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Suffolk Hill Piquet, Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Suffolk Hill Piquet is a police post situated at 34° 05’ 43” N 71° 07’ 44” E, at an elevation of 1,259 metres (4,131 ft) above sea level,on the Khyber Pass in the Hindu Kush mountain range of northern Pakistan. It is approximately 25 miles northwest of Peshawar & less than 3 miles to the east of the border with Afghanistan.

How to get there:-

By road: From Peshawar, head northwest taking AH1 (N5) Jamrud Road. This becomes Torkham Road & goes through the Khyber Pass to Landi Kotal. Suffolk Hill Piquet is located approximately 1.5 miles to the west of Landi Kotal.

By Rail: Regular train services on the Khyber Pass Railway ceased in 1982. A tourist train called the ‘Khyber Steam Safari’ runs from Peshawar to Landi Kotal on an irregular basis.

Nearest airport is Peshawar International.

Time Zone: Pakistan Standard Time (GMT +5). No daylight saving time in summer.


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History & Derivation of Name

The Khyber Pass, The Khyber Agency & The Federally Administered Tribal Areas




History & Derivation of Name

Piquet is an alternative spelling of picket, a military expression for a detachment of troops guarding an outpost.  This name was given to the westernmost part of the Khyber held by the British during their rule of the Indian subcontinent, and the name has been retained by Pakistan.  It was given this name because the First Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment held the outpost from 1879 to 1881 during the Second Afghan War.  This battalion was on active service on the North West Frontier from 1876 to 1892. (See also The Suffolk Regiment on the Suffolk Misc. page)

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The Khyber Pass, The Khyber Agency & The Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Described by Rudyard Kipling as a sword cut through the mountains, the Khyber Pass is a 33 mile long passage through the Hindu Kush mountain range. The highest point is the town of Landi Kotal, just 1.5 miles from Suffolk Hill Piquet, at 3,500 ft above sea level.  

For hundreds of years, the Khyber Pass was an important trade route between China & the west & was part of the ancient Silk Road. After the arrival of the British in the nineteenth century, three wars known as the Afghan Wars were fought here; in 1839-42, 1878-80, and 1919. It was the British who built the railway through the pass, which opened in 1925.

The Khyber Agency, in which Suffolk Hill Piquet is situated, is one of seven tribal agencies that, together with six frontier regions, make up the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas is a semi-autonomous region of northwest Pakistan which borders Afghanistan to the west, as well as the Pakistan provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the east & north, & Balochistan to the south.

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