By Victoria Schofield
For hundreds of years, males have fought and died at the Afghan frontier -- American squaddies and the Taliban are in basic terms the newest. because the gateway to India and the crossroads of significant Asia, Afghanistan has tempted the greed and starvation for energy of numerous invaders, from the Greek armies of Alexander the nice to Brezhnev’s Soviet forces. shelter of spies and mountainous courtroom of intrigue, this frontier international is among the such a lot haunting and immense battlefields on the earth. This version of Afghan Frontier features a new afterword from the writer, finishing the gripping portrait of a quarter that's as treacherous because it is attractive.
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Before that, a ferry had given less safe but sufficient passage. This was the route leading straight on down to the town of Rawalpindi in the Punjab, which had been guarded so conscientiously by Khushhal and the Khataks. To the north of Peshawar lies the plain of Mardan: ‘A tract of country bounded on the north and west by the mountains of Buner and Swat, and on the east by the river Indus,’ said Gerald Curtis. ‘A century earlier, when the British took charge of it, it was a poverty-stricken and sparsely inhabited plain with no irrigation except near the Indus where valuable crops of tobacco were watered from wells.
In some respects Khushhal can be seen as the forerunner of those who fought future foreign domination, whether it was British or Russian. He bemoaned both the lack of discipline and the reluctance of the tribes to work together against a common foe. In the 1980s, when the Afghans went to war against the Russians, they sang his epic ballads. The Moguls 31 Although as chief of the Khataks, Khushhal admired the Mogul emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan, his admiration turned to hatred when Shah Jehan’s son, Aurangzeb took away the Khatak right to guard the imperial route.
At an altitude of over 8,000 feet it became a favoured holiday resort for the British. Abbottabad, the main town in Hazara, is named after James Abbott who was a popular nineteenth-century administrator; and Haripur takes its name from Ranjit Singh’s general, Hari Singh, from the time when the Sikhs ruled the Punjab. A legend surrounds the name of the lake of Saiful Maluk in the valley of Kagan at the northern tip of Hazara, near the town of Naran; a prince of Delhi heard that a fairy queen lived in the mountains near the great 26,660-foot mountain of Nanga Parbat (‘the Naked Mountain’) in Chilas State.
Afghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict by Victoria Schofield