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Darra Adam Khail

 

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Introduction: Darra Adam Khail, located 35 kilometers south of Peshawar on the road to Kohat, a drive of about 40 minutes is a memorable town created some 150 years ago near the border with Afghanistan. Darra is the gun factory of the Tribal Areas. Darra's attraction lies in its frontier atmosphere. Under a deal struck with the British colonial rulers, local residents were allowed to manufacture weaponry at Darra in exchange for guarding the Khyber Pass railway. Subsequent Pakistani governments have had no jurisdiction in the area, so the trade in arms flourishes.

Attractions: A stroll down the town's only street is unforgettable: Shopkeepers shoot bursts of automatic fire into the air to check their products, while children scrape the ground to retrieve spent casings. Visit the backstreet forges to see gun-making skills being passed down from generation to generation. Locally made copies of every conceivable weapon are available, including assault rifles, sawed-off shotguns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and James Bond-style pistols disguised as fountain pens. We don't suggest buying - it's illegal to take any weapons back into other areas of Pakistan - but for a small fee you can fire an AK-47 into the surrounding mountains at the edge of town.

Accessibility: Darra is accessible both from Peshawar one hour drive, and Kohat via Indus Highway.

 

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Northwest in the N.W.F.P province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan in the Hindukush Range
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