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    • Went to check out how country border looks like. From Islamabad, where i live it is a day trip and only 4 hours drive via Grand Trunk Road, i know adventurers envy traveling on GT road which actually starts from Chitagong Bangladesh and goes up to Kabul through India and Pakistam. Small border town called Torkham was used as gateway by many empires invading subcontinent such as Mughals and army of Alexander or explorers such as Ibn-e-Batuta. Before Torkham, i stopped at Peshawar and a railway bridge over Indus river separating Khyber and Punjab.

    • Next stop was Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwan province of Pakistan. Apart from many other things iconic photo Afghan Girl was shot in a refugee camp in Peshawar. Here is Peshawari boy.

    • House of Kapoors, not many people know iconic Bollywood actor, Mr Raj Kapoor was born in Peshawar. (grand parents of Shahrukh Khan were also residents of Peshawar)

      Part of building collapsed during restoration process, building is now in very fragile condition public is not allowed to enter the premises.

    • Door to Khyber, this is one of most iconic monuments in Pakistan. Decorated groom's car passing through, not sure how driver is maintaining the vision with windscreen covered :D

    • Finally Torkham border, Last village on Pakistani side and remains of ancient border marking between regions

    • Thank you, Awais. Fascinating! This is what we built Cake for, to be able to tell stories with photos.

      Sometimes we in the West hear stories of lawlessness on the Afghan/Pakistan border. As a Pakistani native, did you feel safe? What about a Westerner like me riding through there on motorcycle? I’d love to.

    • Being from the West, places like this are the most elusive and frightening in my mind. Seeing the beauty and culture of the area is remarkable. Thanks for sharing. Your photojournalism is truly incredible.

    • Thank you Awais for sharing these beautiful photos.

      As an Indian who lives across the border, I am constantly subjected to a lot of vitriol about Pakistan thanks to the news and social media. Our political parties are also fanning nationalistic tendencies such that I can't have a rational non-spiteful conversation with my friends from college who I have know for almost 10 years now.

      We often forget that there are real people who live across the border. Pictures like these help put a face to the people who are perceived as the enemy and hopefully make people realize that not everyone deserves hate.

      I am not much of a traveler although I love coming across pictures like these. I hope I get an opportunity to visit Pakistan a few years down the line, when hopefully saner heads prevail and the political atmosphere is safer.

      P. S--I apologize for bringing politics into this post, but I was really moved by the photography and wanted to let Awais know that his art has the power to affect people, and so he must keep posting and spreading such positivity.

    • Hi Chris, those stories are not entirely wrong. I grew up hearing how notorious this region could be, actually they had their own laws and jirgas (local court consisting elders of neighborhood) no police but decision of Jirga would be agreed by everyone and implemented voluntarily. Despite gun culture and apparent lawlessness things were stable until terrorism menace grew and exploited weak law and order structure and gun culture.

      Today things are much better, however caution is needed. I guess foreigners would need an NOC from government and crossing the region in day time would be okay as i saw whole lot of army establishment through out. Not sure about Afghanistan, but you can have some exciting time traveling from Kabul till Dehli via GT Road. Strikingviking from advrider did it when situation was way hot.

    • Indeed frighting as hell even locals won't travel there but thankfully much better now. No one in my family or friends ever visited this region despite very close.

    • Ravi, thats true i don't know how people fall for political trap to hate each others. Don't know why hate is easy to sell while love is kept out of reach. Sometime me and my colleagues discuss how good it would be to just board a bus and reach Dehli to watch a latest blockbuster - something my elders have enjoyed in 70's and 80's ! just imagine tourism potential between two countries. On this trip, I met a guy who recalled how he used to catch bus from Peshawar to India to see movies :)

      Since 2004 when i first started posting pictures online, i get lots of request from people who couldn't visit Pakistan, but wanted to have glimpse of their ancestral neighborhood. lets hope, pray and strive for good times free of hate.