armies came down this crossroads of history, pathway of commerce, migration, and invasion . . Aryans, Scythians, Persians, Greeks, Bactrians, Kushans, Huns, Turks, Mongols, and Moghuls.

Peshawar is now, as always, very much a frontier town. The land of the Pathans, it is a completely male dominated society. North and south of Peshawar spreads the vast tribal area (FATA - Federally Administer Tribal Areas) where lives the largest tribal society in the world, the most well known, though much misrepresented. It has seen the passage of twenty-five centuries. It has been the journey's end, or at least a long halting place, for those traveling up north, or coming down from the Middle East or Central Asia. It is redolent with the smells of luscious fruits, roasted meats, and tobacco smoke, placid and relaxed, yet pulsating with the rhythms of craftsmen's hammers and horses' hooves, darkened with tall houses, narrow cobbled lanes, and intricately carved overhanging balconies.

Since the 80's it has become the Casablanca of Pakistan, with the recent Afghan wars across the border. It teemed with Mujahdeen and Afghan refugees, spies, journalists, and aid wallahs (workers) in the 80's and 90's. It still has it's fair share. Taliban and rabab players too.
There are cities more beautiful than Peshawar, but Peshawar is Peshawar (kena)!*******************************************************************************
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Some of the pictures in this gallery were taken by my mysterious brother Mirza. It is hard to remember exactly which ones as I was sitting next to him when many were taken.
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I have been asked what I was doing in Peshawar? Here are some of my 'doings' http://www.pbase.com/noorkhan/novel
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Face in Qissa Khani Bazaar
Face in Qissa Khani Bazaar
A Close Shave
A Close Shave
Peacock Feather
Peacock Feather
Quran seller
Quran seller
Painted Raida
Painted Raida
Restaurant
Restaurant
Corner Restaurant
Corner Restaurant
Cloth Merchant
Cloth Merchant
Ricksha back detail
Ricksha back detail
Riskhsha - Peshawar
Riskhsha - Peshawar
Riskhshah wallah - Peshawar
Riskhshah wallah - Peshawar
Sabzi
Sabzi
Compost
Compost
Sabzi Wallah
Sabzi Wallah
Balcony
Balcony
Fountain
Fountain
Doorway in Sethian Mohallah
Doorway in Sethian Mohallah
Windows
Windows
Sethi Mansion-window detail
Sethi Mansion-window detail
Sethi Mansion-interior
Sethi Mansion-interior
Sethi Mansion-inside wall
Sethi Mansion-inside wall
Tasbee seller
Tasbee seller
Tasbees and Caps
Tasbees and Caps
Tasbees, Caps, and a Toy Motorcycle
Tasbees, Caps, and a Toy Motorcycle
Sherbat Shop
Sherbat Shop
Shrine
Shrine
Old Friends
Old Friends
Old building
Old building
Old building
Old building
With Soofi
With Soofi
Soofi
Soofi
Soofi
Soofi
Soofi Smiles
Soofi Smiles
Vegetable seller
Vegetable seller
Lotus root seller
Lotus root seller
Jalalabad tailor
Jalalabad tailor
Turnips
Turnips
Three blanket salesmen
Three blanket salesmen
Tonga
Tonga
Truck in front of Uppal Market - Peshawar
Truck in front of Uppal Market - Peshawar
Truck and building - Peshawar
Truck and building - Peshawar
Truck karkhana - Peshawar
Truck karkhana - Peshawar
Truck makers on truck frame
Truck makers on truck frame
Truck store - Peshawar
Truck store - Peshawar
Truck stores
Truck stores
Truck stores - Peshawar
Truck stores - Peshawar
Truck stores - Peshawar
Truck stores - Peshawar
Bedford truck
Bedford truck
Grease gunner
Grease gunner
Loaded truck
Loaded truck
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