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It takes a fine line between alarmism and complacency to judge Pakistani border tensions

By Anatol Lieven   November 2001

On one side of the dusty road leading out of Peshawar were the beards, and on the other side were the moustaches. For a former student of the later years of the British Raj, the scene had a timeless quality. There were the crowds of religious fanatics, vowing mayhem and looking much as they always have: beards, traditional clothing and all. And there were the sepoys, looking much as they did in the last three decades of the Raj-for the field dress of the Pakistani army remains essentially that of the British Indian army: khaki drills, tin hats with webbing,…

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