National Geographic : 1981 May
A warrior mentality stalks the highlands, where "just about everybody carries a gun," says author William S. Ellis. In Landi Kotal, bodyguards attend Pir Yaqub Shah (above), an administratorwho helps settle disputes of Khyber Pass tribesmen. A storefront armory in Bara (above right) sells bullets, shotgun shells, and "foun tainpen" guns that can fire a single slug. While a sole nuclearpower plant (below) provides electricityfor Karachi, the country's arms policy remains an international question mark. Is Pakistanbuilding a nuclearbomb?