PESHAWAR: Pakistani businessman Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi has been kidnapped, threatened with death, forcibly displaced and lives apart from his family: all because of his enormous moustache.
Impeccably trimmed to 30 inches (76 centimetres), Afridi spends 30 minutes a day washing, combing, oiling and twirling his facial hair into two arches that reach to his forehead, defying gravity.
“People give me a lot of respect. It’s my identity,” said the 48-year-old grandfather in Peshawar, when asked why he was prepared to risk everything for his whiskers.
“I feel happy. When it’s ordinary, no one gives me any attention. I got used to all the attention and I like it a lot,” he said.
For centuries, a luxuriant moustache has been a sign of virility and authority on the Indian sub-continent.