Posted by : shabbirbhutta Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Arrested tree at Landi Kotal


In 1898, A British army officer James Squid in a state of drunkenness feel an old banyan tree lurch towards him. He ordered mess Havaldar to arrest the tree immediately. Presently, it is Khyber Rifles Officers Mess; at Landikotal in Khyber Agency (FATA), at historic Khyber Pass, Pakistan. To this day, it stands fettered and forlorn, with a board hanging on it that reads: “I am under arrest.”

The tree is still under arrest after all these years in remembrance of the British invasion of the sub continent.

Historic Khyber Pass, has witnessed the jostle of multiple empires as they fought for the remote, rich expanses of the Hindukush. Harsh socio-political imprints left behind by Alexander, Genghis Khan, and Amir Timur. All they came here from north side. Sikhs also came here and establish their state, they came from Lahore. After all British are dispersed throughout the craggy defiles and they came from south in this area.

Now, these tribal areas are trapped in the midst of another vortex, the ‘war on terror.’

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