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Sunday, July 14 2013

For centuries the village was famous for the production of Bara rice. The rice was so popular that when the Barakzai Sardars of Afghanistan were driven from Peshawar by the Sikh Khalisa Army in 1834, . . . Read More

Sunday, July 24 2011

For many centuries caravans have braved these tortuous mountains treading precariously along paths providing short cuts between the great caravan towns of Central Asia and the rich markets of the sub-continent. . . . Read More

Friday, July 15 2011

Historical infrastructure and relics are symbolic to a locality that not only reflect the chronological traces but also become elements of recognition for an area when preserved through time. The gradual deterioration of the Shahpur graveyard in district Kohat is causing a cheap loss of its grandeur left at the mercy of time. . . . Read More

Sunday, July 3 2011

They say its mad to hike to Ansoo lake one time let alone revisiting for the 2nd time. I don't know what got into me about hiking to Ansoo lake when a friend asked if I am game for a visit to Naran this weekend. . . . Read More

Thursday, May 26 2011

This mountain, which, with its sister peak of Qaisaghar, form the highest points of the Suleiman range of the north-west frontier of India, is situated in the territory of the Sherani's, who, until brought under British control in the winter of 1890, were an independent and extremely troublesome border tribe. . . . Read More

Tirah, T H Holdich
Friday, December 18 2009

The name Tirah is an elastic geographical expression applied to those highlands divided between the Afridi and Orakzai tribes, which lie between the Khyber and the Kurram. Tirah lies about midway between the two valleys but it dominates neither for the eastern extremity of the great Sufed Koh range and the upper reaches of the Bara valley shut it off from the Khyber whilst the Samana range hedges it in on the south. . . . Read More

Tuesday, June 9 2009

According to Tribal Laws and Tradition, the plantation of Wild Hemp or Cannabis (known as Bhang) & Opium (known as Afeem) is considered perfectly legal. However, the Taleban Government in Afghanistan had its effects felt in Tirah because under their influence, the local Ulema also banned its plantation in certain areas. . . . Read More

Monday, February 16 2009

Located in between Kohat and Peshawar, Darra is famous for manufacturing and sale of local made weapons. The skilled craftsmen of Darra are able to manufacture exact replicas of any kind of gun in the world. 70% of the craftsmen are not locals. Drugs and fake documents are also available here. . . . Read More

Monday, February 9 2009

History remembers Tirah as the place where conspiracies were hatched against the Mughals, Sikhs and the British and also for some of the famous kidnappings. One of the most famous of which is the 1923 kidnapping of Major Ellis's daughter Molly Ellis from Kohat Cantonment by Ajab Khan Afridi. Tirah is inhabited by both Afridi and Orakzai tribes. . . . Read More

Tuesday, September 30 2008

Kaghan valley is one of the prime tourist attractions of Pakistan. Stretched over 160 km, it is abound with snow-clad mountains, flowery meadows, enchanting lakes, and dense forests. With so much to offer, it provides an exhilarating experience; seeked after by thousands of tourists who flock the valley each year. . . . Read More