Pakistan invites tourists to Churchill's battlefield

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The battlefield of a long-forgotten, far-off imperial war that once gripped the imagination of the British public is to be opened up for the first time to tourism.

Much of the Malakand battlefield, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, has been under tight military control since Sir Winston Churchill's eyewitness accounts of the campaign were published in The Daily Telegraph in 1897.

The government has now decided to grant access to historic sites such as Malakand Fort where 1,000 Sikh infantry, under British command, fended off 10,000 Pathan tribesmen led by the "Mad Mullah of Malakand", Mullah Mastun. The mullah roused the tribes against British dominion and said the Prophet had ordained that they would eject the foreigners from India.

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