Rawalpindi (1987)

Updated: Mar 19

Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi, is a city and capital of Rawalpindi Division located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is the fourth-largest city proper in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is also the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area.

I arrived just after nightfall on 9 April 1987 and wandered around for an hour or so before I found somewhere to stay not far from the Kashmiri market.


In the morning, I set out to explore Rawalpindi.




A short distance from the hotel, I came across a crowd being held back by riot police. The crowd was very calm and they were almost silent. A large billboard with a picture of a bare chested man holding an AK47 dominated the scene.


A couple of workers were sweeping and washing the street in front of the market.


Puzzled, I asked one of the bystanders what was going on. He explained that there had been a terrorist attack the night before. Eight people had been killed and forty wounded. He blamed the Afghan Intelligence Service.


The bomb had gone off around the time I was checking into the hotel. Luckily, I had been very tired and had not chosen to explore the bazaars that night.


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