Pathan (Pukhtun or Pashtun) tribesmen stroll down the street, their hands hidden inside their shawls and their faces partly covered by the loose ends of their turbans (they have now been forbidden to walk armed in town).With his piercing eyes and finely chiselled nose, the Pathan must be the handsomest man on earth.
Member Provincial Assembly Ziaullah Afridi on Friday submitted a reference against Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and other leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at the assembly’s secretariat. Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) advised US President Trump to withdraw from Afghanistan and said Pakistan could fight terrorists without the support of United States. Nobody believed a historical site of such significance could ever be demolished. " sighed one of the distraught staff members who had spent his lifetime in Dean's Hotel.The hotel, where renowned celebrities like Professor Arnold Toynbee, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Winston Churchill (as a young soldier journalist on his way to Malakand), Quaid-i-Azam, King Nadir Shah of Afghanistan (in 1929) and so many others stayed, was witness to a century of unfolding history.They couldn't believe that a monument like Dean's Hotel would disappear out of sight suddenly - along with many other colonial buildings, parks and trees dating back to 500 years or more.
All of a sudden Peshawar has become a smoke-filled, overcrowded, arid city, exhibiting hideous, tasteless, carbuncles of concrete and plaster, grossly disproportionate with the graceful pavilions, verandahs and elegant classical buildings that once dotted the Cantonment area.
Built in 1913 on 7.21 acres with sprawling lawns, it was a remnant of the colonial era.