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February 5, 2003

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Because it's Kashmir day, commemorating Pakistan's unsuccessful struggle to acquire the Kashmir province from India (Pakistan has fought 3 wars with India over this disputed territory), tension grips Lahore. Gangs of heavily armed police stand on the street corners. We walk into a main square and run into a demonstration led by impassioned men. We hear someone shouting into a microphone, "Jihad - blah, blah, blah - Ameriki! - blah, blah, blah - Kashmiri, Iraqi - blah blah" and we turn and leave.
Riot squad or the Yankees are having tryouts for a new catcher.
As mosque connoisseurs, we can't pass up a chance to see the world's largest courtyard for a mosque; it's here in Lahore. They don't allow skateboarders.
Lahore fort, another Babur creation, offers dominating city views (as any city fort should).