(پشاور), known as Purushapura in the old days of Indian
history, is a city in Northern Pakistan
(pop. ca. 570,000) situated at the Eastern end of the Khyber Pass
. Being among the ancient cities of the country, it has for centuries been a centre of trade
between the Indian subcontinent
, and central Asia
. Industries include textiles
, shoes, and pottery
. A university
is also located there.
Peshawar's inhabitants consists mainly of Pashtuns, an ethnic group found mostly in Afghanistan, during whose civil war Peshawar served as a political center for anti-Soviet mujahideen.