Picturing Pakistan’s Past: The Beatles, Booze And Bikinis

BY BEENISH AHMED

Pakistan today is a conservative, Islamic country, but it was a far different place in its younger days.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Pakistan’s elite, many of them educated in the West, could publicly indulge in more liberal acts, including drinking alcohol. Pakistan was also part of the “hippie trail,” from Turkey to India, which young Westerners traveled.

Once a major stop on the backpacking route, Western tourists don’t exist in the Peshawar that I have come to know through my visits to family in the northwest corner of Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan.

Read more » NPR
See more » http://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2012/08/20/159338659/picturing-pakistans-past-the-beatles-booze-and-bikinis

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