Besham Qila Gilgit Hunza Valley Karimabad Khunjerab Pass Lahore Peshawar


Photos from 1996

the City the People


Muslim style architecture

Pesh‚war, city, northwestern Pakistan, capital of North-West Frontier Province, near the entrance to Khyber Pass. The city is a commercial center and the traditional terminus of caravans from Afghanistan. Industries include handicrafts and the manufacture of processed food, footwear, silk, and cotton textiles.


from the British colonial period

Pesh‚war University was established here in 1950. Also in the city is Pesh‚war Museum, which houses important collections of sculpture of the ancient Gandhara civilization.


city street in front of mosque


courtyard of the mosque
(where the worshipers bath before prayers)

An ancient trading center known as Purushapure, the city was a target for invaders of the Indian subcontinent because of its strategic location near the pass.


some walk, some ride the bus

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In the early 19th century Pesh‚war came under the control of the Sikhs, and in 1849 it was captured by the British. It has been the capital of the Pakistani North-West Frontier Province (except for 1955-70) since 1947. Population (1998) 988,055.


in front of the shops


in the cover shop area of Peshawar
man offering his wares


woman buying seeds and curry


the professionals


dates and nuts for sale


the green grocer


men checking the quality of seeds


food materials


more green goods


a distinguished gentleman

More Photos of the People


discussing politics at the tailor shop over tea

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