Last night I had the opportunity of attending a wonderful outdoor musical performance . One of the sponsors  was the Khyber Phaktunkwa Tourist Office. The musicians performed on a variety of traditional instruments, including flute, squeeze box, tabla, and several, string instruments mostly Pashtun tunes, interspersed with poetry.  Several provincial ministers and dignitaries were present and the evening was lively and the buffet food superb.  Some of the guests spontaneously entered the floor to perform the traditional Attan dance (ladies never dance in public!)

I met a delightful and very handsome local physician with a beautifal Persian wife, also a doctor. He owns and operates a welfare  school for 400 students in his village in  the SWAT Valley,  a region best known in the world as th “Switzerland of the East” but unfortunately had been a target of  very bloody militancy for the past five years.   The Taliban recruited two students from this school because they needed “educated” ones to operate the rocket launchers.  These two students prevailed upon the commanders of the militants  not to harm the school where they studied and because of which they were able to receive training to operate sophisticated weapons against the Pakistan Army.  It is sad to know that over two hundred schools have been destroyed in the district. They even apologized to the Doctor for having taken two mattresses from the school … “because nights in the mountains are so cold…!”

 

 

One Response to News from Peshawar

  1. Steve says:

    interesting…. the two who were recruited by the Taliban have a lot of character. it’s touching how important they felt about their school. my god we are so out of touch in America including myself, i mean i know stuff like that goes on but am so wrapped up in my day ……..my god these people living with those kind of decisions to make), we are so lucky.
    You’re involved in doing tremendous work!
    God Bless you!
    steve

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