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Grand Trunk Road (Irna Qureshi)



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  • 3. Vehicles making their way through a narrow part of the Khyber Pass which marks the border with Afghanistan.
  • 4. Intricately decorated goods trucks parked beside a roadside café on the Grand Trunk Road.
  • 5. The Jama Mosque in Delhi, built by the Mughals.
  • 7. Padari Akbar, the Military Chaplin, outside his church which was once at the centre of an important British cantonment in Jhelum.
  • 8. Ambassador cars used to transport members of the Indian government outside the Secretariat buildings erected by the British.
  • 9. Mrs Paramjit Kaur and her son Sandeep Kang outside their home, the former British Officers’ Mess in the Jalandhar cantonement. The picture shows her husband’s grandfather with King Edward VIII.
  • 10. Walayat Khan who joined the British Army in Rawalpindi and went on to serve in the World War II.
  • 12. Boats, aeroplanes and other forms of travel are popular motifs for the truck painters of the GT Road.
  • 13. Boats, aeroplanes and other forms of travel are popular motifs for the truck painters of the GT Road.
  • 14. The mosque of old Dudial emerges as the waters of Mangla Dam recede in the dry season. Over 100,000 people lost their homes and land when the dam was built in the early 1960s.
  • 15. Men from Birmingham – where 90% of the Pakistani community are from Mirpur - visiting their former homes in the village of Kharak, one of hundreds of villages submerged by the Mangla Dam.
  • 16. A young man from Walsall arrives at the house of his Mirpuri bride, and is greeted by her family.
  • 17. Young Delhi socialites dancing under a huge water fountain at a Holi party. This important Hindu festival celebrates the coming of spring.
  • 18. The homes of NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) are obvious not only because of their size and opulence, but are also marked by water tanks designed as planes.
  • 19. Finishing carpets at Raj Overseas in Panipat who manufacture for many household names in the UK including Next and Laura Ashley.
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  • 21. Doorman at a themed restaurant in New Delhi.
  • 23. Photographing workers inside a carpet factory in Peshawar.
  • 24. One of the hundreds of cutlery workshops in Wazirabad or ‘mini Sheffield’. A large proportion of it is made for export, including much of the Asian catering industry in the UK.
  • 25. Truckers waiting to load up at Hero Cycles in Ludhiana, the world’s largest bicycle factory, producing over 18,000 on an average day. Many British firms have now moved their manufacturing to the site.
  • 26. Young men ‘playing Holi’ on the streets of Delhi.
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  • 28. Chatting with workers at the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi.
  • 29. Interviewing truckers at a roadside café in Rawalpindi.
  • 30. Male dominated bus station in Peshawar.
  • 31. Interviewing two elderly brothers in Panipat about their experiences of partition, surrounded by members of their family.
  • 32. Mansions built with remittances from Britain in Saleh Khana near Peshawar. The hills in the background are where the British Army established themselves, a strategic position now occupied by the radio masts of the Pakistani Army.
  • 33. Two men who now live in Bradford in the roti house on the main street of Wesa. This village is one of the main centres of migration from the Chach region near Attock.
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