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    • 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.