The highway to Peshawar is fairly deserted. As we get closer to the city, Pakistan’s rugged terrain gives way to farmlands, and then finally a colorful explosion of traffic and rickshaws.
Though only a 2 1/2-hour drive from Islamabad and all of its modern amenities, Peshawar is conspicuously more conservative. Many women here are wearing burkas or only have their eyes showing underneath their hijabs. I reach up to my headscarf and make sure no offensive hairs have managed to slip out.
We stop briefly in front of the ancient Bala Hisar Fort - erected at a time when Pakistan was in the midst of other wars, centuries ago. I snap a quick photograph.
Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, is on a visit to Pakistan and has urged the country to step up pressure on the Afghan Taliban. CNN's Arwa Damon interviews the general in Pakistan.