The fabled Khyber Pass, through which have traversed legions of the Persians, Greeks, Tartars, Mughals and the Afghans, yet last but not the least a controlling and organising army of "British India" awaits the visit of a ruling British monarch.
The fabled Khyber Pass, through which have traversed legions of the Persians, Greeks, Tartars, Mughals and the Afghans, yet last but not the least a controlling and organising army of "British India" awaits the visit of a ruling British monarch. The Khyber which witnessed the most historically written invasion of Alexander the Great awaits the visits of Queen Elizabeth IInd with her consort the Duke of Edinburgh. A land of rough and tough mountains, the Khyber Pass hills rise 3500 feet and fall almost steeply. The Khyber is not merely as a valley between the hills. These tough mountains are the home of equally tough tribes....those of Afridis, Shinwaris, Shilamanies and Mullagories. The most famous of these tribes of course is Afridis which has gone down in the history right from the early Greek invasion. Here on these hills the British army fought many a battle in an effort " to organise and demarcate the borders of the erstwhile Indo-Pak sub continent". Crests of many a battalions are engraved are written on the hills. On these hills an underground hospital had to built to look after the wounded. The large town of the hills is LANDI KOTAL. Here a few hundred do the business with a fee thousand who come from the surrounding hills and tribes. Most tribals carry guns with them and in the bazar are people resting on cots while "kababs" are being friend and "QUEHA" (green tea) being readied at the shack restaurant. Business is brisk and every one has smiles on the face. Sheep are the main animal reared on the hills by a people who more believe in the language of guns."
Torkham border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a study in contrast. The most outstanding of course is the fact that "traffic on the right "in Afghanistan and "traffic on the left" in Pakistan. The Queen and the Duke will of course see the two signs. They will also we the Afhgan soldier on the check post who more looks like a Chinese in his cap. Also is the contrast that from Torkham every day enter into the Indo-Pak sub continent scores of road travellers now girdling the earth. The day this film was shot, snow was capping the surrounding hills of Khyber, all in a way as to capt the visit of Queen Elizabeth to this historic Pass. The Queen is expected to receive a most warm welcome from the tribals who had been brought under control for a few occasions only in the history and British rule of the sub-continent was one such occasion.