Pakistan’s camel-mounted military bagpipe band

A haunting peal reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands reverberates across Pakistan’s inhospitable Cholistan desert the nation’s first camel-mounted military bagpipe band marches, noses in the air. With scarlet and gold uniforms in sharp contrast to the dichromatic landscape of beige and green, the camels’ tails switch in perfect rhythm. Their passengers sway above them with looks of nervous concentration as they try to keep balance while blaring out the notes. “It is very difficult to play the bagpipe while sitting on the camel,” admits piper Muhammad Hussain. “But we have now learned the art.”

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