The year before 9/11 happened and changed everything for this part of the world.. at least the Pakistan side of the border running up along the Afghan border. The people were so lovely – warm and friendly; looking back it feels like such a tragedy how this area suffered afterwards.. not just with the consequences of military action, but also severe earthquakes. I still think about the people I met and wonder what happened to them.
I only had a little bit of film with me so just a few snaps. At the time Pakistan had very strict import regulations on film and camera gear, and x-rayed all hand-baggage on arrival into Islamabad.. I had to grab my bag off the belt and leg into to the chaotic crowd before I could be stopped for a search.
I would love to revisit northern Pakistan but can’t see it happening.