For centuries, the blond-haired, blue-eyed people of the Kalash tribes of North West Pakistan have lived a libertine lifestyle.
Children of the Kalash tribe in Northern Pakistan
By Dean Nelson in New Delhi and Emal Khan in Peshawar/Telegraph UK
The group, believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great’s invading army, were shielded from conservative Islam by the steep slopes of their remote valleys.
While Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians were slowly driven out of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province by Muslim militants, the Kalash were free to drink their own distilled spirits and smoke cannabis.
But the militant maulanas of the Taliban have finally caught up with them and declared war on their culture and heritage by kidnapping their most devoted supporter.
Taliban commanders have taken Professor Athanasion Larounis, a Greek aid worker who has generated Â£2.5 million in donations to build schools, clinics, clean water projects and a museum.
They are now demanding Â£1.25 million and the release of three militant leaders in exchange for his safe return.
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