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Smuggler's Bazaar

A sabotaged railway track along the Khyber Pass, originally constructed by the British in the late 19th Century, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan on 25th Sep, 2007....The Khyber Pass is a mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan and has long been an important trade and strategic route bridging Central and Eastern Asia. To enter the tribal regions of the Khyber all foreigners are required an armed guard and necessary paperwork from the Khyber Rifles, based out of the town of Peshawar. The area has long been the domain of tribal leaders who often are in control of drug cartels and extensive counterfeit money operations. These photographs taken in 2007 document the Smuggler's Bazaar, on the outskirts of Peshawar. Here, anything within this lawless no-man's land is on display and available for purchase which makes it a haven for the many drug addicts that frequent the shop fronts.

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A sabotaged railway track along the Khyber Pass, originally constructed by the British in the late 19th Century, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan on 25th Sep, 2007....The Khyber Pass is a mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan and has long been an important trade and strategic route bridging Central and Eastern Asia. To enter the tribal regions of the Khyber all foreigners are required an armed guard and necessary paperwork from the Khyber Rifles, based out of the town of Peshawar. The area has long been the domain of tribal leaders who often are in control of drug cartels and extensive counterfeit money operations. These photographs taken in 2007 document the Smuggler's Bazaar, on the outskirts of Peshawar. Here, anything within this lawless no-man's land is on display and available for purchase which makes it a haven for the many drug addicts that frequent the shop fronts.