There was time once I reached Islamabad to visit a couple more of Pakistan’s cities – Lahore near the Indian border, and Peshawar near the Afghan border. They are worlds apart. I really enjoyed Lahore and went to watch the evening flag-lowering ceremony at the border gate. Peshawar however, is very conservative and I didn’t feel so comfortable walking the streets alone. But it did give me the chance to take a trip up to the Khyber Pass and also to Darra, where the manufacture of replica guns is the main industry. In side street workshops, men work on the floor making parts of guns that are then assembled. Every few minutes you would hear guns being fired somewhere in town.

Sufi drumming - Two brothers, the guy in red is deaf.
Sufi drumming - Two brothers, the guy in red is deaf.
Horse and cart in Lahore
Horse and cart in Lahore
Lahore mosque
Lahore mosque
Lowering of the flag ceremony at Wagah, India-Pakistan border
Lowering of the flag ceremony at Wagah, India-Pakistan border
Tea-house in Peshawar
Tea-house in Peshawar
Peshawar streets
Peshawar streets
I love the colours!
I love the colours!
Regimental plaques of the armies that fought under the British Empire, nr Khyber Pass
Regimental plaques of the armies that fought under the British Empire, nr Khyber Pass
Carry on up the Khyber - with an AK
Carry on up the Khyber - with an AK
Workshop in Darra
Workshop in Darra
Guns made to order, Darra
Guns made to order, Darra
Everything's for sale in the border area - I wonder what this is!
Everything's for sale in the border area - I wonder what this is!
The beautiful painted trucks of Pakistan - Love them
The beautiful painted trucks of Pakistan - Love them