The Khyber Pass

The Khyber Pass is located in the Hindu Kush Mountains, near the Eastern border of Afghanistan. It spans 53 kilometers, or 33 miles, and is currently controlled by Pakistan.

Not only was the Khyber Pass the main pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but it was also the best land route between India and Pakistan. It had much military importance in ancient times, aiding many leaders and conquerors on their quests.

The Khyber Pass today is used mainly for transportation. There are two highways- one for motor vehicles, the other for traditional caravans- as well as a railway winding through the pass. It was used to deliver arms to Afghanistan and to transport refugees from the Afghan civil war into Pakistan.

The Khyber Pass is located near the Eastern border of Afghanistan and goes into part of the northeastern border of Pakistan in the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. It spans 53 kilometers, or 33 miles. It is one of the most important passes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the best land route between India and Pakistan. It is currently controlled by Pakistan, but it has been a place of much military importance and a major trade route for centuries.

Today, it affects people’s lives in that two highways are built there (one for motor traffic, the other for caravans) as well as a railway. It has been used to deliver arms to Afghanistan, but also to transport refugees from the Afghan civil war into Pakistan.

Sources:

“Khyber Pass.” , Khyber Pass, Khyber Pass. SAARC Tourism. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. http://afghanistan.saarctourism.org/khyber-pass.html.

“Khyber Pass.” Afghan Network INteractive. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. http://www.afghan-network.net/Culture/khyber.html.

“Khyber Pass Wallpapers.” Pakistani-tourism2.blogspot.com. Blogspot, 27 July 2011. Web. http://pakistani-tourism2.blogspot.com/2011/07/khyber-pass-pakistan-wallpapers_62.html.

“Khyber Pass.” Alan Bowker. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. http://www.bowkera.com/khyber_pass.htm.

“Pakistan.” MAP . Map Pakistan. Many Maps of . Web. 29 Mar. 2012. <http://athaia.org/pakistan-map.html&gt;.

 

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